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Playing with Jewelry

Playing with Jewelry

I got some itty bitty Czech glass button cabochons in the mail, today.I tried them with some settings,and I am pretty pleased.

I finished a couple of necklaces. One is a diffuser/locket.Because it is a fairly heavy piece, I hung it from a heavy chain. I finished it with one of my favorite antique looking toggle clasps.The other has a piece of Asian fabric captured under glass in a bamboo frame. I wove a black and gold Kumihimo cord to match and finished it with a magnetic clasp.

I’m Knot Crazy!!! (My mother had me tested!)

I’m Knot Crazy!!! (My mother had me tested!)

Well, yes, I admit it. I don’t do macramé, but I love knots. Celtic, Chinese, Nautical! Here’s an extreme example of Chinese knotting that I’ll probably never achieve. I do want to learn some simpler knots, especially to make with my kumihimo cords. I started a new Pinterest board, today, “Lots of Knots.” Come visit!

Kumihimo Lessons

Kumihimo Lessons

red gold KumiFirst of all, I thought these cords would be beautiful together. One is red shot through with a little metallic gold thread. The other is a light gold with just a little sheen.

I was wrong. The light gold looks sand or camel colored in the twist.

Because the red is unevenly woven, the cord is, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had hoped to make a bracelet out of it, but it looks like it’s fated for a gift tie. kumi bow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, these yarns made a beautiful cord.

fuschia Kumi

Here’s what I learned from this one: It’s an 8 strand cord of course, using 4 thick and 4 thin, placed perpendicularly to each other. (+) I began braiding with the thin cords and so they wrapped themselves around the thick ones. I started with 9 feet of each, but quickly used up the thin cords. Next time, the thin cords need to be at least 2 feet longer than the thick.

The resulting cord is beautiful, but all the metal content makes it scratchy. I won’t be using it in jewelry, either.

I Sold a Necklace!!!

I Sold a Necklace!!!

Kumi with mookaite

and the person who bought it actually came to pick it up and paid me!!! (I have three pieces that are waiting for their future owners!)

This is Mookaite from Australia, just like the burgundy piece I have for sale at the Wildflowers Shop in Elkin. Mookaite can be burgundy, pink, rust, gold, white or a combination of any or all of those colors! This piece is mainly rust and gold, so I wove a Kumihimo braid of rust and gold satin cord. I’d hoped to finish it in the fall, but had to find just the right antique copper findings!

Kumi closure