Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, thanks for joining me again today. We are in mid August now and there are but 18 weeks, or 129 days to Christmas. That means that autumn is just around the corner but I refuse to think about that, all I want to do is to enjoy the last few days of summer left to us.
I spent my days as a child in tropical warmth where we were required to stay out of the sun and we spent our days cowering indoors till the sun was low on the horizon. As kids we couldn't understand the idyllic life the kids in Enid Blyton books seemed to live - long summer holidays basking in the sun, scoffing lemonade and tinned peaches. Now that I live in more temperate climes, I want to go out and sit in the sun lest I blink and miss it altogether - I have to confess that tinned peaches are overrated, in my opinion.
This week, I made a necklace with coral beads I received in a bead swap from a friend who lives in Scotland. She makes exquisite, dainty pieces of jewellery at AleksandraDesigns and didn't want the coral, so we rummaged around in our collections and came to a very satisfactory mutual arrangement. The coral heishi beads are irregular and very brightly coloured. I teamed them with wood jasper rectangles, slab nuggets of chalcedony and some chunks of bloodstone that a friend sent me from the USA when I first started out in 2011. Artisan made Nepalese beads, inlaid with turquoise and coral, and bone beads from Tibet, hand carved and coloured red and blue were added for even more colour and interest - just in case the coral wasn't showy enough!
It paid me to have that clear out as I found so many pretty beads that I'd forgotten about in my collection and I can't wait to use them as I go along.
I made these earrings to go with the necklace I designed for my customer in Bangalore. As the necklace is very flamboyant, I kept the earrings small and simple. They are about the size of a fifty pence piece - and for those whom that analogy means nothing, the earrings are about one and a half inches long.
My sister in law went to a party wearing this necklace - I made it a couple of years ago and it isn't one of my more flamboyant pieces.
Someone at the party fell in love with the necklace and had me make one for her, having obtained permission from my sister in law - I will be sending a whole bunch of pieces to India at the end of the month so thought it was about time I got it made and ready for delivery.
That's me for this week, folks. I'm working at the day job this weekend and hope to salvage a bit of time to play with an idea I've been incubating for a while. Come back next week and see if it worked. Have a lovely week in the meantime and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
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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