Archive for July, 2013

52 earrings: #31 Dancers of the Upper Air

This week, the knots at the tops of these braids looked like little faces, so I went with it.

#31 Dancers of the Upper Air

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I made kumihimo braids in shades of blue and wire-wrapped them in sterling silver with some of my blue lampwork glass beads. I twisted and bound the top tassels to be like hair.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 30 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #30 Orange Chevrons

I’ve collected a nice pile of different colours of embroidery threads to use for my kumihimo. Here’s a pair of earrings I did in oranges, pink, peach and ochre.

#30 Orange Chevrons

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The kumihimo is a flat braid chevron pattern – I had some difficulties with the tension in this braid, had to go in and tighten it up some more and then found I had tightened it too much in places… I work without weights on the threads and I suspect this braid would have been easier with them.

I wire-wrapped the tops of the braids in copper and knotted the tassels at the bottom, some with frosted seed beads on them.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 29 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #29 Black Daggers

It is incredibly hot in London at the moment, making me utterly useless. Last week’s earrings are pretty simple as a result!

#29 Black Daggers

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Shiny black hematite daggers, wire-wrapped in sterling silver and with sterling earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 28 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #28 Spiral Hoops

Some spiral kumihimo loops with lampwork beads on them this week.

#28 Spiral Hoops

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The kumihimo spiral braids are in purple, teal green, gold and baby blue. These are the ones with the looser spiral – if you make them the other way you get a tighter spiral. I added a pair of big hole beads in dark turquoise I made previously. (I also had some in Lauscha turquoise which doesn’t have the grey sheen, but they were a little too bright, I thought). Copper earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 27 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #27 OctoKumi

And here are the next pair of kumihimo earrings! These are the octagonal braid and I put all sorts of beads on the tassel ends.

#27 OctoKumi

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There’s a little lampwork spacer hiding in there on each earring, along with Czech crystal, wooden rondelles, acrylic beads, crackled crystal and little seed beads in teal and brown. These are long but still comparatively light. The tops are wire-wrapped in the end of my flame patinated copper.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 26 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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Kumihimo braiding

Before I show this week’s pair of earrings, I wanted to get this post written. I took a few pictures the other week to show all my braids-in-progress.

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All the braids! The large brown and pink braid was my first one, in 1.5mm cotton cord – I then started using C-lon/S-lon for the others. After the thin blue and brown braid, I decided I don’t like 8-strand braids in the thinner threads, so everything after that has had more strands.

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These are a pair of octagonal braids. It took me a while to get the hang of these because you have to alternate rotating clockwise and counter-clockwise and it’s very obvious when you forget and go the wrong way! But I worked out that if you think of it as switching between positions 24 and 32 instead, it’s much easier because you can always see where to go instead of having to remember what you just did.

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These are my flat braids that I’ve already made into earrings.

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These purple spiral braids are interesting, because if you switch the left threads down instead of the right, you get a looser spiral that I prefer in some ways. I have two going one way and one shorter one the other way in the photo. In the right corner you can see the aforementioned thin blue and brown braid, and there’s also a bracelet-length piece of the teal/brown/gold braid I’ve used in previous earrings.

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I made my centre weight from a fugly bead and some brass wire. I can hook it into the knot at the end of my threads.

I got a whole load of embroidery thread off eBay, so I have many more colours to play with now!

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