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.