Today’s design is a pair of bracelets that I designed to wear together… they’re inspired by the jewellery of the West Coast Surf culture, and are meant to wear on a casual Summer day, hopefully idling the warm hours away at the beach.
The first bracelet that I created was the black suede bracelet at left. I added only a few little silver beads, and then twisted the two strands to ply the bracelet into a double, twisted rope. I learned how to ply yarn while helping my Mother when she used to spin her own wool. I used a vastly simplified version of the same technique here.
To replicate the thick effect, hold the two metal capped ends of the bracelet in one hand, and the end with the clasp in the other. Simply twist the two ends of the bracelet in opposite directions until they are super tight. Then, fold the taut strands carefully and exactly in half, and they will wrap around themselves into a thick rope. (It sounds more complicated than it is…) I used my standard double lobster clasp to hold it all together, but it would be much prettier, and easier, using one of the decorative locks. I put the silver capped ends as well as the end with the tiny holes into one half of the lock, and then put one of the leather strands through the other half of the lock.
I am quite delighted with this technique for making a thick, sturdy and comfortable bracelet from the leather. I do find that unless they fit just right they flop around a bit. This is a great method for making a floppy bracelet behave itself again.
I felt like adding another fine chain to my stack of bracelets, so I quickly put together a twist on the solo pearl design. I strung a tiny sterling ring on to keep my pearl company. I wore this ring when I was a child, and now often enjoy it as a slender accent between glass or amber Trollbeads. Here it seems to orbit the pearl, and jingles gently.
I’m really so pleased with my new leather idea – I can’t wait to try it out with a decorative clasp and various bead ideas!