April 27, 2016

bold beaded cuff 3917

Really big clay beads are used to create this knobby bracelet. The hand dyed cotton cord makes a flexible framework with the edge stitching holding all the beads together.
 Here's the quarter view showing the button and loop closure. Inside circumference is 7 1/4" (183 mm) Here are some other designs you might like:

Leather bracelet with clay bead

A similar design with smaller beads

A bigger badder design industrial punk….

Adjustable design in hemp fiber
Side view

More like this in the fiber design section of the ETSY shop.

design and photographs copyright 2016

April 25, 2016

handmade rope wrap bracelet with button 3924

 Handmade rope handmade "boulder" button and hand sewn whipping detail completes a wrap bracelet.

These are large loops that are easy to turn into what look like multi-strand bracelets by wrapping the cord around the wrist and dropping the button in the loop.
 Here's the compact 6 wrap form showing the tan whipping detail.

Multiple colors and thicknesses of rope are available, this one is a manufactured cotton yarn with four pairs of two yarns each (4 x 2). The yarns are looped through the button and secured by the natural twist of the rope.

Here's a look at the rope machine
See this one and many other variations available in the wrap bracelets section of the online ETSY shop.

design and photographs copyright 2016

April 2, 2016

making small segments of cordage on a bench top rope machine part 2

 Part one shows the machine setup and cordage making. Go back to part one.

This is part 2 showing how the segments are finished off.

The wind is complete and the separator is disengaged from the twisted yarns. A few additional turns on the crank brings the wind to the critical end point.
 Here the separators is removed leaving the tensioned yarns in place. A tiny drop of white glue is introduced into the center of the cordage and a few more turns are taken. This holds the four strands together after the rope is removed from the machine.
 A piece of vinyl tape is applied to compress the yarns and prevent unravelling. This can be removed in a few minutes as soon as the glue takes hold.

The traveller (at the other end) is disengaged and the cord is allowed to relax into it's natural shape.
 Once the tension is removed the end loops can be disengaged from the hooks.
The finished cordage segment is relaxed. The twisted pairs are naturally held together by the reverse twist of the group of four.

Some excess wind has been released as the cordage is removed from the machine but the material is at equilibrium and ready to be used.

See the products of this machine in some of the following posts.

design and photographs copyright 2016 George Hutchinson