Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How to Make Thread Wrapped Thick Cord or Rope Jewelry Tutorials

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This wonderful colorful hand wrapped thread on paracord necklace tutorial from Refinery 29 is similar in some ways to those I featured before. The finish is better with end caps than Ariane's tutorial. However, Ariane's method of starting with all the colored threads and hiding the non-working threads underneath the wrapping saves time and effort compared to attaching new thread all the time.


But you really don't need to go multi-color or even multi-strand.  Consider using just one strand and thread up with a single color (or more) to match your hand made focal in a totally unique way!!

Don't like using hardware beads?  Try using wire coils instead.

Also check out this post from Brit+Co which has 3 ways of making thread wrapped rope necklaces. The tassels and crosses are certainly interesting elements!


If all that handwiding is too much for you, then take a look at this Mark Montano video tutorial for a rope and tassel bracelet.  It is based on paracord but it has been covered mostly by strips of fabric. The thread is just for accent. You'll notice the tutorials use multiple units for the wow factor!




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9 comments:

  1. They're certainly bright and cheerful looking. I especially like the 4 strand necklace at the top, it's very exotic and reminds me of tribal necklaces . . . would definitely bring out the tigress in any girl. :)

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    1. Yes, this style is often called "tribal" probably because they are inspired by real tribal jewelry. Like that part about "tigress"!!

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  2. I don't find paracord very attractive - but done up this way certainly makes it cute!

    Funny about tassels isn't it! What goes around comes around......

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    1. It is almost a given that styles etc do come round again as the younger generation rediscover it. I remember a student at work who was aghast when I told her the "Killing Me Softy" song she so liked was decades old!

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  3. These look good. Thank you for the tutorials.

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  4. I always love reading your blog Pearl. You've inspired me to do a blog post of my own, I hope you don't mind http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/my-poor-neglected-blog.html

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    1. I am thrilled that I inspired you! Off to check it now!

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  5. When white people take African ideas &claim them for themselves. Africans have been doing this DIY rope jewelry for years.

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    1. This style is often referred to as "tribal" - definitely a nod to the people who first came up with the idea. Jewelry making has a long, long history with ideas shared and borrowed from many eras and locations. There are many examples - the granulation technique and style of the Ancient Etruscans is still used today.

      Some styles like the hoop earrings date back 2000 years or more. We still "copy" them today - see http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/earrings/creole-hoop-earrings-silver/invt/cmcn382440

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