This colorful cotton one button cuff bracelet is made from hand dyed cord inspired by the color of sugar maple trees in autumn. The brilliant reds and oranges light up the darkening sky. Unlike the falling leaves this color can stay with you and brighten up the winter months.
These beaded anklets are made from ordinary black plastic pony beads. The design is modeled after the traditional Himba anklets. The model is wearing a 20 strand layered anklet measuring about 7" wide.
These imitation pieces are made with a single piece of multi-filament synthetic cord to provide strength and chafe resistance. The beads are placed in rows of varying lengths between two pieces of black suede. The cord passes through the suede strip, then through a cinch bead then back through the suede. Each row has an cinch bead. You can see the cinch beads with the zig-zag pattern of cord in the photo at left.
A second piece of cord is threaded through the cinch beads shoelace-fashion then tightened up to provide a snug fit.
The ends of the cords are knotted then buried in the rows of beads.
This photo shows a pair of 19 strand layered anklets made with metal beads, possibly recycled nuts, and leather strips. The red shoes are perfect.
One of the reasons cited as to why the Himba wear these anklets is the prevalence of snakes. These anklets apparently provide some protection from snakebites.
The plastic beads are considerably lighter than the traditional materials weighing in at a few ounces instead of several pounds. No tests have been done to determine the potential for snakebite resistance...
Summer is cooling off and a new batch of assembled designs is waiting in my basket to get published and uploaded to the fiber design section of my Etsy shop. This is an example of industrial organic a contradictory combination of rough beads dark colors and things that suggest a machine made origin.
The cuff is made with the edge stitching technique combining hand dyed cotton with bits of paracord to form a matrix that traps the nugget like beads.
The closure is a double button and loop toggle that is offset creating a wrap-around effect.
The poly clay beads were made using a screen to produce a knurled texture making it appear that these are nuts or knobs re-purposed from some piece of machinery.
The colors are darker with black and various shade of green accented by blue and grey. The blue glass beads create a mysterious glow.
Summer got a late start here in Minneapolis but the hot weather has finally arrived in late August and with it a crop of black walnuts. There are several trees along the alley behind the house which have been shedding nuts. There is also a small grove in the corner of a park several blocks away. The squirrels are fierce competition but the harvest is underway.
Here's a look at the first batch scooped up from the ground.
These are about the size of paddle tennis balls and as you can see un-split and therefore safe to handle.
So the important thing about this is that these little green nuts make a very nice dark dye that is used to make a once-a-year special colored cord.