Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Ukraine Friendship Bracelets + Free Tutorial

Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

Upon the onset of the war in Ukraine, like everyone else I wanted to do something to help....  

For over a month, I donated 10% of my online sales to non-profits organizations, but as of week 6, I wanted to do something different. As of April 1, I started designing special bracelets to wear in solidarity with Ukraine with the goal in mind to create a fundraiser, or many especially if other makers like you join in the effort. 

I am already selling mine locally at the Chico Art Center Gift Shop with 25% of sales going to the Ukraine Red Cross and I will be selling them at the Chico ART Festival in May with 100% of the profits going to non-profit organizations helping in Ukraine with the humanitarian crisis. I hope this will inspire you to make some bracelets as a fundraiser too.

First I needed colors...

C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Colors for Ukraine

The 8 colors of C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord I have been using,  are reminiscent of the Ukraine flag. Four colors represent the sky and sea, Sky Blue, Caribbean Blue, Blue Lagoon and Capri. The other four, the fields of wheat, corn, and sunflowers are Wheat, Golden Yellow, Marigold, and Gold. Originally for the yellows and gold, I had chosen Lemon, but after making a dozen bracelets or so I switched to Gold, as I had not used any Lemon yet.  

 

C-Lon Bead Cord Colors for Ukraine

I also originally though I would be using only the Tex 400 size with 0.9mm in diameter, but later on I needed the standard weight of C-Lon Bead Cord with 0.5mm in diameter for parts on the bracelets. I am in the process of designing a new bracelet variation that will be completely made with the standard size. 

These C-Lon Cord sets are available on my news page HERE. Or you can make your own set... 


Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord


The first group of bracelets I made are Multi Strand Bracelets from my Far Niente Series, that's the "Do Nothing" Series as they are fun and quick to make... The pattern is available at the bottom of this web page HERE.

 

Pura Vida Style Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Pura Vida Style Bracelets with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

Several of the bracelets have no beads, a Pura Vida style bracelet, however made with higher quality cord and a better construction. The peace dove carrying an olive branch charm got added as a last minute idea to make these bracelets more meaningful. Attach the charm right onto the 3-strand braid in between the knot and the sliding knot closure. 


Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
The others are made with 4mm Czech Fire Polished floating beads. I matched the Antique Brass Metallic with the Antique Brass Peace Dove Charm, and the Argento with the Antique Silver Peace Dove. The 4mm Czech Fire Polished Beads are available HERE


Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord


The next group of bracelets incorporates pewter peace beads made in the USA with high quality plating by TierraCast. The choice of finishes is either a 24k gold plate or a sterling silver plate. This group bypass the multi stand center and it braided all the way through with overhand knots keeping the sliding knot panel from sliding too far in.


Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

I am still not 100% sure of the best method to insert the central beads. Only 1 cord will fit into its hole... and so far I have tried it several different ways. I think I like to one at the very top. That's the last bracelet I made in this group. It has an overhand knot on each side of the bead, one cord through the beads and the other two are left behind the beads. Another change, this last one has the ends left loose and turned into a thread tassel instead of the cut and melted ends.

 

Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord


This next series was made with the same concept, but the central beads are replaced by the charms. Oh, and as with the last group, I started making the square knot sliding closure with the thinner standard C-Lon Bead Cord instead of using the Tex 400 Bead Cord. I like the proportions better. I will make all future all bracelets in this style like this. 

Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
 

For the next style, I went for a minimalist look light to wear. I also wanted to play around with new stopper/sliding beads I just got. They are 6 mm wide and 3 mm long and have a silicone insert with a 1.2 mm opening. They are very simple and quick to make. Here is the free tutorial showing how to make one of these bracelets.

Materials 

–> C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord - Colors for Ukraine 

–> Peace Charms & Beads - made in the USA out of pewter with good quality plating.

–> Smart/Stopper/Sliding Beads for Closure - Available in various metal finishes, made in Europe with good hypoallergenic standards.

 

Tools 

–> Macrame Board - a mini-board with option #1 will work as it includes T-pins and tapestry needles

 –> 100% Organic Beeswax and/or Thread Magic - or get a mini-board with option #2 or #3

 –> Thread Burner - or get a mini-board with option #4

C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial

1. Cut 3 pieces of C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord 18 inch (50 cm) long.
Iron the curls out on low heat setting.

 

C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial

2. Tie an overhand knot with all 3 cords leaving a 6 inches tail.
To tighten the knot, pull on one cord at a time.


C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial

3. Make a 3-strand braid 2.5 inch (6 cm) long.
For best results, cross the cords at 90º from each other.
That means the cords are crossing the vertical line at 45º.
Stop by inserting the cords into slots on the side of the board.

 

C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial

4. Add the charm onto one of the cord, then continue the braid until it is 5 inches (12 cm) long. 


C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial
5. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the braid with all 3 cords. 

 

C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial

 6. Melt 1 of the cords at each overhand knots with a thread burner. Push the melted ends right into the knot, taking care not to melt the remaining cords or the knot. 


C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial 

7. Cut all the cords at the same length.

 

C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial


8. Make a self needle with beeswax at all the ends. 
If you do not know how to make a beeswax self needle, check this post, it has all the best ways to load beads onto cords. 

 

C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord Bracelet Free Tutorial 

9. Insert the cords through the stopper/sliding bead closure and separate the cords in two groups.

 

10. Tie an overhand knot 5.5 inch from the center charm.
Repeat for the other set of cords.


11. Melt one of the cord at the last knot. 
Repeat for the other set of cords.

Free Tutorial for C-Lon Tex 40 Bead Cord Bracelet

12. Insert the peace beads and tie an overhand knot right after the beads using tweezers to keep the knot against the bead. 


Now you have a choice as to how to finish the ends of the cords.
Melt the end of the cord right into the knot, or leave the end of the cord as is after cutting it away for the knot, or...

Free Tutorial for C-Lon Tex 40 Bead Cord Bracelet

13. Cut the cords and separate the plies of the nylon fiber with a blunt ended tapestry needle.

 

Ukraine Friendship Bracelets made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

14. Apply some beeswax to the C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord that slides in and out of the closure. It will keep the cords from separating.

 
Let me know if you end up making any bracelets like these in support of Ukraine. Of course you can make the same design for a school fundraiser in the school colors. There are lots of possibilities and design options to explore, certainly more than I can explore all by myself. But hey, I already have lots of other new ideas for my next batch of bracelets! 
 

Friday, March 25, 2022

Kumihimo Necklace with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

Kumihimo Necklace with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

 

Occasionally a design needs to get revisited and updated. Originally in 2015, I designed this Kumihimo Kit with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 as a bracelet kit. Now in 2022, kits for necklaces are available. This is due to a number of requests when I taught this project in a Zoom class. Many of the participants wanted to make necklaces instead of the bracelet offered in the class kit.  

The tutorial for this project has grown from 14 to 22 pages and now includes additional design options.

 

Kumihimo Necklace with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

One option shows how to extend the necklace length by adding a section. This way it can be worn at two different length. Here the bracelet is added to the necklace. 

 

Kumihimo Necklace with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

Another option shown in the tutorial is how to extend the clasp and peyote sleeve cover width to create a stronger focal point. In this example, the clasp was extended by half and inch.


Kumihimo Necklace with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

Here it was extended by a full inch doubling the width and it has a double sleeve cover, widening the diameter at the center of the clasp.

 

Kumihimo Necklace with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

Another option now included in the tutorial is to make a more traditional beaded kumihimo bracelet with beads on every cord. The bracelet is a bit heavier, wider in diameter and less flexible. It also has twice as many beads as the regular design with space between the beads, so if you want to do this design, get an extra 20 g bag of Magatam Beads. 

Kumihimo Necklace with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

 Or change the cord placement to get a spiral design as shown on the lower kumihimo braid.

 

Watch Kumihimo Braiding on YourTube

Before getting a kit, you can view a live demo of the kumihimo braiding process on YouTube. This kit is a great starter kit if you have never done any kumihimo before. It is fun and the instructions are easy to follow. As to starting with a bracelet or a necklace, it really make no difference as to the difficulty level. The bracelet, however, takes less time to braid...

 

> Kumihimo Kits with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

> More Kumihimo Kits

>  Earlier Post about the Bracelets









Friday, January 14, 2022

Pantone Spring and Summer 2022 NYFW Colors compared to C-Lon Bead Cord Colors




Here are the closest C-Lon Bead Cord Colors...

Why does it matters? If you plan to market and sell your work as fashion accessories, these colors are important. Many of the latest fabrics and clothing will be made in these colors, so soon everyone will be looking for accessories in these colors.

C-Lon Colors vs Pantone Spring and Summer 2022 NYFW Colors

"Diverse and distinctive colors come together to create a palette blending comfort and familiarity with unexpected delight."

Pantone Spring and Summer Colors compared to C-Lon Bead Colors

Pantone Spring and Summer Colors compared to C-Lon Bead Colors

C-Lon Bead Cord Colors vs Spring/Summer Core Classics

"Classic, seasonless hues whose versatility express longevity."


Pantone Spring and Summer Colors compared to C-Lon Bead Colors


Pantone 2022 Color of the Year versus C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

In addition to the color of the year, Very Peri, Pantone also recommends new colors for fashion twice a year, fo Spring/Summer and for Fall/Winter.  

According to Pantone Color Institute experts, colors for Spring/Summer 2022 New York reflect our aspiration for balance as we move through a changing landscape. Colors that evince our need for comfort, clarity, and security satisfy our urge to stay with the familiar. At the same time, free-spirited optimism, and a feeling of new liberation, are unleashed in dynamic, stand-out shades, quenching our desire for spontaneity, uplift, and joy.

“Colors for Spring 2022 bring together our competing desires for comforting familiarity and joyful adventure through a range of soothing and timeless colors, along with joyous hues that celebrate playfulness. As we enter this new landscape, one where fashion rules no longer apply, hues for Spring 2022 allow us to mix and marry as we please, encouraging the exploration of new chromatic realities, opening the door for personalized style and spontaneous color statements,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

These 18 C-Lon Bead Cord colors are now available as a collection > Shop Here 






Pantone 2022 Color of the Year - Compared to C-Lon Bead Cord Colors


Pantone 2022 Color of the Year versus C-Lon Bead Cord Colors


"Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, Pantone Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression."

Very Peri, the Pantone 2022 color of the year brings in blue for stability and calm, and combines with the more playful violet-red addition. All qualities we need more than ever to create a more resilient and stable platform for ourselves to navigate in an ever changing world.

Pantone describes this color as: "A dynamic periwinkle blue hue with vivifying violet red undertone blends the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red."

The year started with so many challenges already. The faith and hope in a better future provided by the blue color, and the added strength and energy of the red color addition are necessary ingredients when facing unprecedented uncertainty.

Very Peri combines blue with a purple, violet, red undertone. Blue represents both the sky and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, and intelligence.

Purple and Violet are often described as mysterious, spiritual, and imaginative. These colors, rarely found in nature, are viewed as rare and intriguing. They are also associated with royalty as the dye were very difficult to find and costly in easier times. Purple and violet combine the energy and strength of red color and the spirituality and integrity of blue.

Pantone Color of the Year... You are probably wondering why it matters when choosing cord and thread colors to make jewelry or sculptures or wall pieces. Actually it matters, especially if you plan to market and sell your work. The reason why is that from now on for about a year or two, more clothes will be made in this color, then everyone is also going to look for accessories with that color... 

When I was doing about 32 shows a year, I found that my West Coast customers looked for accessories in the Pantone Color of the Year about 1 to 2 years later, so you still have plenty of time to add this color to your collection. 


Pantone 2022 Color of the Year - Compared to C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

As to the C-Lon Bead Cord Colors, Periwinkle, Hyacinth and Persian Indigo represent different depth of this same hue. Pale Heather, Orchid, Amethyst, Violet, and Capri are good anologous colors to consider for shading and accenting Periwinkle, Hyacinth and Persian Indigo. 

Check the New York Fashion Spring and Summer 2022 Pantone Colors in the next post or go here to shop HERE for these 8 colors!