Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
She lost one of a much loved pair of earrings - tears were shed, the house was turned upside down, the path taken the night before searched and turned over stone by stone - and yet, sigh - still no sign of it. Her mother kept it for her in the hope that one day, it might miraculously re-appear - but alas and alack, it didnt.
So, it was brought to me with the remit - 'do something with it' - so I put it on my table and touched it every day, praying for inspiration - till one day, lightbulb moment!!, and Bingo!!!!!!!! - the idea was born.
Back to good old e-bay, bidding for vintage diamante jewellery and crucifixes - all sorts of shiny stuff, - every day yet another parcel arrived - I dont know what that post man thought - all my booty was collected carefully in an envelope labelled Rock Chick - and than one day, when I had about 20 bits and pieces and was ready to flex my creative muscles - this is what came of it.
I have been a fan of Tom Binns since forever - and love his work, I came across it well before Michelle Obama wore it and made his name more widely known. I have always wanted to try out his style of jewellery - it looks like someone (probably Madonna??) has worn every piece of jewellery they own - piled it on willy-nilly, almost shamelessly - but as someone said if you have to ask how much it cost, you cant afford it - his cheapest piece ( that I covet) is about $ 1500 - I already have a mortgage, thank you very much! So I made one inspired by his design ethic myself - a bit difficult as none of the pieces were engineered to go together, so a lot of jewellery makers 'cut and paste' type magic had to be used, and sometimes redone and tweaked as the pieces wouldnt sit right, as I wanted them - and Abracadabra - heres a Rock Chick necklace!
I left it on the mannequin one night and walked past it to the kitchen for a drink of water - it glittered in the light from the street lamps shining into the dining room window - this is one piece of jewellery that probably looks even better with indirect lighting, 'cos it is so glittery and 'big'.
So, it was posted out today - hope I have done the earring justice and that the necklace is as much loved as the earring it was conceived of - and that she has as much fun in it, as I have had making it.
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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