Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Good Golly, Miss Molly! Only 25 days to Christmas!! How did that happen?? I wasn't looking and it snuck up on me. Oh well, we don't do cards anymore, so that's one thing I don't have to worry about. I just need to get a few pressies for people at work and that will be me done. Fortunately, Mike and I don't celebrate with gifts etc, just food and drink, so I don't have to look for something for him.
Just a reminder of Christmas last domestic post dates:-
Tuesday 18 December
The weekend saw us in Hampton Manor at the show organised by Mitchell Arts. It was part of the Christmas Fayre at the Manor and plenty of people were in attendance. I think it went well, and Toni and Tom of Mitchell Arts were smiling at the end of the day.
This week was all about wire. I bought a large roll of 20 gauge wire - a whole Kg of it a couple of years ago, and it is now running out, I can see the plastic spool. I already have a replacement spool, so wanted to see how many pieces I can make with the wire left on the old one. Also, I have a few tutorials I picked up along the way and thought this would be a good time to play with them. Quite a few are by Nicole Hanna - she writes very clear, explicit instructions, and as long as I remember to cut myself a bit more wire than she suggests, the jewellery turns out beautifully. I have quite a few tutorials for 'advanced wire skills' and even a couple for 'very advanced wire skills', so I pulled them up on my ipad and got on with a couple.
This is one for the very advanced weaver - fortunately I didn't see that before I started, or I might have been a bit intimidated. The piece involves twelve base wires and an element of mirroring that I had to work out and what seemed like hundreds of twists and turns and little curlicues. At last it was done and I strung it simply on a necklace of faceted teardrop shaped Czech fire polished beads. My fingertips were numb by the time I was through, but the pendant made up for it. A little teardrop shaped box clasp was a perfect ending to this lovely piece. I posted it on Instagram and it was snapped up even before I could post it on this website!!
I always wanted to try a design that could set a tall, thin stone and remembered that I had a tutorial for one of these pendants. Next time I will try the design with a quartz needle, I think.
This one was designed by Donna Spadafore and I've made it a few times. I love the curls and twists that hug the side of the 'stone' - the central piece in this one is a vintage broken brooch. I spent a while replacing the missing stones, filing down the broken brooch finding on the back so it wouldn't be scratchy on the skin and getting it ready to turn into a pendant, and here it is.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
P.S - before I forget, here's the code for this month's payday discount.
OHAPPYDAY! is the code and it is valid until the 8th of December. Happy shopping, and get all your Christmas presents in while you can, you have enough time to do it.