Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Got chatting to a Facebook 'friend' - she makes the most delicious jewellery, in the USA, and it turns out she comes from Bangalore, as do I. I originally contacted her over a year ago to enquire about one of her pieces, not realising that this would lead me down the path of a serious bead addiction and a quest to make my own stuff. Anyway, she was nice enough to look over my 'bits and bobs' album on FB where I posted stuff as I went along, and she encouraged me to set up a page and now here I am, talking to all of you with my very own blog - wouldnt have believed it 2 years ago.
Promised D a piece of jewellery as a gift for all the encouragement -you know how important it is when one is starting out. She sent me a picture of her in a Yoga outfit and this inspired me to make this armband for her. Turns out she is one talented lady with a fab singing voice!
Then went on to the next programme on my agenda - mixed media jewellery - I have wanted to make simulated gemstones, and glass out of polymer clay and set it in Precious metal clay. So, bought a tutorial from a lady on ETSY to make faux glass and spent a whole day painstakingly attempting to create faux glass beads - what a disaster! - I don't know what went wrong, and cannot find out. The lady who wrote the tutorial said it was meant for Pardo clay, which you don't get in the UK, so I substituted what I could find, and the resultant beads were so bad, they went in the bin - I did keep them for a couple of days hoping they would grow on me - like a wart - but they didn't. I saved pics of them in an album aptly called 'cr*p' - and that's the only reminder I want of that.
Met and became a member of a Jewellery makers group on Facebook a couple of weeks ago - only those people heard my cries of anguish - and they were very supportive. So, I got back on the bike the next day, and made what I call The Desert Mambo necklace - am in a better mood after that, I assure you.
The Desert Mambo Necklace
Creamy polymer clay ruffles, edged with gold, a reversible focal pendant, patinated and varnished copper wire, for a lasting finish and to prevent discoloration of the skin on contact, and a contrasting orange coral bead, just to make the colours 'pop'. Asymmetrically wired to satisfy my requirement for disorder!
Also made a couple of brooches for Mike's friend's wife - he wanted a dove of peace as Mrs B was a prominent member of the CND in Wolverhampton in her time. He didn't like the first one - and he made so many requests for design changes, I just thought it would be simpler to whip up another one. Did you know the dove of peace has to look to the left - he says so - not borne out by Google images though, he wanted it to have a wing - 'couldn't you add on a wing?' he asked plaintively, he didnt like my beloved dangles - I cannot seem to make much without those - they add movement to a piece - I think - but of course, he commissioned the piece, and the customer is always right - right?
So, the first one is the reject - am interested to hear your comments - the ladies from JAR were all in favour of a lynch mob, but I just made another one - I'm nice like that!
The doves were made with copper wire and wired invisibly to vintage brooches.
Finally got my kiln going - truth be told, I was a bit afraid of it - something that small that can go up to temperatures of above 1000 degrees C should the pants off anybody!
So got my Copperclay bits made, dried them and took them to the kiln at the top of the garden - I have no other space for it. Mike and I toasted my first effort with tea, and then after a bit of faffing about with the programming, on it went. Got some credible pendants, although a couple broke as they were too thin - I suppose par for the course - this seems to be the week for a 'will do better next time' mantra.
I have now made use of the Facebook Vendor shop application and put in a few pieces of jewellery - has taken me a bit of time uploading all the information - please go have a look and tell me what you think - I hope you like it. See you next week, same time, same place.