I am mindfully postponing the traditional Monday post for a day or two. It’s all in my head (it’s all about my Training the Elephant tiles and how things are going there) but something else has come up. And I’m blaming Polymer Clay Daily. Again.
A few days ago, that wretched Cynthia Tinapple posted a picture of this gorgeous necklace by Natalja Ivankovo, a Belaslovak artist (she explains this in her blog and here is another shot of her necklace with matching earrings.) I loved it and immediately my head was spinning with possible applications for Natalja’s technique.
It’s a style I’ve loved for a while. It reminds me of traditional Rai necklaces where large beads are separated by discs of red felt. When we lived in Nepal, I made the rainbow one below and a version using sewing machine bobbins (a mere rupee or two each in Nepal). The trouble with the latter was that I nearly gave myself a neck injury wearing it.
Cynthia and I have both played around with shisha, especially in Nepal (and she has a whole Pinterest board of shisha here). I could easily imagine a shisha version of the forget me nots! Looking carefully at Natalja’s necklace (as Cynthia had instructed here) I realised that the bobbin effect could be acheived with significantly less weight! I’ve used some of my emerald canes and gold leaf in the latest version! And am itching to try other ideas.
It feels so nice to wear. It sits very well (great idea Natalja), is really comfortable and moves so nicely. Wouldn’t you know, I have a skirt in JUST THE RIGHT GREEN (I come from the wait until it comes back in fashion school) so may just get the chance to pop it on now and then. It’s been a fun collision of ideas from Slovakia, the US, Nepal and outback Australia. In the next one I make….I’m bringing out the tiny mirrors!!!!