Wednesday, 6 February 2013

At last, the finished bracelet

This week the clasps arrived so that the bracelet for my teenage daughter could be completed. In the end I used the kumihimo braid. An 8 warp braid using three strands of horse hair in each. Threaded onto the warps were black magnetic beads and colourful blue beads.

Inter-twined with the kumihimo braid was some cord and bead. This was then fastened with Silversilk brass ends and finally a brass toggle clasp completed the design.

Here is the finished bracelet.
It was an experiment,to use Silversilk ends because they are intended for use with Silversilk knitted wire.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

A Necklace 'First' for Me!

While I wait for supplies to arrive so I can finish the latest bracelet, more beads did arrive today. I have wanted to make another necklace and today was the day for it.

To make a necklace I needed to use some very long lengths of tail hair. The length was about one metre. Again this was a simple 8 warp kumihimo design using 3 strands of horse hair per warp.

I used a subtle mix of miyuki beads in the braid plus some champagne beads. The little miyuki beads take patience to thread but the end result is really quite stunning for a first try.