April 19, 2017

clamshell cuff concept

Monolithic shape precision assembly satin texture surfaces all weather material assemble in place

stainless threaded edge fasteners tool required
elemental geometries anatomical shape


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April 3, 2017

ecru and red string weave cuff bracelet 4131

 All cotton core with an alternating one-two single string weave creates this unique cuff. The alternating weave eliminates the ribbed texture in favor of a more finely textured weave.

7" (178 mm) circumference

Red cotton floss accent defines the width transition.

 The warp cords were reversed at the loop end to increase the width (to the right of the red accent.)

How this is made is a secret.
A single poly clay button secures the double loops.

See similar designs in the ETSY shop.

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March 30, 2017

red grey and walnut hand dyed cotton cuff bracelet 4129

 Two distressed clay buttons secure this wide cuff made from an array of black polyester cord.  They wider design is a variant of the basic tapestry weave technique explained here.

The buttons are polymer clay textured with a walnut shell and over baked to achieve the brown color and texture.
 A mix of hand dyed #24 cotton string and lightweight cotton floss incorporated into a landscape of color and texture.
Size 7 1/2" (191 mm) circumference
2 1/4" (58 mm) wide

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March 28, 2017

lemon verdigris grey two button cuff 4130

A full 10 stand warp wide this two button cuff  shows off the subtle colors in a pyramid edge design.

Warp cords are 3 mm cotton, the buttons are a two hole textured polymer clay.

overall 7 1/2" (191 mm) circumference
2 1/4" (58 mm) wide
 The flat out view shows the design of triangle pyramids alternating between the lemon and verdigris colors.

Here are some other designs you might like:

more string weaving bracelets

heather grey one button cuff 

one button string weave leather lacing cuff white
The whole piece is a single wrap process with the warp ends returned into the weave so no stump ends are visible.

More like this in the online shop.

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March 26, 2017

white spiral bangle 4138

This little bangle is another project exploiting the possibilities of a common modern material PVC plastic. This design tales advantage of PVC's ability to take and hold a shape when heated as well as the polished finish made with a cotton buffing process.

The overlapping ends are tapered to maintain the proportions of diameter to width then the rough shape is warmed in a stovetop water bath. The softened plastic is then placed on an oval mold and allowed to cool.

This view shows the overlap.

The rough-cut is then sanded to remove the cutting tool marks then buffed with a motorized wheel. The cotton buffing prices heats the surface of the plastic just enough to fuse the surface creating the smooth semi-polished texture.

7 3/8" (187 mm) circumference
2 1/2" (63 mm) x 2 1/4" (58 mm) oval diameter

A similar design can be seen here.

More of these are available on the ArtFact Site shop 

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March 24, 2017

walnut one button tapestry weave handmade cuff bracelet 4125

I really like the color of this walnut brown dye batch so naturally I'm using it in these tapestry weave cuff projects. There are two innovations here:

1. The loops have one leg near the center of the weave which makes for a more secure grip on the button.

2. The warp cord ends are returned into the warp forming loops instead of cut off ends. This creates a less ragged end under the loops.
 In this photo you can see some of the detail in the  clay button. There are a pair of larger holes for the 3 mm warp cord. The surface texture is created with a walnut shell before the baking process hardens the clay. This button is made from the stock white Sculpy clay which has a bit of sparkle  to it (invisible in the picture of course…)

Made on a 7" mold the finished cuff is about 6 1/2" (165 mm) inside circumference. This is a 6 strand warp, the center two strands are combined.
The long winded tutorial starts here showing how these are made.

You may want to visit the online shop to see what is available in this collection.

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March 22, 2017

blue and purple tapestry cuff 4128

 Using a 10 strand warp this design has a center of dark blue cotton with alternating triangles of blue inset along the edge. A pair of buttons and loops secure the ends.

The weave is a simple over-under plain weave throughout. Made on a loom.

the tutorial where all secrets are revealed
 Detail shows the patterning. All the weft cords are single strands.

7" (178 mm) inside circumference
2 1/4" (59 mm) wide
This required some extra time to complete…

other designs you might like:
blue ocean string weave tapestry cuff bracelet

experiments with string weaving overview

wide blue tapestry woven rope cuff 

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March 20, 2017

Grey blue multi weave tapestry cuff bracelet 4124

This cuff uses three different colors and two different weave patterns to achieve the contrasting textures.

The center is an open double strand weave where the weft is not compressed leaving the warp cords exposed in the checkerboard pattern.

The darker blue and grey segments use a double strand weft in a double over-under weave.  Each pass is compressed against the weave to eliminate gaps. The gray segment uses a single loop at the edge of the double over-under weave.
 The non compressed weft creates openings exposing the warp. The cotton warp cords exert enough friction on the weft to prevent bunch ups and distortions. (If you use a synthetic warp there is less friction so this technique works best with cotton.)

The tutorial is here.

Here's another wide cuff with a free form design
wide multi color tapestry cuff bracelet

red grey walnut tapestry weave cuff bracelet 
A pair of custom buttons and loops secures the ends. oh and there are the two 'rat tails' left as well (ends whipped to prevent fraying)

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March 18, 2017

multi color rainbow string weave cuff 4121

This cuff really is made with string - the variegated color of the weft comes from the use of dyed cordage that has been unwound exposing the color gradient within each of the yarns.

These pieces of partially dyed cotton yarn then are used in a tapestry weave on an eight strand warp.

(Now I know where the term "warp core" originated …beam me up Scotty!)
So here you can see the variegated color effects of the weft strands within the color fields. The button is a poly clay boulder button, readers of this blog had seen these on other bracelets. These are custom made with two oversize holes. The rounded shape passes smoothly thought the loops but stays put when engaged.

Size 7 to 7 1/2" (178 mm - 191 mm) internal circumference

Some other designs that you might like:
blue ocean string weave tapestry cuff bracelet

more string weaving bracelets

experiments with string weaving overview

If you want to see how these are made check this multi part tutorial it has pictures…

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March 16, 2017

rose and walnut cotton double tapestry weave cuff 4117

What makes this design different is the thicker ribs formed by the warp cords.

The colors are a combination of red and black walnut dyed cotton string. The warp is black polyester cord. Button is a custom made poly clay two hole disc with a textured surface.

Multi page tutorial with all the secrets.

Diagram showing a cross section of the weave.

In this bracelet there are a pair of warp cords in each pass instead of just one. This makes each rib a double width and gives the design a different proportion.
Full layout view. Bracelet measures 7 1/2" (191 mm) circumference. Some other designs you might like:

heather and blue grey one button string weave cuff

wide blue tapestry woven rope cuff 

a collection of early work

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March 14, 2017

Finishing the weave - String weave tapestry bracelet tutorial part 8

Part 8: Finishing the weave

When the gaps are full of cord use the tapestry needle to bury the end this time in the center of the weave.

Leave about 1" and draw the string carefully through the weave until the slack is gone.

Use enough force to firmly compact the weave but be careful not to distort the weave pattern.

Also trim off the exposed warp strands where they emerge from the weave. Don't accidentally cut the weft strands!
When the slack is removed trim off the extra piece with a scissor or cutting tool.

Here are some designs based on this technique you might like:

heather and blue grey one button string weave cuff

one button string weave leather lacing cuff white

heather grey one button cuff

wide blue tapestry woven rope cuff 

Here is the finished bracelet with the two colors of cotton weft completed.

Here's a view of the inside showing the button engaged in the end loops.

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March 12, 2017

Adding a second color and finishing the weave - String weave tapestry bracelet tutorial part 7

 Part 7: Adding a second color and finishing the weave

In this example a second darker color weft string is used to add interest to the design. The weaving is the same technique as before using a new segment of cord. Start by burying the new weft in the existing work then continue weaving.

Cut a length of the weft string and double it on the tapestry needle as before.

Insert the needle under the the weave alongside the warp strand about 1" from the end and draw the new weft string through the weave.

Then resume the weaving from side to side observing the opposite over-under pattern as before keeping the weft strands  parallel at the turns without crossovers!

Continue the weave with the weft strands held parallel at the edges.

After each pass pack the weft cords down to eliminate gaps in the weave. Work from the turn edge across the weave towards the loose end allowing the weft to fill the gaps.

Pattern shift:

Here you will notice that those two loose ends of the warp strands have been grouped with the outside strands forming a new pattern:

over two - under one - over one - under two

leave the ends of the warp strands exposed, you will trim these off later.

At the button end continue weaving until the loops are stuffed with cord as shown. Use the tapestry needle to find the gaps and pack the weft firmly.

Fill the remaining gap at the button with the same figure-8 weave of the weft pair.

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