Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, thanks for coming back today. Thankfully the snow is gone and the lovely, rainy British weather is back. I can tell you there will be no more complaints from me about the rain, it is so much better than the snow.
It was International Women's Day yesterday, although I'm not quite sure why we need a day to honour women. Surely it would be good to stamp out injustice against women, stop domestic abuse, give them educational and pay parity and generally play nicely as a society - after all that makes more sense than just patting them on the head for a day and saying, 'well done' - how patronising is that?
Last week I showed you the 'Fiesta' necklaces I made at the request of a lady from Australia. Of the three I made, she liked the one I was wearing in this photograph, but wanted me to remove the coins in the bottom row. That would have meant cutting up the necklace and changing all three strands substantially. As I was pondering whether I really wanted to do that, another lady from India asked to buy it, so I decided to make more beads in the colours the Aussie lady liked and put together another necklace just for her. Here it is....
As I woke up this morning to post the blog, I found that it has been paid for, so after this I will sort out a courier to take it to it's forever home.
This necklace was inspired by the wedding necklaces worn by the Maasai. They are usually beaded and worn one on top of another in a stack. I didn't think more than three rings per stack would be acceptable for wear by non Maasai people who live in the UK so I made three tubes of polymer clay over wire that were connected together at the back and allowed to sit one on top of the other around the neck. This one is so much fun, so vibrant and interesting.
I loved it so much, I made a single ring - I've always loved the torque necklace and wanted to make one that I could wear easily to work. I think I'm going to keep this one! It is easier to wear and less conspicuous, and can be worn when there is a requirement to be a bit understated.
That's what I've been upto this week, folks. Have a lovely week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.