Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Silky Seaweed String and the Peaceful Butterfly

So cold this afternoon that Jane and I locked ourselves inside and experimented with what my daughter calls "silky seaweed string".  It adds another dimension to the Clove range of necklaces.  Contemporary feel and yet it retains a soft feeling.

We love this silky addition to our range that we have decided
 to weave it into a number of the Clove designs.

Then we turned our attention to the butterfly necklace designs that have been occupying a lot of Jane's creative headspace.  She has taken a lot of time to design and perfect the most gorgeous and fun necklace.  Have a look and tell us what you think.  If you wish to order one of these for Summer let us know.

Peaceful Butterfly

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friends Visiting Melbourne Bring Inspiration

Necklace from the past

We have a very close friend and her family visiting today.  She brought with her one of the necklaces that I (Tania) made for her a few years ago.  The colours are sensational.  I have found some more of these beads tucked away in my beading box.  I think I might pull them out and do a few designs for Spring and Summer 2010...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Snow Inspired Creations

It has been the most beautiful week in the snow.  I saw some snow boarders wearing the colours that are reflected in this necklace.  This was made while I warmed my toes and weary body in front of a log fire.

Snowy Green inspired by my Thredbo surroundings

Thredbo Inspiration
 by Keith of Fauxtografix

Busy Week at the Snow

One of the NeckSpice designers took some time off last week to go to the snow.  Not content with the beautiful surroundings Tania took her beads and tools and created a few more pieces in the evenings.  Here are some of the finished creations captured by Keith of Fauxtografix.

One of the Clove necklaces draped artistically
over our light fitting in the Lounge

In the kitchen friends are creating a delicious post ski dinner
 with lots of different spices

Meanwhile in the Lounge Tania is busy creating
 a pink and dark red number

Keith captures the finished piece

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Coloured Pearls

There is something calm about pearls.  They bring a sense of peace both to those weaving them into a beautiful piece of jewellery and the ultimate recipient of the finished piece of jewellery.  Here is my amber coloured resin, gold, and coloured pearl creation for today.

The result of a peaceful evening of beading

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Spring Collection In the Making

Rainy afternoon...perfect for design meeting... and creation of another necklace.  This time it is a creation by Jane.  She has put an enormous amount of thought into the placement of the beads and their interaction regarding shape and colour. 

Jane made this for her 10 year old daughter but it could easily be worn by anyone. Sensational result.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Spice Up Your Existing Jewellery

I was given the most divine necklace from Jane for my *cough* 41st birthday *inaudible cough* and *sigh again*.  It was a tad too short so a few days ago I added some small amber beads to the back and then kept adding and adding and adding larger amber beads to the front on a whim until I ended up with this creation.  I have shown it to her and she loves it.

I think I have transformed a divine necklace into a work of art.  Is that possible?  Whenever I wear it I get so many positive compliments.  Good feedback is so nice. 

If you want me to add to an existing piece of jewellery to transform it email me at

Monday, August 2, 2010

Spring Colours

I have just had a call from a friend and she insists that I cannot only do black, grey and crystal.  OK OK ... I will look for other colours to inspire me.  I promised her that I would experiment with a "real" colour.  Have a look and tell me whether this is "Spring" enough...would non Melbournians give me the golden tick?

Pearls and crystal in progress - it will be 3 strands with ...

... removable pieces that can be worn as a ring

Buttons Are Beautiful Too

I love to sew and remodel clothes.  One day I was in a specialist button shop in Melbourne - they have an amazing collection of buttons and clips.  I thought the "industrial" buttons were very funky and would suit a necklace.  It is strange but I now look at things with the brief in mind "can I convert that into a necklace".  Unusual, fun and often challenging.  Here is the result.

Winter in Melbourne

While I am frantically preparing the Spring collection I noticed that it was 11 degrees in sunny Melbourne today.  Our grass is covered with!  Does this mean I should stop making black and grey creations and switch to brighter colours?  I love black, crystal and grey - I would wear them every day if I could.  I think that is why I have ended up in Melbourne.

Does Crystal count as another colour?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fiddling with Pearls

I have been inspired to look at pearls and how they interact with resin and crystal beads in a necklace situation.  The beauty is that the pearls give a "dressed up" feeling to the necklace while the resin and crystal make the necklace at 2010 piece.  Have a look and let me know what you think about this style.

The extra pearl pieces are like the rings of Saturn and can be removed so that the necklace has a more streamlined look for some occassions and a heavier look for others. 
These pearl removable pieces can also be worn as a ring!!

This necklace is super clever - I have attached 3 strands but each can
be removed to create 3 different looks - multifunction necklace for multitasking women.