Braided bracelet set

End of July post. I’m back! I was out for a bit dealing with a few health issues, alongside starting crafts projects for my blog, only to find out that I lacked a certain type of bead or material. Not the most lucky person, here!

However, during my most recent visit to my local bead shop (which has now closed, I am very sad about that…) I noticed that one could buy rattail and cord threads for very cheap. I decided to start knotting some bracelets, and received a request from a male friend to make a set of bracelets. They had to be something masculine, and red and black in colour. This was a new challenge for me!

I wanted to make the first one using a kumihimo style. I have made these before using rattail and silver caps, which looked quite feminine. To make it masculine, I used black Chinese knot cord and used 8-thread kumihimo. I left a long tail so that the owner can use a square/reef knot to secure it.

The next type was a macrame bracelet using red and black Chinese knot cord. The red is used as the base of the cord, so it doesn’t show through as much. I attached a sliding fastener and black beads to the ends.

The last bracelet uses the fishtail method for the chevron pattern. It uses equal amounts of red and black Chinese knot cord. The ends are knotted and plaited, so that a square knot can be used.

The set will be gifted to the person, hopefully soon. I used it as a way to get better. Now I’m off to make more bracelets!

Materials: Chinese knot cord (red, black)

Monochrome earrings

For Mother’s Day, I was asked to make a pair of earrings in a certain style. I was referred to a picture of a very old pair that I had made early into my career as a jeweller (no picture on here though, sorry!) but in black instead.

I would have preferred to use black earring hooks and wires, but I was pressed for time and couldn’t find any in time. Since I only had silver, I mixed in some clear beads for a black and white look instead.

The coil under the black beads are my favourite way of hiding the eyes in the eye pins, so it looks a bit cleaner.

By the way, I haven’t updated for over a month due to project work. I should be okay now though.

Materials: silver earring hooks, silver head pins, 0.80mm sterling silver wire, large black beads, assorted smaller black and clear beads

Silver wrapped key pendant

Have you ever seen those wire wrapped skeleton keys or something similar? I wanted to give one of those a go, so I started by drawing out a design on paper. Nothing too complicated for my first attempt.

After I drew the design, I started by cutting out the base 1.50mm wires and shaping them. Symmetry is not my forte but it was as close as I could get it.

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Christmas tree button card

This is the late Christmas post.

I made a simple card for someone by hot-gluing buttons and decorations to a red card, and cut out some green borders to go with it.

I bought a lot of buttons recently. They are so versatile! I’m quite fond of the big tubs of value buttons.

I’m finding it hard to make the time for crafting currently, but I hope to keep with my “at least once a month” update

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