Wednesday, May 09, 2007

WOW !!

I have named this post 'WOW !!' because that's what I think! This is a necklace Toby has just finished making, it has taken him hours and hours to design and construct, and it is absolutely stunning! I have pictured it whole, then picked out all the details for you to see, and finally on a darker background to show off it's unusual and contemporary asymetrical shape.
The chain is solid silver, purchased new, from a Birmingham silver manufacturer, and all the findings are sterling silver. Some of the beads Toby has purchased new, beautiful tiny seed beads, and shimmering Swarovski crystals. There are also vintage crystal beads, for example the large clear faceted bead hanging from the chain to the side, and the pretty blue one which dangles beneath the hand cut antique glass chandelier pendant. Hand linked into the main chain is my favourite, a large green crystal bead reclaimed from a 1940's necklace we bought at Halifax Antiques Centre. The necklace has a sterling silver toggle clasp and a pretty little chain with beads to finish it off at the back of the neck. If you study the close up picture, 5th from the top, just above the large centre glass, you can see all the beautiful tiny beads that Toby has individually chosen for their colours and lovingly wired together with silver headpins and findings, such alot of work! This is a unique necklace, and it sits beautifully on the collar bone of the wearer. I hope it goes to an appreciative home. It is for sale at £35 plus postage and packing, which, if you think about the time and effort, materials and unique elements gone into this piece, I think it is a bargain!!
Also, as always, commissions taken.
Posted by Penny.


Blogger Caroline B said...

Wow indeed! Simply gorgeous - I love all the 'sparklies' combined with the silver. I am sure you will find a buyer for this lovely piece.

5/09/2007 2:28 PM  
Blogger fhiona galloway said...

Wow!! is the word-it is stunning-colours, design everything!! I esepcially like the cluster of smaller beads.
It's very tempting!!! :0)
Well done Toby-you must be pleased with it yourself!
Now stop tempting me!! :0)))

5/09/2007 2:32 PM  
Blogger Magpie Magic said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love the asymmetrical look, works perfectly. Love the beads as well, colours are just right.


5/09/2007 2:44 PM  
Blogger clare said...

Wow, indeed! Very, very gorgeous. Well done, Toby.


5/09/2007 4:04 PM  
Anonymous carolyn said...


5/09/2007 4:26 PM  
Blogger Pea said...

Hi Penny and Toby,
Just wondered how long a necklace like this takes you to make Toby? It's beautiful by the way.:-)

5/09/2007 4:59 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Oh wow.....Toby, you've surpassed yourself! :-))

5/09/2007 6:07 PM  
Blogger Pea said...

Hi Toby,
So glad you got your buttons. Don't worry if they're not all right for your jewellery- perhaps one or two might be? Anyway, I won't be offended if they're no use!

5/09/2007 6:09 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Hi Pea, I know Toby replied on your blog, but thought others might be interested as well, so thought I would add my bit here!
It took Toby about a day to layout, design and put together the necklace, but ontop of that, I guess like alot of us illustrators do as well, he spends ages looking through magazines and the internet looking for inspiration, sketches in his sketch book, and looking round antique markets and second hand stalls searching for treasures. Then there is time buying the chains, findings, new beads etc. So, it all mounts up, it's a difficult question to answer really, how long it takes....anyway, this gives you some idea I hope!
BIG thank you for the buttons you sent for Toby, they arrived in the post today, really kind of you.

5/09/2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger mermaid_misk said...

WOW! Toby this is absolutely stunning, i love all the detail that's gone into it :)

5/10/2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger Kala said...

absolutely gorgeous Toby, a real masterpeice, well done!

5/11/2007 2:25 PM  
Blogger ladysnail said...

this is such a beautiful piece Toby! its gorgeous. the effort and care gone into creating it is amazing.

5/11/2007 6:13 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Gorgeous. So *many* beautiful things posted here in my absence (you've been busy!).

The thing you have neglected to post, however, is the recipe for that chocolate chili cake! :-)

And Penny - try again and see if the link to my sister's blog works for you now...

5/11/2007 6:15 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Got thru to the blog, thanks, that photograph of your niece (I think?) in the long grass is just beautiful!
Re choc cake, I am not really a recipe person, but I looked in a really old cookery book to get a rough idea how to make a chocolate sponge cake. Then Toby and I weighed some, and guessed some ingredients, flour, eggs, sugar, butter, cocoa, and we added more cocoa and lots of cayenne pepper, and grated lime rind. When it came out of the oven, it was rather well done, so after cooling we scrapped off the burnt part (you can tell what an expert cook I am!!) and sliced it in half. In the middle we put some raspberry jam, mixed up with fresh raspberries, and then layed on slices of fresh strawberries, and put it back together again. After that we covered it with a mixture of 75% cocoa dark chocolate which was melted and mixed with cocoa and cayenne powder, sugar and butter, and spread it all over, then decorated with pieces of chopped walnuts.
What a mixture eh?!! we ate it all though.

5/12/2007 11:46 AM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

It sounds like a rather amazing mixture of ingredients! Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

5/12/2007 8:16 PM  
Blogger Marisa said...

Really beautiful! Toby is so talented!

5/15/2007 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi from the owner of this beautiful necklace. - it has been admired by many down here in syndey australia.
will sned photo soon

6/11/2007 7:10 AM  

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