I’m back from the Bahamas, I’m freezing again and it was time to get back in the studio! Atlantis on Paradise Island is a really fun place and my family and I had a great time but it is amazing how much I miss my jewelry making when I am away from it for more than a few days.
I had just barely started a new waxed Irish linen bracelet before I left. I had come up with the idea in my mind to incorporate silver chain fluidly with the linen cord but I had not worked out exactly how I was going to do it. At 6am this morning, I popped out of bed, made my coffee and down to the studio I went. This is the end result. I really like the combination of the sterling silver chain intertwined with the waxed Irish linen.
◊ I used 7 ply waxed linen thread in walnut brown. I like the little extra heft it gives compared to a 4 ply linen cord.
◊ Sterling silver chain. Any open airy link will work for this look. Probably no bigger than an 8 – 10 mm link size. You need about 6″ of it. You will double it over.
◊ Sterling Silver S hook – small about 3/4″ including jump ring.
◊ Silver plated barrel beads – holes have to be big enough to accommodate a single strand of the cording.
◊ Larger, big hole silver bead. Mine is a non sterling one with a flower motif from Michaels.
◊ Any silver charm. I used a dragonfly to go along with the flower on the large hole bead.
Here is the general technique I used to make this bracelet. To help those of you who like to watch and learn (like me) in early January I will be doing a few videos to show exactly how I make bracelets from the waxed Irish Linen. Leave your best email address by clicking on the enter email box to the top right so you can get an update when the short videos tutorials are available.
1. Cut two strands of the linen cord. One strand needs to be twice as long as the single piece so you can fold it in half. Line the folded loop end up with the end of the other cord. Tie all the cords in one knot close to the fold with the final loop being no bigger than 1/2 “. You will have a little tail in the loop. You can cut this off.
Side Note: The great thing about the waxed linen is how easy the knots are to make and strong they are. However, you need to carefully plan the placement of your knots because once they are tied – they are there to stay.
2. Slip a silver barrel bead on the middle strand, let it float in the middle and then tie a knot with all three strands about 3/4″ away from your original loop.
3. Slip on a second barrel bead right on top of the knot you made and knot it again so the bead is right in the knot. This will give a nice chunky effect.
4. Knot all three strands once next to the beaded knot – without a bead.
5. Repeat step three again next to the plain knot.
6. Make a single knot again next to the last beaded knot. Take your chain and fold it in half. Take a loop from the folded end of the chain and slip the linen cord through and knot it again. This anchors the one side of the chain.
7. Separate the three strands of the cording and randomly weave it through the doubled over chain. Stretch out your bracelet relatively flat.
8. Tie a knot in the other end of the chain making sure to grab a loop from both ends of the chain. I knotted my two end loops separately near eachother.
9. Make another single knot next to the knotted end loops of the chain and slip your large barrel bead over it. The knot sort of holds it in place.
10. Take your silver S hook with jump ring attached and slip the linen cord through the jump ring and knot it twice. Cut off your excess cord. I then decided to decorate the loop end and lifted a piece of the cording in the knot and added the butterfly charm. That’s it!
This results in about a 7″ bracelet from the end of the S hook to the end of the loop.
For more information about waxed Irish linen for making bracelets, refer to this other informative post on my blog: http://wp.me/p19X3q-d
Now talk to me! Do you like this bracelet? Do you think you can make one using these instructions? Any more questions/comments just click “leave a comment” and I promise to get back to you! : )