Saturday, April 5, 2014

Express your personality

They say that jewellery is a visual extension of your personality and a form of self expression.  This is true in our third necklace redesign for our friend Justine.  Not only did she spend a lot of time with us redesigning her vintage pearls into a new necklace, she even made the signature bead.  Yes she handcrafted the large bead that is intricately covered in golden seed beads.  She is a corporate high flyer who loves to use her fine craft skills as a way to unwind.  This golden bead is such a wonderful representation of her personality - warm, strong, bright, intricate, creative...the list goes on.  Do you have a bead in your collection that expresses the essence of you?

Antique pearls now with a modern vibe
as we have incorporated
crystal, resin and that
gorgeous handcrafted seed bead

Monday, March 24, 2014

Caring More About Our Precious Heirlooms

As we were redesigning the second necklace for our client we were discussing
 the value of heirlooms and how they connect you to the past. 
That great feeling that you get from knowing that a loved one has worn these pearls, crystals, faceted glass beads and passed them down to you for new memories to be created. 
Then today we read a really interesting and inspiring article by Wendy Squires about cherishing fashion - we feel that we are cherishing jewels.  By remodelling them we are respecting the past and now giving them a new lease of life for a modern world. 
So after numerous cups of tea, a few chocolate biscuits, lots of laughter,
more biscuits and tea -  we present the results of our work.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Redesign Complete

The first in a series of 4 necklaces that we are redesigning is now completed.  We had enough beads to also create a bracelet ... delivered to the client this evening.
 Have already received the "i love it so much" phone call. 
That is what makes this design journey so enjoyable...

...and the gardenias are so beautiful and fragrant
at the moment.  Could not resist using one in this photo. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Remodelling Pink Quartz

Birthdays are special ... and so a friend's husband surprised her with a NeckSpice gift of remodelling 4 of her precious vintage necklaces.  We started working on the first one last night.  Gorgeous pink quartz from the 80s which have broken and are now in need of an update.  We are experimenting with inserting beaded and crystal beads so that the quartz have a modern statement.  Have a look at our progress...

We experimented with different beads in different positions
 and a number of clasps until we settled on a diamond encrusted magnetic clasp
 to give the new necklace a real lift...

As the length will not be as long as the original necklace...and we are adding
some beads...there will be enough pink quartz
to create a bracelet to complement the new NeckSpice creation, fresh, updated and groovy!!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NeckSpice Moochies & GirlyGirls at LOL 14

NeckSpice joined forces with the wonderful Moochies pyjamas and GirlyGirls hairbows at
Lauriston Out Loud '14 on Sunday for a day of fun and festivities.  The weather was sensational, the music was groovy and the food ... awesome. 
We loved sharing a stall with such bubbly and fun people and hope to do it again soon!
Thank you to Sally and her team of volunteers for the
best rockband/school fair/day out on the green.  Some snaps of the day.

NeckSpice girls in pink, GirlyGirls bows in black and
Moochies Pyjamas in orange

Check out the Moochies website before the Winter weather sets in...the NeckSpice hippie beads in coral, green and blue are just like the Moochies colours for 2014.  One word - divine.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lauriston LOL '14 Fair

We have been busy....we have created some new collections for the Lauriston Girls' School LOL '14 Fair that will be held on Sunday 2 March 14.  Come and have a drink, some yummy food and a look at the new collections.  We look forward to showing you what we have been designing  ... here is a sneak preview 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fresh scarf prints

Fresh scarf prints to add a touch of colour and glamour. 
Floaty silk that is totally amazing to wear.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year to all our NeckSpice readers.  Hope that the start of the year was sensational for you and your families.  We look forward to an exciting year of innovative new designs and even branching out into other products.  For those still on holidays in Australia enjoy the warm weather and for our friends in colder climates stay warm and hope that there is a lot of
hot chocolate in your pantry!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crystals and Butterflies for 50th celebration

What a great way to celebrate your 50th - gather friends and ask them to dress up - have lots of yummy food and drinks, a sensational band and lots of dancing, and then a lolly table with scented candles.  Magical.  So we celebrated by (...dancing the night away) making a crystal and butterfly necklace for this very special and amazing friend.  Happy 50th Birthday! 

During the creative process...

the finished product.  Stunning.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Art Deco Inspired NeckSpice

The Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is fabulous, glorious, wonderful, breathtaking, amazing, inspiring ... yes we loved it and the exhibition has inspired a new collection in our NeckSpice range. 
Elegant beads reminiscent of an era where women broke away from the constraints of corseted clothes to adopt modern fabrics and a new style of clothing that allowed
elegant and fluid movement for the "modern woman".  
These new gowns were documented by Edward Steichen and his use of  light in such a dramatic way is amazing.  We could have stayed at the exhibition gazing at the intricate beading work for hours... 

but lunch with friends beckoned - a perfect way to spend a day in Melbourne.