Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello everyone, how is 2023 treating you? I hope you all had a great New Year's celebration, whatever you did. I was working, so took in some food for the people at work and celebrated with them. Fortunately the weather improved for a while and getting about wasn't a problem, although this week has been cold again. I haven't been able to get to the blog for a while due to pressures of work and life in general, and many apologies for that. However, I hope to be back to write at least a couple of blog posts a month - I'm going to stop kidding myself that I will be able to do more. Life has become so busy that I can't seem to spare the time to play with beads.
I have mentioned the bead embroidered piece that is still is in its 'fugly' phase and I just have to wait until I can decide whether I want to tear it up or carry on. Just now it sits on a necklace bust, glaring at me, willing me to pick it up and do something, anything, with it. Instead, I decided to sidestep it and for my first piece of the year to use a strand of dragons vein agate that I'd been hoarding for a while.
I love the look of dragons vein agate - the stones themselves are tactile and smooth, and the markings look like they have been taken from a magical and fantastic tale. I tend not to buy brown coloured stones and am attracted to bright and colourful ones as a rule. However, these were so pretty, I bought two strands. One of them was paired with a pendant of hand carved white jade in an effort to brighten the piece but I wasn't satisfied until I added a crystal in a beaded bezel to the lower edge of the pendant. A few pearls, some Tibetan shell beads, capped with silver and a handful of little blue Japanese seed beads to brighten the necklace even further and, Voila! it was finished.
When I tried it on after the addition of the little crystal teardrop, it seemed too long to me and I shortened it.
It now looks like something a sophisticated woman of the world would wear to a luncheon date in a posh restaurant.
This week, I'm planning to play with black rainbow pearls - I love those oil slick colours. And then maybe, I shall go back to the fugly one and make a decision, one way or another. I can't bear to look at it anymore, sitting there, crying, 'Me, me, me', every time I walk by.
That's me for now, people. I'll be back in a couple of weeks, same place, same time.
Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll catch you soon.