Macramé ornament

I was in the mood for macramé recently, and sat down to make something. I had all this remnant yarn lying around from my past knitting projects, and thought I would use a couple of them for this.

Macramé  ornament

I first made a wire-based yoke from my 18-gauge copper wire. Since I didn’t really have anything planned, I just cut about 50cm of yarn (I think it was that long… The more I wonder, the more I’m unsure) — 8 pieces of each color. I started with reverse lark’s head knots on the yoke. Then I just… went with the flow with double half hitch knots. The yoke made for oblique macramé lines, so I quickly straightened them out. When the lines got horizontal, I realized I want some beads in there, so out came some metallic beads. I really need to buy more beads with larger holes for macramé — the beads I have are either too big or are meant for smaller cords / wires.

Anyway, I started keeping cord pairs from the side free so I can thread in the beads eventually. When there were only only two cord pairs remaining in the center, I started incorporating the beads. I also began to re-add cord pairs from the sides into the knotting. My cords were getting used up now, so it was time to also think about the finishing, and I began leaving out cord pairs from the center as the knotting moved outwards. Here’s where I noticed that my tension has improved much, but there are still areas that I need to work on.

When all the knotting was done, I made a long fringe by folding the piece in half along the vertical axis and roughly hacking off the cords diagonally. I finally secured the carrier cord with some glue.

For an impromptu project, I feel it’s turned out quite well! 🙂

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New wire!

Thanks to my sister who searched for wires online and ordered them, I now own two new copper wires — 18-gauge and 22-gauge dead soft ones.New wireIt’s been a while since they arrived, but I left for a vacation immediately after they did, so I haven’t had a chance to use them. Now that I’m getting back to normal mode, I’ve been thinking of items to make from them, looking for inspiration on Pinterest. 🙂 I can’t wait to use them!

My very own asymmetric long chain necklace

Oh yay! My first attempt at an asymmetric necklace is successful, I must say.

Asymmetric Long Chain Necklace

Asymmetric Long Chain Necklace

The necklace is 90cm (36″) long overall. I started out wanting to make something just like this, and this is one of the few times the result of my work resembles whatever is in my head when I begin.

How I made this

I cut out 5 lengths of copper-colored flexible wire, each measuring about 25cm (10″.) I gathered them into a bunch and secured one end of it using a crimp end. Then I started working with each wire individually, adding beads and securing them. I used a whole lot of assorted beads for this — seed beads, bugle beads, glass beads — of different colors. I strung one or more beads into the wire, and added a simple knot. I repeated the stringing and knotting until about 3-4cm (1.5″) was left in each wire. To make it look more random, I crisscrossed the wires, and loosely plaited them, and wound some wires around some others — anything that would make the piece look unstructured. I then picked up the free ends of all those wires, strung more beads into each — no knots this time — and carefully secured this bunch again using a crimp end. There weren’t any extras for me to snip off, but you could do that now if you have wires showing. This completed the assorted-beads portion of the necklace.Asymmetric Long Chain NecklaceNext was the jump rings section. I connected medium-sized jump rings into a chain until I was happy with its length, and connected one end to the crimp end of the beads segment that I just completed.

For the long chain, I used some shiny black yarn from my stash, and strung some brown flat beads and black spherical beads at some distance from their neighbors. To secure the beads, I added simple knots around them. The knots kinda show because the yarn stretched when I finally wore the necklace; the stretching tightened the knots, pushing them away from the beads. But I don’t mind that very much this time. 🙂

I used crimp ends again to secure the ends of the long chain. I attached the earlier jump ring section to one of the crimp ends, and used a small jump ring to connect the other end to the one from the assorted beads segment. (Remember, only one end of the assorted-beads segment was connected to something else. Yes, to the jump rings section, see, I knew you’d remember! 🙂 )

That completed the chain. I tried wearing it a number of different ways, and I like how it looks…

Asymmetric Long Chain NecklaceAnd here’s a (post-processing-effects-added) photo of a happy me wearing it –Asymmetric Long Chain NecklaceSooo… what do you think of the chain?

Crazy wire-caged pendant

I have stashes of strong, thin, flexible, colored wire that nevertheless does not hold its shape very well. I used to make bracelets with this wire, but it’s been a while since I used any of it. This time, I decided to use it for a different purpose — to make a pendant.

Because the wire does not hold its shape, there was no use trying wire-wrapping techniques with it. Instead, I thought I’d loosely wrap the wire around the bead, something like a loose cage. A couple of chunky beads I tried this with didn’t yield great results, though. Then some beads with a spiral design on them caught my eye. They weren’t really that chunky, so I tried joining two of them with a spacer bead in between so that the result appears bigger. The wire melded well with the spirals on the beads… Great! I could use these components.

Crazy wire-caged pendant

Crazy wire-caged pendant

I cut around 10″ (25cm) of copper-colored wire for this, and bent the wire in half. I strung the free ends together through a crimp bead, then one spiral bead, a spacer bead and lastly, another spiral bead. I stuck a thick wire through the ‘loop’ at the top so it does not slip inside the beads. I tied a knot at the bottom with the wires, tightening the whole structure. Then I just twisted the wires around the joined beads in a haphazard manner. When I almost reached the end of the wires, I pushed them back into the crimp bead from the bottom of the bead. I then squeezed the crimp bead shut, and snipped off the ends of the loopy wire where they (barely) emerged at the top of the crimp bead. Finally, I added a small jump ring to the top loop.

Don’t you think the haphazardness (or loopy-ness, if you will 😉 ) of the wire caging gives a crazy look to the pendant? 🙂