A couple of months ago, while visiting New York, we met the lovely Gretchen Jones and were fortunate enough to spend an entire day crafting in her über charming Brooklyn apartment . Not only is she amazingly talented and fascinatingly storied, Gretchen is one of the most humorous and genuine people we’ve gotten to know. After raiding a local hardware store for supplies and hardware, we spread out over her workspace, and whipped up several pieces of jewelry while sharing anecdotes.
As you can see, using two colours of yarn at ninety degrees gives a helical pattern. Changing the order of the yarns at the beginning will change the pattern you produce, as will using different numbers of colours, or pairing different colours in each arm. You can change the direction of the helix as well, by swapping the side you move - top-right to the bottom, bottom-left to the top. It is possible to change the direction of the helix part-way through the braiding as well. With care, you can weave so many steps one way, then the same number of steps the other way, and produce a zig-zag pattern. Of course, you can also use this loom to weave the seven strand braid , and probably many other combinations as well.
By Kate on October 25, 2011 H ello there! I finally got around to posting after a hectic few weeks. I’ve been working on a big project which is all done and dusted now so I will be making more frequent updates between now and Christmas…phew! I sincerely wish there were more hours in the day! I’m hoping to post another Halloween craft in the next day or so.
I found some really girly-looking things at Lowe's, so I decided to make a piece of jewelry. I got 3 sizes of mirror rosettes (those clear flowers used like washers to mount mirrors on the wall), external-tooth washers, and a couple paint samples (regular and faux-finish samples). I decided on a pink & brown color scheme, and I glued my chosen paint samples to the backs (the same way you'd do with a marble magnet). Here they are while still wet:
For this project, you will need a short length of the metal coil. If you have a friend or family member in the electrical trade, then that is a bonus for you. Perhaps they will bring you home some for you to create with.
We made this simple, elegant pendant with only copper washers and scrap sterling silver wire. I really like the way it looks... and I especially like the fact that few would guess that this pendant was made only from found materials. Materials 2 copper washers 18-gauge sterling silver wire Tools Bordering or goldsmith hammer Steel bench block
I must confess, I love jcrew so much. I even love the bags! (Hate to throw them away.) Then it hit me: why not make a rope bracelet from the handles? Here’s how I did it in just a few steps.
ANNOUNCEMENT: A select number of these bracelets are available for sale here . I know, I know, MORE friendship bracelets. I can’t stop myself. I am a friendship bracelet making machine. My 9-year old self would be so proud!
I’ve been planning this post for weeks. But sometimes when I make plans I forget that I’m a mom. And I forget that cars can die, that kids get sick, that friends will need last minute help, that stores don’t like to carry exactly what I need or they purposely make it very hard to find, that family events tend to take all day… for three days in a row, and that my kids need to see my face from time to time.
This year has been the year of the arm! From Man Repeller’s Arm Parties to the rebirth of the friendship bracelet, wrists seem to be getting all the attention these days. It’s not about chunky bangles but it’s all about the tiny bracelet…. lots and lots of tiny bracelets. There’s nothing like a wristful of bracelets. I’m sure over the past year we’ve all perfected the art of layering our favorite collection of colorful bracelets. This season, why don’t you give the give of a hardware embellished bracelet?
You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! With that being said, we’ll show you how to master a version of the ever so popular wrap bracelet. It’s so simple and addicting, you’ll soon be churning out these wristlets with your eyes closed.
It’s been awhile since our last bracelet DIY . I don’t know about you, but our wrists have been begging for another colorful addition for months now. So after playing with some materials that were already on hand, we’ve created a tutorial for a braided bead bracelet, which is a not so distant cousin of the hex nut and wrap bracelet . Because honestly, you can never have too many . . . You’ll need:
The moment we saw Phillip Lim ‘s Box Braid Collar Necklace , we were immediately overcome with a wave of nostalgia. Our memories of a neon, plastic box braid lanyard was suddenly transformed into a sophisticated leather jewelry component. Honestly, brilliant! Inspired by our fondness of Lim’s necklace and our love of utilizing hardware, we made our own interpretation of a box braid necklace. And in case you forgot how to make your favorite childhood summertime craft, take a trip down memory lane with us!
We’re nuts for nuts. Is there a more versatile and inexpensive DIY component than a hex nut from the hardware store? You can imagine our excitement when we first discovered Philip Crangi’s Giles & Brother Hex Collection . Honestly, nuts braided into jewelry is WTF genius!