Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, thanks for taking time out with me today. As always it is lovely to chat with you awhile. The weekend sounds promising with the forecast of a heatwave but one never can tell with the climate in this part of the world and this is why we are always obsessed with the weather. Our small talk is peppered with 'Nice day, isn't it?'s and if we're feeling optimistic but it is bucketing it down, people go 'nice weather for ducks', as if that is some compensation for being half drowned. However, one cannot expect a green and pleasant land without a few (lot) drops of rain!
If any of you are following the blog and wondered if Charlie my cat ever came back - the answer is sadly no, he hasn't. I've registered with various websites for lost animals in the area and postered all the local shops and that's it, I'm afraid, I shall have to accept his loss as final.
Still, I have my beads and baubles to console me and I decided to force myself to play with them. A string of iridescent peach quartz needles was the focus of my attention and I picked out all the beads I had to go with them. I have always loved the combination of orange and peach with grey - to me it seems very sophisticated and subtle - very grown up.
I bought the string of iridescent grey glass beads in the USA last year and the silvery grey clasp is carved from Mother of Pearl, and exceedingly beautiful. I like the idea of an untidy and carefully planned disarray so I moved the strands around until satisfied that it appeared as if they looked like they had been artfully thrown together. Some of the elements are shiny and the others have a matte finish in contrast and they go well together in this lovely statement piece that hugs the base of the neck like a collar.
I made some earrings to go with this necklace - they are simple and made in the same colours. I don't really hold very much with wearing 'matching' pieces of jewellery - to me it seems like trying to diminish attention from the statement piece around your neck. I think that if you are wearing one piece of beautiful jewellery, the rest of your body should be unadorned - or if you wish to wear another piece, it should be as far away from the main action as possible, perhaps around your wrist? That's just my opinion, what do you think?? I'd love to know because people ask me if I have earrings to match, and I have to explain myself all the time.
Polymer clay roses I made in vibrant shades of yellow and orange went with lampwork glass and copper 'tornado' beads to make pretty bohemian earrings.
That's a wrap for this week folks. Have a lovely weekend and I'll catch you next week, same time, same place. Until then
I'm Neena Shilvock, and I'm crazily addicted to jewellery. I've been designing and making quirky and interesting statement necklaces for the last five years and my passion hasn't cooled off one little bit - in fact it has got worse, such that I'm even dreaming jewellery.
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