This collection is curated by wildhorsefarm on ArtFire: "I wanted to include all elements of earth, sea and sky in this collection. There are so many wonderful artists and I wanted to list just a few that reflected all of the elements. Take a look at these wonderful artist shops and there are so many others that it would take you days looking at everything. I can't say enough about the artists and their beautiful ideas on their projects. They are very creative and I hope you enjoy the collection."
A simple design of black polyester cord with blue and grey accents. Size is "large" 8 5/8" (219 mm) circumference but only 5/8" (17 mm) wide. No beads in this composition. All of the design )strata( pieces are made from up-cycled scraps of cord and nylon binder thread.
A warm pallet of color including brown, orange, pink, red, black with yellow and green accents. Extra large and extra wide slip-on style cuff bracelet made with up-cycled cords. The continuous design has no seams or closure toggles.
Four ply nylon binding thread keeps the cord structure in a semi-rigid but flexible form. Thread ends are buried. This bracelet was made on a cylindrical mold. The cords were laid out and secured with long needles. The nylon thread is passed back and forth to establish the spacing then drawn up to consolidate the final shape. The cord compresses to about 50% of the relaxed shape.
This project is another that has been sitting in my partially complete box waiting for a decision about the closure design. After messing around with several ideas I worked out a nice lie-flat three button solution.
The colors are bright southwest desert inspired oranges, pinks, yellow, red and purple. Embedded glass beads emulate the treasure hidden in the folds of the earth and visible only to the mind's eye and the careful observer...
The toggle closure system is three loops of cotton cord and buttons. The center loop passes through the red loop then secures on the center button. The two outer loops fit over the smaller buttons.
The center loop and button showing the white loop passing through the red loop.
loop over button on the left...
a row of red glass beads is visible just below the buttons.
Loop over button on the right...secure
This cuff is available for sale click here. If you like this design you may also be interested in this one or perhaps this one.
This is a project that started then got put aside for awhile then finally was finished. The concept is to create an organic "bark" that wraps around the wrist much the way a tree protects the fragile xylem layers with a resilient coating. The materials are hand dyed cotton cord, four plastic buttons obtained at a thrift store, six irregular glass beads, and four ply nylon thread.
The buttons and loops are offset so the seams are highly irregular.There is an opening near the center formed by the pulling away of the cord bundles during the assembly process. Another "hole" is filled with the glass beads.
Open the bracelet by releasing the buttons from the loops.
Built on a 7 1/2" mold this piece is a "small" size inside but varies from 2 5/8" to 3 1/4" wide.
The colors are a mix of greens, greys, blues, with purple, black and magenta red. The texture is firm but friendly. Most of the cords are hand dyed cotton.
Six irregular glass beads cluster like eggs in a nest.
Recently I received a request from a person who wanted a wider version of a design )strata( bracelet purchased previously. This project started out to replicate the colors used in the original in a wider finished size.
Getting consistent color from my small batch dye lots is a significant challenge. I use standardized recipes for the dye baths but there are a number of other variables that control the outcome: Length of time the cord spends immersed in the dye bath, the rinse-out process including the temperature of the rinse water and the length of time in the rinse; and of course the absorption characteristics of the cord.
The creation of this design also involves layout of the cord and the binding process which compresses the cord together. This compression reduces the width by about 50% so a 1" wide finished bracelet starts out at about 2" on the mold.
The finished piece came out a bit narrower than I wanted but the results are I think rather pleasing. Greys, white, pink, and a yellow accent are subdued but interesting and the compression process enables the bracelet to hold it's shape.
You can see more of this type of work in the design section of the Etsy shop and a much larger selection on ArtFire and Zibbet as well.
A few examples of the toggle closure style can be found here and here and here.
Here is a warm collection of southwestern treasures assembled by Shadow Dog Designs who has "...a life long love of Nature and rocks and stones, working with semi-precious stones allows me to satisfy a strong desire to create one-of-a-kind jewelry."
I have several baskets of rocks, shells and other object floating around the house so it's easy to see the attraction of this item. The photo captures the color and especially the texture of the rocky beach covered with what my daughter calls "egg rocks".
This rope bracelet has a very simple pattern with opposing loops of cord that are bound together. The cord reverses direction at each loop to form the relaxed shape. Materials are cotton cord and four ply nylon thread.
This design features 12 big loops and measures about 1 3/4" wide. You might like this design that is a bit more free form using multi-colored cords click here or perhaps this one click here
Knot-ical a new Treasury collection on Etsy curated by tripleEdesign "I create beaded jewelry, all one-of-a-kind pieces, in a variety of bead sizes, styles, and materials. I have created necklaces for wedding parties as well; each bridesmade gets her own unique necklace to accompany the color scheme of the wedding. Most of my pieces have a charm on them, either in a whimsical swirl or an inspirational word..."
Why Knot?(why, I'm glad you asked!) a really outstanding collection of Macrame work curated by magnumrx "Knot Just Knots Macrame Gift shop specializing in Macrame jewelry, Macrame accessories, Macrame for the holidays, and Macrame for home decor."