Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, hope you are all hale and hearty, thank you for coming back to visit the Caprilicious Blog. We are due to have a mini heatwave over the next few days here in the UK and although that doesn't make up for the lack of a holiday, it helps a bit to be able to sit outdoors in the sun, it's not quite as depressing as being forced to stay indoors, sheltering from the pouring rain.
Last week I showed you where I was, with the process of making a necklace inspired by the tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens. These gardens are open for about six weeks each year and the tulips are a sight to behold. My trip to Amsterdam circa 1989 was on a Cosmos tour bus for the princely sum of £99 per head, and we toured through Belgium and the Netherlands, stopping in tiny hotels on the outskirts of the cities we went to in the morning. The Keukenhof was so breathtaking that it is almost all I remember of that distant holiday.
Every year the Keukenhof has a theme and one of them was called Romance in Flowers. The historic spring park was designed in the middle of the Romantic era (1857) as an ornamental garden for Castle Keukenhof. 50,000 bulbs in two layers have been planted to create the romantic flower mosaic. I thought I'd paraphrase the theme title for my creation.
I ended last week by backing the piece with Ultrasuede and edging the circumference, having attached a length of wire to the bottom of the neck piece that was forged into circles to attach what I shall call 'tulips'. The 'tulips' are dyed jade teardrop shaped beads with their pointy end downwards. I wanted to give the impression of colour and vibrancy, resembling a border full of tulips and in the end was quite pleased with my efforts. Here are some photographs of the finished piece.
I think it's pretty nice for a necklace that began with a blank necklace template and a moonstone from Jaipur that had no place to go and no concrete plans of how to get there.
Moonstone is intensely romantic and I wanted the necklace around it to be redolent of perfumed flowers, colour, flowing streams of water and floaty dresses.
That's me for this week, folks. I hope you enjoyed the read and come back for more. Have a great week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place,