September 30, 2016

small massive bone bracelet replica design 4025

 Inspired by the traditional bracelets produced by ancient cultures from the femurs of cows and other animals this replica has all the heft and texture of tradition with a modern sensibility. The organic form is bisected with a thin geometrically perfect line that emphasizes the tension between the free form shape and the machine made world where the materials originated.

Hand carved from laminated PVC pipe and finished with subtle polish that brings out the textured surface with all the small variations.
 Measuring only 5 1/2" (140 mm) inside circumference this bracelet would be worn by a child or small adult. The smoothly polished interior surface resembles an ancient artifact that might have been in use for generations.

Substantial weight at 2.5 ox / 72 g this bracelet has a pleasing massive quality.


Available here.
A few other designs that you might like:

large bangle bracelet 3560

massive bangle bracelet 3603

petroglyph bangles G H 3737

thick bone bracelet split back seam 3752

design and photographs © copyright 2016

September 29, 2016

super thin stackable bracelets 4029

A little stack of little bracelets created from thermoplastic but shaped and finished to resemble traditional horn, ivory, or bone materials often used by traditional cultures. Since the illegal ivory trade is destroying the elephant population in Africa it is important to find alternative materials that can offer similar properties to recreate traditional forms.

Stacked this collection is less than 1" high.
Composed of four slightly oval shaped pieces these bangles are made from white PVC plastic. Cut from a section of round pipe and then shaped to remove the edges the finishing reveals the pure white color of the material.

Progressive treatment with fine sand paper creates a matte surface. Final polishing with felt media brings out the textured surface with highlights.


See this collection at ArtiFactSite
Other designs similar to this you might like:

eclipse bangle moon bracelet 3731

bone bangles sculpted slender bracelets 3463

white bone bangle bracelets 3309


design and photographs © copyright 2016 


September 28, 2016

bluff at Justice Bay

The tree covered sandstone bluff with sea caves below. Southeast corner of Justice Bay in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.


size:  5"(12.7 cm) x 7" (17.78 cm)




design and photographs copyright 2016

September 27, 2016

Lakescape watercolor Oak Island at sunset #2

View west from the north side of Oak Island at sunset, part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin.


size 7" (17.78 cm) x 5"(12.7 cm)




design and photographs copyright 2016

September 26, 2016

Apostle Islands sea cave watercolor

Sea caves on the southeast corner of Justice Bay on Sand Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI.


size 7" (17.78 cm) x 5"(12.7 cm)




design and photographs copyright 2016

September 25, 2016

mixed color two strand bracelet collection 4007

 Mixing up color means more than dissolving dye in jugs of water. Here's a collection of two strand bracelets that are made of two color cords in affinity pairs.

Available while they last, check the ETSY shop for more listings or click here to see what remains of this collection.
 A Blue and gold about 7"

 Gold and yellow about 6 1/4"
 Sand and sage (green) about 6 3/4"
Purple and grey about 7"


Click here to see this collection 

design and photographs copyright 2016

September 19, 2016

more two strand knotted rope bracelets 4006

 Second group of two strand designs also made from the ends of color runs and other materials I have hanging around the studio. All these are the medium weight cotton hand dyed using a water soluble system.

Check the ETSY shop to see what remains of this collection. These are limited edition bracelets. Sizes and colors will change with materials availability.


 Royal blue 6 1/4" (158 mm)
 Taupe 7" (178 mm)
 White (ecru) 6 1/2" (165 mm)
Canary 6 1/2" (165 mm)

Click here to see what's in-store!


design and photographs copyright 2016

September 17, 2016

another group of two strand random color rope bracelets 4005

Extra pieces of cord are produced frequently during the development of color sets. A batch of bracelets is made and a few ends remain often not large enough to make a full three strand design. These narrower two strand designs are the result…

Sizes are non-standard based on the length of the remainder cord. Ok you can ask for custom sizes but the color might be different.

See this collection here or find
  similar collections here.


 Sage green made with soft lay cotton 6 1/4" (158 mm)
 Sand tan made with medium weight cotton 7 1/4" (185 mm)
 Royal blue made with medium weight cotton 7" (178 mm)
Olive green made with medium weight cotton 7" (178 mm)


design and photographs copyright 2016

September 15, 2016

child size rope bracelets 4009

 Kids love a day at the shore and what could make them happier than having a traditional rope bracelet? These are small scale bracelets made from thinner cotton that are just the right size for smaller children. The smaller cord creates a tighter braid pattern with some natural flexibility.

Sizes are about 6" (153 mm) circumference and can be special ordered in alternate sizes if desired.


Dark charcoal #24 cord to, 17 part design
Red #18 cotton, 17 part design

Additional colors are available, please visit the ETSY shop to see the selection.
Light purple #18 cotton, 17 part design








design and photographs copyright 2016

September 12, 2016

skinny two strand rope bracelets collection 4003

 These skinny rope bracelets are made with only two passes (strands) so they are narrower than the traditional three part design. This smaller width makes them perfectly proportioned for smaller sizes favored by children and teens. Here's a fun collection in some simple colors.


In the shop here
 Green 6 1/4" (158 mm)



Size depends on the length of the leftover piece of cord...
 Teal blue 6 3/4" (172 mm)
 Purple 7" (178 mm)
Red 7" (178 mm)




design and photographs copyright 2016

September 1, 2016

super soft collection 4001

Soft laid cotton cord takes the dye in a variegated range producing a rather pleasing color outcome. Some of the fibers acquire intense color, others less so producing slight color contrasts when the cord is made up into bracelets.

This collection shows a limited range of color including purple, pool-bottom blue, lighter teal blue, and a teal center stripe combination.

The "white" is actually a near white or ecru color which shifts the color slightly grey.
 Teal blue
Purple



More like this is available at WhatKnotShop



design and photographs copyright 2016

August 30, 2016

bent plastic fiber bracelets 3996

Bent plastic refers to the source of the fibers for these bracelets: a length of plastic rope used as a cushioning material between large diameter pieces of steel pipe. The rope was recovered from the construction site, cleaned, then unraveled to reveal the fibers.

The irregular shape is a result of the bent fibers distorting the naturally circular form that grommets tend to take on when made from relaxed (cotton) cord.

Here's a collection of cotton grommet bracelets.
 This one is made from pure plastic filler embedded in the rope to provide some elasticity. It's actually a thin strip of material that has been twisted into a cord like form.

Whippings are made with waxed thread.

Here is a similar collection made from beach rope.
This one is made from a piece of bright blue synthetic. You can see the "corners" where the natural distortions of the fiber cause local anomalies in the curvature.

See the collection available at WhatKnotshop



design and photographs copyright 2016