Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello everyone, hope you're all well and getting ready for the weekend. I'm told the weather is going to be warm and sunny - I've been holed up in the house for most of the week and it will be good to get out and about. The cat is certainly enjoying himself, although he sometimes gets it wrong and gets caught in a downpour. He then comes to us to be wiped down with a special towel we save just for that purpose.
This week, I made a little necklace for a hummingbird pendant I've had for a while. I always knew I would pair it with garnets, and I added some colourful and contrasting beads to pick up the colours in the beautiful bird. The pendant is three-dimensional, and the maker has taken the trouble to add the little cubic zirconia on both sides, as well as on the back of the bird, between the wings. This is not a place that is readily visible, and need not have been embellished. I always love it when people go the extra mile which is what makes this pendant extra special.
I had a couple of hand made beaded elements in my collection - I made them ages ago and hung on to them for just such a special occasion - they are made with pearls, smoky quartz and little red and silver seed beads, and I used them to flank the pendant. They lift the necklace immensely in my opinion, as they are bright and shiny - using just the garnets didn't work for me for some reason - the necklace looked too dark. I also added colourful gemstone beads at regular intervals to co-ordinate with the pendant.
I love hummingbirds - they are among smallest of all birds. They’re incredibly aerobatic and can fly up, down, backward, they can change direction in an instant and effortlessly shift from full speed to practically standing still in the blink of an eye. This is in part because of how light-weight they are, with some hummingbirds weighing no more than a penny! It symbolises a lightness of being and an enjoyment of life in Native American cultures - and who couldn't use a bit of that?
I found a picture of a necklace I made earlier, many years ago called Hummingbirds Haven - this one lives with a lovely lady in Warwickshire.
That's me for this week, folks. have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you next weekend, same time, same place.