Friendship bracelets are very similar in ways to promise rings. They are worn as a symbol of friendship between two friends. Although most people exchange them as a platonic friendship they can also signify a romantic friendship also.When I was young I remember my first attempts at trying to make friendship bracelets.
I found it very difficult and always kept getting the knots wrong. It took a little bit off practice and some help from my mom to find a start to get the general idea of how to actually get the string lengths correct and make sure I did not tie the knots around my fingers.
Generally you need four strands of hemp, which should be around 5 feet long. The great thing here is that you can mix the colors to make it unique and possibly combine your friends favorite colors also. Some people also like using embroidery threads, which comes in a variety of colors, which will then allow you, incorporate a more individual style into the bracelet.
As Im sure you are aware there are many different patterns available that you can make. There are plenty of websites out there that can and will advise and show you how to generate the various patterns is for your jewelry. When I was younger it was much more difficult to find information on how to make these. The generation today has easy access and information at their fingertips by simply surfing the Internet.
Remember if you are just starting off make sure that you do not tackle any advanced patterns. You will become disheartened and maybe not want to continue doing this great hobby. Its imperative that you learn the basic steps and understand the concept before you tackle any advanced patterns. Its amazing now what I have learned over the years and am now passing on to my children.
Macrame is an age-old craft based on tying knots using fiber cords. This craft has been around for hundreds of years, and can be traced back to the thirteenth century. The art was believed to have originated with the Arab weavers who travel through the desert and trade the products of their craftsmanship with town dwellers.
In time, the craftsmanship of macrame spread throughout Europe, attracting the fascination of everyone across the social classes. In fact, manly sailors have been known to macrame to pass away the time while spending long months at sea. When at port, the sailors bartered their finished crafts so they could buy essential supplies before going back to their ships. And so, the art of macrame continued to flourish.
Macrames popularity peaked during the Victorian era. Macrame lace was all the rage, and could be found on curtains, womens sleeves, dress hems, pillowcases and anywhere else that could use a little lacy embellishment.Over the centuries, the popularity of Macrame gradually diminished.
Some of the more elaborate knotting techniques were soon forgotten, leaving behind no record of their patterns and designs. The art of knot tying, however, keeps coming back to life, the passion for knotting burning continuously under the surface.
The passion for macrame heated up in the seventies. During that decade, macrame pieces were always seen everywhere. There was never a home without a macrame plant hanger or macrame owl hanging gracing its walls. During this revival period, the craft focused more on textiles and furnishings, such as macrame hammocks, chairs and decorative macrame accessories used at home.
By the time the rockin and rollin eighties came, macrame had faded from peoples memories.This disappearance did not last long, however. With the nineties came the grunge scene, and once again, the age-old craft experienced a revival of sorts, although this time in the form of hemp jewelry. Macrame bracelets and necklaces could be found at craft fairs and shops.
The natural earthy look of hemp was the perfect complement to the knotted art form.Now, this ancient art form is again being resurrected, but with a bigger audience in mind. The world of Haute Couture has begun experimenting with it. Last year, it was subtly added to clothing lines from famous houses.
Who would have guessed that several gorgeous macrame dresses would be seen in the Spring 2010 collection of Dianne Von Furstenberg, a well known fashion designerThe world of Haute Couture often leads the cavalry in reviving crafts and techniques of yesteryear. The potential of macrame as a sophisticated art form in fashion is undeniable.
Macrame artists are slowly being recognized as artisans of the highest order. So whip out your macrame cord and start knotting There are various kinds of material needed in making jewelry, and choosing the right kind for you is very important. One of the most important materials is the string, whether it is for a necklace, bracelet, or anklet you want to make.
Selecting the right stringing materials is a must. When choosing the right string for your jewelry, you have to consider the type of jewelry you want to create, the style and design you want to achieve, and the type and size of the beads you will use. Some of the most common stringing materials for you to choose from are Bead Stringing Wire, Illusion Cord/Monofilament, Elastic Cord, Nylon Thread.
Bead stringing wire, is one of the most popular stringing material in jewelry making. This wire is composed of stainless steel cables inside a nylon coating to prevent tarnishing. Soft Flex, Accu-Flex, and Beadalon are the main brands of bead stringing wire. Before using wire you will need to learn how to crimp and other techniques as well as jewelry making tools and their proper usage and maintenance.
Before buying wire, you must consider the flexibility you will need for your design. The higher the number of strands, the more flexible the wire would be. For example, a 7 strand wire has some flexibility, a 19 strand wire is more flexible, and a 49 strand is the most flexible.
If youre looking for very stiff wire, choose Tiger Tail wire. This kind of wire is not as flexible as other beading wire. Beading wire also varies in diameter. Wires having a diameter of 0.13 or 0.14 are for lightweight beads like seed beads and small pearls, while wires with a diameter of 0.16 or 0.18 are for bigger beads.
Elastic cord, a flexible, stretchable cord commonly use in making informal type of jewelry. In using an elastic cord, you dont have to worry about needing any findings to finish off a jewelry piece. The end of this cord can be knotted or fused together. One of the common brands of elastic cords available in the market is Stretch Magic.
Nylon thread is the modern alternative to silk. Unlike silk, nylon doesnt fray nor stretch as much as natural silk. And nylon is more popular today compared to silk. Main brands of nylon treads are Griffin and C-lon. These brands are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, and spool lengths.
Silk, this is commonly use in traditional way of stringing beads. This type of string is perfect when stringing valuable pearls where you have to do knot in between the pearls. Silk is easier to knot than any other thread because it is soft. However, silk frays and stretched when used over 3-5 years. The main brands of silk are Gudebrod and Griffin.
If you want to string pearls sizes of string like Griffin size 5 or 6, and Gudebrod size E are highly recommended. Silk is no good for heavy beads.Leather cords, this kind of cord along with simulated suede are very popular when creating a rustic look and this cord is commonly use to string heavier pendants because it has more strength and high durability.
In suede necklace, you can use coil or leather crimps in finishing off. Simulated suede is more popular compared to leather cord because it is softer and its compatible to more consistent dye colors.Memory wire, this is a coil that has very strong tempered stainless steel wire. If you want to make quick and easy necklaces and bracelets, this is definitely what you will be using.