52 earrings: #38 On the Vine

One of the goals I had for this challenge was to try some asymmetric and non-matching designs, which I find really difficult! Easing in, these earrings have different beads.

#38 On the Vine

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These are 8-thread shippou kumihimo braids where I misunderstood the thread order movement in the diagrams and so made something that isn’t quite what the pattern was meant to be! 8-thread shippou consists of loops, made because you interlace 4 threads only for a few steps and then there’s a joining step, so you have a row of small holes up the middle of the work. That happened properly here, it’s just the holes are a little more condensed and the 4 thread sections are a little bulkier than if I’d followed the pattern properly. (I made another pair of braids once I worked out what I’d done!)

I’d picked out the lampwork beads I wanted to use, and decided to spiral some copper wire through the holes rather than wiring the beads directly onto the braid, making loops for the beads to hang from. I figure this will cause less wear on the thinner braid sections over time.

I added some Czech crystals in green, brown and yellow-green to dangle from the higher up loops and made copper earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 37 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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