Lately, I am in LOVE with Waxed Irish Linen Thread, sometimes referred to as Waxed Irish Linen Cord, as a medium for bracelet making. Waxed Irish Linen Thread has been used for a long time in different fiber arts projects like macrame and basket making and also in it’s unwaxed form for book binding. It is a great substitute for hemp when you want a cleaner more refined jewelry look for your bracelets.
Waxed Irish Linen Thread is available in a wide variety of exciting colors and it is easy to thread beads right on without the use of a needle. It comes in different plys or thicknesses giving you lots of creative options for layering and beading the thread. The coating of beeswax makes the cord a bit malleable almost like clay in your hands. This quality really allows the thread to become a beautiful part of your design. The wax also helps to hold a knot securely without any glue. Besides being friendly to work with, a Waxed Irish Linen bracelet feels comfortable around the wrist due to its flexible quality. It generally comes in spools anywhere from 25 – 45 to almost 200 yards, unless you are buying from someone who supplies smaller hanks to try for the first time.
Here is a photo of a few Waxed Irish Linen bracelets I have made in a silver gray and black linen. I wear these bracelets quite a bit when I am just hanging around in my workout clothes, taking yoga or running after my kids. I also like to layer them with other bracelets. More on layering bracelets in another post! They are great casual, chic everyday bracelets. I am working on making different colors and using a variety of beads and closures.
You are not supposed to get the Waxed Irish Linen wet to preserve it’s life – but I wear mine quite a bit even when I am washing my hands or washing a few dishes. I would not submerse it in water like swimming or showering though….. I will probably try to abuse mine a little more to see how much they can really take.
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Leave a comment below and let me know if you like the look of these bracelets or if you have used waxed linen in jewelry making before. Always feel free to ask me the “Bracelet Making Girl” any questions you have and I will do my best to answer them in future posts.