Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how are you today? I've been so busy this week with one thing and another that I haven't had a moment to catch my breath. And it hasn't ended yet - I'm working all weekend and am sitting in front of a computer at work, trying to catch up with you during a lull in the proceedings - hopefully not the one at the eye of a storm, but a harbinger of the rest of the next couple of days.
I've had time to make a little pendant during the evenings - I made it to go with a necklace that I have - the plan was to make a beaded bail and thread it onto the necklace. Unfortunately I made a boo-boo and the bail is too narrow to fit the end caps of the necklace - however, if I had made the bail any taller, it would have been disproportionately large and unbalanced. C'est la vie and the best laid plans, etc, etc. So now I was left with a pendant and no necklace to hang it from. What a pain in the proverbial! I decided that I was going to make a necklace myself - I've always wanted to try this stitch, and I decided that now was as good a time as any to take the plunge. Like most people, I have to push myself to leave my comfort zone and it takes circumstances to click into place for me to decide that I should get on with it. However, I didn't have the time to finish the whole necklace, so have to show you pictures of half finished work, taken with my iphone.
Last weekend, I was rummaging through my stash of beads and found a string of 'Desert Rose' beads that I had picked up a little while ago. At the time, I just needed to have them in my stash because they are so pretty and so different from anything I have ever seen. I've been wracking my brains since I bought them for a way to make something with them and I decided I would mix them up with something dark, and super shiny. Whatever I used would also have to be light, as these beads are pretty heavy. I couldn't come to a decision at the time, and the beads went into my bead box. As I couldn't find anything in my stash to match the description of what I detailed earlier, I decided to make them myself. I looked to a tutorial by Debbie Crothers, an Australian polymer clay artist and designer, who specialises in surface techniques to embellish polymer clay. She makes some really interesting 'grungy' artefacts and I love her style. The beads were made with Ultra Light polymer clay, and then coated with liquid clay and foils, with a final cure using a wallpaper stripper type heat gun.
That's me for this week, folks, have a good week, and I'll catch you next Friday, all being well, same time, same place.