July 21, 2015

mixed cord grommets green 3633 and purple 3634

 The green mini collection combines the darker blue-green with loden and lime to create a verdant contrast. Black whipping goes with the darker shades, brown with the less saturated color.

All about 7 1/2" (178 mm)
The purple mini collection features a darker purple mixed with lighter neutrals and a dark navy. One is a simple all purple color with brown whipping.


Look for these soon on the WhatKnotShop Etsy store.


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July 19, 2015

mixed cord grommet collections 3631and 3632

 This collection of grommet bangles comes from one of the many piles of cord ends and odd bits of color that accumulate during the making of rope bracelets. This group is a mix of colors made with multiple coach whippings. Using multiple colored cords in a single grommet entails securing the extra loose ends. Three colors of waxed thread are used individually and in mixed combinations.

This group (3632) is all about 8" to 8 1/4" in size.
In this group there are both the twisted cotton cord and the smooth braided cords used to create a range of color and texture. The coach whippings are tan, brown, black and white.

This group (3631) is about 7 1/2" in size

An illustrated tutorial showing how grommets are made here.

Look for these collections to be posted in the shop soon.
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July 17, 2015

blue green synthetic cord braided rope bracelet 3625

A wide rope bracelet made with high density braided synthetic cord that has a really pleasing color mix. The braided material is quite stiff and dense so the bracelet assumes a naturally stiff shape when worked up on the mold.

12x5x3 double-diamond turks head knot

very limited edition
7 1/2" (191 mm)
2 3/8" (61 mm)
1 1/2" (38 mm)
Available here at WhatKnotShop on Etsy






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July 15, 2015

wide pvc cuff bracelet 3627

 Extra wide tapered pvc cuff is a piece of arm-more... The open back design is easy to slip on over the hand and the tapered shape fits comfortably on the forearm. A dot line pattern is etched on the outside, the interior is smooth.


7 1/4"(183 mm) narrow end to 8 1/4" (209 mm)
2 1/4" (57 mm) narrow end to 2 5/8" (67 mm)
3 1/4" (82 mm) wide


Available here. 

ArtifactSite is the place to find modern relics designs based on ancestral heritage forms in modern materials.


design and photographs © copyright 2015

July 13, 2015

beaded string bracelet with coach whippings and loops 3624

 Hand dyed cotton cord and traditional coach whipping details combined in a simple multi part string bracelet. Three small glass beads embellish two of the coach whippings. Three closed loops add texture. Design based on traditional sailmaking and rope work techniques.




7 3/4" (197 mm)
2 1/2" (83 mm)
1/4" (6 mm)


Available here




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July 11, 2015

elemental form bangle 3628

Elemental form bangle bracelet is a simple cylinder of proportional size made in a durable pvc material. The slightly tapered edges are finished with a matte texture and no details or embellishments.


7 1/4" (183 mm)
2 3/8" (60 mm)
1 3/4" (46 mm)
Available here on the ArtifactSite






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June 13, 2015

three part leather braided bracelet with monkey fist and loop black 3612

 Using a single piece of 2 mm black leather lacing the challenge was to create a braided form that had no need for hardware and that could open and close without clips or buttons.

This bracelet has a three part braid with three strands for the running part of the band. The ball knot is a monkey fist 3x3x3 with a small plastic bead as a core. The loops are three strands of the lacing that fit over the monkey fist for a secure and easy to manage closure.
 Here you can see the details of the monkey fist and loop toggle.

7" (178 mm)
2 1/4" (56 mm)
1/2" (12 mm)

.3 oz / 9 g


Design can be expanded to make larger sizes
Available here


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June 11, 2015

zig zag carved pattern bangle 3605

Diagonal textured pattern hand carved with an asymmetrical row of dots along one edge primitive style bangle bracelet. The light creamy colored core shows through the incised pattern contrasting with the white surface. A neo-primitive abstract pattern based on heritage African designs this is all new materials using no animal products.
8" (203 mm)
2 1/2" (63 mm)
1 5/8" (44 mm)

1.5 oz / 43 g
Available here on the ArtifactSite


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June 9, 2015

anti clastic bangle 3604

 An elemental simple form that has been hand carved to create a reverse (anti clastic) curve in the center leaving the edges thicker. The rounded and slightly distressed surface texture suggests years of use but this is a new object. Surface is matte and will acquire color and patina with use.

Lightweight CPVC has a hard white surface shell and a softer cream colored core exposed during he making.
8 1/2" (212 mm)
2 3/4" (70 mm)
1 5/8" (43 mm)

1.1 oz / 34 g
Available here




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June 7, 2015

sand dune sculpted PVC bangle 3606

Ordinary CPVC pipe transformed into a sculptural bangle reminiscent of aeolian forms seen on beaches and windblown snow drifts. The outer shell is a bright white the core is a creamy beige color exposed during the carving process. Surface texture is matte with small irregularities emulating the aging of ancient objects although this is an entirely new artifact.

No animal products used in this piece.
8 1/2" (216 mm)
2 3/4" (70 mm)
1 1/2" (43 mm)

1.3 oz / 38 g
Available here



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June 5, 2015

massive bangle bracelet 3603

Simple massive bracelet created in the Handmade Artifacts workshop out of PVC thermoplastic. The concentric layers emulate the traditional ivory materials but this is entirely free of animal products. Very slight surface irregularities attest to the handmade history of this bracelet. Interior edges are eased for comfort when placing over the hand. Surface is a matte texture.
7 7/8" (200 mm) inside circumference
2 1/2" (63 mm) inside diameter
1 1/2" (38 mm) wide (interior surface)

9.5 oz / 270 g
Available here

Part of the collection of handmade artifacts that re-creates ancient heritage forms in modern materials.

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June 3, 2015

three square knot macrame soft bangles 3602

 The 70's called and wanted their macrame back so here it goes… Three made-to-order square knot cotton bracelets made with #24 cotton cord in three colors: natural, yellow, and pink.

This design uses a tube mold to stretch out the circumference cords while the square knots are tied. The ends are pulled tight through the last knot then stitched with nylon thread. Loose ends are removed. Non-adjustable.
 8" (203 mm)
2 1/4" (58 mm)
3/8" (7 mm)


makes a happy stack…

similar design available here or make a request for your custom size and color.



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