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· A few thoughts on leather cord necklaces...

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Venetian glass bead necklace on leather cord, handmade clasp
posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 22, 2007 at 1:42 PM (Pacific)

venetian glass bead necklace on leather cord

venetian glass bead necklace on leather cord

handmade sterling silver hook clasp

I went ahead and glued the steel block back onto its base. It's still curing but that hardly means I can't use it. :D Thought I'd try my hand making a simple sterling hook and eye clasp.

Not sure if I'll keep this clasp on this piece...thinking it would make more sense to use a lobster clasp the way I did on the previous Venetian glass bead necklace. My reasoning is, these beads are expensive and they're glass. If the hook slips out for whatever reason, a chance the piece will fall and the beads crack.

That said...hammering wire is one of the most fun aspects of jewelry making ever. Even if you don't actually need to hammer something, I think you owe it to yourself to own a block or anvil and a hammer.

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Venetian glass bead, leather cord necklace
posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 17, 2007 at 4:08 PM (Pacific)

venetian glass bead, leather cord necklace

venetian glass bead, leather cord necklace

Looks like I've found my model at last! The scale is a bit off, but I love this picture...one of my all-time favorite actresses.

I've decided in favor of this piece even though it is not a conventional design. When it's on, the chains in front hang in a sort of butterfly shape.

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Notes on Venetian heart necklace
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 6:40 AM (Pacific)

I actually slept in this last night...not something I make a habit of, I really just fell asleep with it on (damn taxes!). It seems to have stretched out a tiny bit. Interesting...it's not horribly stretched-out or anything, but I can see that would be a factor in designing on leather cord, especially if you have heavier beads in the design.

The chain design in front was still intact when I got up! The necklace had turned to the side some but the butterfly-esque six chains were still nice and flat.

Still not sure of the design. It's a bit old style, like the chunky bead chokers people wore in the 70's. That could be a good thing. At any rate, the E-6000'd tiny cord ends worked great.

The whole thing is modular...I was struggling to remember that term the other day. It's used in programming among other things...modular programming means you can move the code around, reuse it...rather than a ginormous block of code you can't do much with, beyond whatever it was originally supposed to do.

So the idea here is this...if I wanted to swap out any of the components in the piece, I could do it easily. I've been doing that for a while...the one thing I haven't gotten down yet is getting a wrapped-link bracelet to work, other than just wrapping the links together. I'd like to come up with a better-shaped wrap (shorter and fatter) so that the links could be joined with jump rings without looking too sparse.

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Venetian glass on leather cord necklaces
posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 15, 2007 at 5:16 PM (Pacific)



These aren't finished yet of course...I got to try out my E-6000. The heart pendant on the bottom piece is detached because it kept gravitating...the heart always faced sideways no matter what, so I redid the wrap and got it to stay put (knock wood anyway).

The top piece uses the same silver end caps I used before...I had to crimp them on the previous piece (being glue-in and crimp after all), so I'll probably have to do so again. There are a couple of red vintage glass beads on it, that I've had for quite some time.

These beads are a pleasure to work with. I still have three heart beads left...two green ones of different sizes, and one I'm fairly sure is dichroic glass...that I'll probably just make into pendants.

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Venetian glass heart necklace
posted by Colleen Shirazi, February 12, 2007 at 3:44 PM (Pacific)



Okey dokey...the Hypo Cement alone was not enough to anchor the end caps (see previous posts). Not that it should have been; it was sold as a "glue-in and crimp" clasp. I was just seeing if it would work with glue alone.

Part of it could have been that I didn't get enough glue in there (Hypo Cement tends to come out even when you don't squeeze the tube), part of it could have been that it didn't cure long enough (the end cap is completely closed on one end after all).

I gave it the full 24 hours and then tried pulling it. One end felt loose, the other less so. I started crimping the bottom of the loose-feeling cap and gave it a pull. The entire cord came out. :p I pushed the cord back in and this time really crimped it...and tried pulling it. Basically I pulled it up to the point that the leather started to stretch...I expect the clasp to be secure. Crimping it did work.

Anyhow it's done, except that I'll attach an extender chain when I get some.

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Turquoise choker and leather cord end caps...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, February 11, 2007 at 1:05 PM (Pacific)

Restrung this today:



Heh heh! At first I added the usual two inches to the softflex...that's what I've been doing for bracelets. When I started stringing this though, I realized I would need three inches, not two--the wire thimble and two crimps on either end, take up enough additional space to warrant it.

These are Artbeads.com goldfilled crimp covers. They are the right size, but the opening is smaller than Fire Mountain Gems' equivalent covers. I ended up jacking open the covers with my pliers to get them on. Once they're on, they're easier to close than FMG's, and they close very neatly. But there is that extra hassle in having to open them further before attaching them.

Trying out my Rings 'n' Things end caps here:



I tried to squeeze 'em full of Hypo Cement. As usual, it's messy. I'll need to let them dry for 24 hours before knowing whether or not glue alone will anchor the end caps. If it doesn't the first time, I'm going to try injecting the caps with more Hypo Cement.

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A few thoughts on leather cord necklaces...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, February 8, 2007 at 7:12 PM (Pacific)

I started making one of these today and got sidetracked. Anyhow...I have some round 1mm black leather cord. It's surprisingly nice and flexible, not stiff and funny like some premade leather cord necklaces. I got it at Fire Mountain Gems.

Now I've never made a "cord" anything before. I was placing an order at Rings 'n' Things and added a clasp made specifically for 1mm cord. It's Indian sterling silver, basically two end caps (glue-in and then crimp) with an S-clasp on it.

I cut a length of the cord today and was going to glue the ends in with Hypo-Cement (as I say, I got sidetracked). I did notice that the end caps were pretty roomy for being made specifically for 1mm cord. I'm envisioning using a lot of Hypo-Cement in there.

Wondering now if it will be necessary to crimp the ends after gluing them. Seems a shame to crimp if it's not necessary...wouldn't that make the ends kind of flattened and yucky? If the Hypo-Cement flies alone, I won't bother crimping.

It's a nice enough clasp and didn't cost much, but now I can see there's little point in buying a "cord clasp" when you could just as easily buy just the end caps. Once you have the end caps on, you can attach any clasp you like. As I say I am clueless regarding cord necklaces; I was happy just to find end caps that fit the durn cord. I'll report back how the Hypo-Cement works out.

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