June 25, 2009
cotton materials - a comparison
The photo on the left shows two traditional rope bracelets of the same design geometry (14 bights x 3 parts x 3 strands) made from two different cotton cords:
The bracelet on the left is made from a 3 mm Darice cotton cord which has a smooth micro-woven surface. The bracelet on the right is made from a #72 cotton cable cord which looks like a piece of rope with the three part twisted lay. (click on the image for a close up view)
The cable cord imparts a more traditional look to the bracelet. It actually is a smaller version of the larger ropes used on traditional sailing vessels and still in use today. The twisted three part construction adds another layer of "ropiness" to the look of the finished piece. Small imperfections in the string add to the authentic look of bracelets made with this material.
The Darice cotton cord has a cleaner look and works well in bracelets made with multiple parts and wider designs. The smoother surface makes the pattern of the bights and parts is easier to see in larger more complex designs. The natural cotton color is an off-white or "ivory" color which is less bright than a white nylon.
Either type of material may be used to make rope bracelets. These two materials are also dyed to produce the custom colors you see in some of the designs.
Both materials will shrink when wetted. This shrinkage amount varies according to the tightness of the weave and the size of the piece.
When ordering a custom bracelet you may choose either material. Please be sure to specify your choice when making your order.