Turks head knot bracelets and contemporary fiber bracelets
Handmade braided rope bracelets in a variety of colors; Unique hand dyed contemporary fiber bracelets; Dramatic wide weave designs in cotton and synthetics. A constantly changing collection of colorful, inexpensive knotted bracelets to keep and share with friends.
The design shown on the left is made with a waxed thread whipping to bind the loose ends instead of the splicing shown in the tutorial.
The material used is a white #60 cotton cord which is about 1/8" (3 mm) diameter.
I measure about 3 1/2 circumferences of cord then cut the piece and un-lay it. This creates three strands, each has a "corkscrew" shape due to the original construction of the cord.
As in in the tutorial above the cord is re-twisted in the circular form three times around. The ends are laid parallel and the whipping is applied.
Here you can see the white whipping cord that binds the loose ends which have been trimmed off in the photo.
A variety of sizes is available, this one is a 6" circumference. These are very sturdy and can be stretched hard to slip them over your hand. They will shrink back to original size or slightly smaller if you get them wet.
Here's another variation on polymer clay beads used in the one button bracelet designs. This one features smooth ribbed beads that resemble lima beans in shape. The holes are made in the base of the bead to enable edge stitching to secure the bead in place.
This sculpy project involves creating beads that resemble the protruding plates of a stegosaurus and incorporating them into a one button design. This spiky bracelet is a companion piece to the Stegosaurus spiked rope bracelet.
The color is a light tan with grey orange and yellow cords. The framing cords are off-white. The button is also made with the tan clay.
Size is a "small" 7" (178 mm) inside circumference.
The beads are made with two holes to enable a firm connection to the fabric. You can see these holes in the photo on the left.
The bracelet is constructed the same way as shown in this tutorial with the added beads.
Resembling the tail spikes of the childhood favorite dinosaur these polymer clay beads look dangerous but are not very sharp.
The spikes are blunt and flexible. These also look like sea urchin spikes but of course the color is not a match.
The polymer clay comes out like a hard rubber texture after the 15 minute curing in the oven.
The longer spikes are held apart by small drum shaped beads. The edge stitching pattern secures all the spikes and beads together. Read more about how to make this type of rope bracelet in this tutorial.
This design is made for a larger wrist measuring 8 5/8" (219 mm) inside circumference.
The infill cords are grey and dark purple. The spikes are "elephant grey"the drum beads are "pewter" both materials made by Sculpey and available in craft stores and online.
The closure is an oversize black plastic button and loop.
Every so often I confront the box full of leftover scraps including this 28 ft piece of white nylon cord remaining from another project. This piece was just barely long enough to construct this 17 part x 25 bight herringbone weave knot.
The layout started with 4 bights (first pass around the mold) set up in a double diamond pattern. The opposing bights set up an even tension when the knot is worked up so it doesn't get all lop-sided.
The mold used is an 11" circumference tube which actually needed about 31 ft of cord so I had to use another piece of cord as a placeholder. Later after working up the knot I was left with about 12 ft of slack so the knot you see here only really requires 16 ft. Scraps go back in the box!
The single strand or "pass" makes this bracelet able to stretch out to 8 5/8" (219 mm) and contract to about 7" (178 mm). It can slip on over a big hand then crush down to the size shown in the pictures. Works kind of like a chinese finger trap (remember those?)
The herringbone weave is famous for the double "V" patterns so popular in fabric design. You can pick them out in the first photo on the red pool noodle background.
This versatile nautical bracelet design is shown here made with a natural white cotton cord and ultramarine blue cotton floss. In this variation of the design the loop has an extra piece of cord secured by the coach-whipping. The monkey fist knot is made with the cord end tucked into the center of the ball.
This is a "small" size measuring 7" (180 mm) inside circumference when closed.
This design is adjustable opening up by sliding the cord through the barrel knots as shown here.
This is a 14 bight x 15 part x 2 strand compound or hybrid weave turks head knot made with ordinary 1/8" white nylon cord.
The weave pattern is:
U = "under"
The layout was done on a 10-1/2" cardboard tube using about 30 ft of cord
The edges come out with the thicker double layer of cord while the center area is thinner, roughly this shape:
Whenever I use a grey and near-white cord combination the potential for color actually increases. The grey takes on a warm or cool tone as the eye compares it to the surrounding materials. The off-white braided framing cords push this grey in a "cool" direction. The clear glass beads put in a tiny bit of spectrum color which the camera filters out of these photos.
The other challenge is trying to white-balance the image which has a disproportionate effect on the appearance of the object. These were all photographed on a bright white field with a white balanced camera setting. After importing the the image from the camera the white background is normalized using the Graphic Converter software. Even after this you an see the background retains some residual color.
Paper beads made from glossy catalog pages come up with the most interesting textures and colors. During the making of the beads they are all covered with the sealant/glue that creates the hard coating so it is not easy to see the color. When dry they begin to show.
These are roughly 6 mm oval beads worked into a simple one button design.
The infill cords are ecru and dark grey setting off the eclectic color of the beads.
This is a slightly wider design variation on the single button bracelet made using heavier framing cords and lighter infill cord. The framing cords have a single row of blue and green glass beads stitched in along the seam. Kind of a soft tribal look.
Two oversized wood buttons and loops make a secure closure that is easy to undo with one hand.
Look for this in the Walker Art Center shop this summer along with a limited selection of other work from Minnesota Artists. You can also visit me on the mnartists.org site where I'm slowly building up a a collection of my favorite items.