Monday, August 31, 2009

Turquoise Temptation

Turquoise is a tricky color, if used right it can be stunning, if overdone, it's terrible I think so I decided to do a rather wide white edge to balance this fairly wide, turquoise four strand bracelet. If you think the bracelets like in this case seem to have bumpy and uneven leather edges - it's because they've never been worn. Once you wear them they will flatten out and adapt to be round and the edges will become nice and even thanks to the pressure and your body heat. The skin is cut with quilting rotary cutter and ruler so it's always perfectly even thanks to that.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Introducing - Pearl Silk

I've wanted to try this material for a while and when I was making a bracelet for my dear friend Sandra (check out her blogg here) I figured it would be a good time to do so. She wanted a simple pink bracelet and here's what we came up with: Simple three strand braid with the beautifully shining pearl silk in between the pewter threads on cerise lamb skin. Beautiful but so subtle with the white silk thread nestled in there.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tutorial - Macramé

I promised a while back to make a macrame "how to", and here it is. You need a "calf" which is the thread/threads or piece of skin in the middle of the macramé braid (the calf is the thing that determines how long the braid will become) and two strands of wired pewter thread. It's rather hard to tell how much pewter you'll need since it depends on the width of the calf and your technique but a basic guide is to make the pewter threads at least 4 times longer then the calf.

Since the macramé braid really want to twirl around it's center you need to straighten it continually during the braiding if you don't want to make for example a necklace where the twisting around the center can be really pretty. Then you just turn the braid over every 8 or so repetitions of steps 1-6.

How to make a macrame braid:
1. Arrange one pewter thread on each side of the calf.
2. Take the right thread and lift it over the calf.
3. Take the left thread and place if over the right thread, still on the left side of the calf.
4. Take the left thread and place it under the calf.
5. Continue up through the loop created between the left thread and the calf.
6. Tighten the threads and continue from step 1.

And the end result in this case is this bracelet:

To finish up the bracelet with a button closure, please see this tutorial: Tutorial - Simple Katarina Bracelet

If you make your own Sami Bracelet or anything from a pattern or tutorial of mine - I'd love if you add it to my flickr group and thereby share it with me and the world so we all can enjoy it and be inspired by it: Not Only Quilts - Share Your Creations  <3

Friday, August 28, 2009

Simply Cerise!

I wanted a cerise bracelet but seeing as the color stands out so much on it's own I needed a very simple but yet pretty design for it. So I went with a standard three strand braid with three threads, two silver ones surrounding a cerise copper thread. I think the result is dashing without being "too much":

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Black manliness!

A friend of mine wanted a bracelet that reflected his extreme manliness so I thought long and hard about how to make a "manly man bracelet" and this is what I came up with: A variant of "katarinafläta" with a double calf which looked more manly and thick strips leather spun into thongs and an edge of twirled pewter threads.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New style pink

I found some lovely pink sheer ribbon when i was back in Sweden this summer with matching pink heart pearls and I just had to try using them for a bracelet. This is the result, a very delicate four strand braid in a for me new braiding technique:The button is a sheer pink heart making the otherwise quite milk-and-water bracelet stand out and shine:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gifts return in the form of photos

My sister Sara was kind enough to photograph the two bracelets I made for her and my mother on my last visit to Sweden so I could show them off here. Thank you sweetie!

Think Pink!
The bracelet I made for Sara is a three strand bracelet with twisted pink copper threads in the center on white lambskin, she's as found of pink as I am so I think it suits her well:

Black n white!

My dear mother wanted something a bit more classic so we went with a "black n white" design, it's a "katarinafläta" with a black skin calf and two four strand braids framing it, set on white lambskin:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Macramé can be used in many ways

Macrame is not only for use with string, it can easily be used to make very nice designs for pewter bracelets. In the middle of this macramé "braid" is a skin glued together to make a thinker and sturdier calf without ugly edges. Will post a "how to" for those interested in making their own macramé bracelets shortly, it's a very easy thing to start with as you don't need to make a leather backing for them if you don't want as they're very pretty on their own.

Not just bracelets, introducing - barrettes!

A barrette is a beautiful compliment to any bracelet and they're fairly quick to make as no sewing is required. Perfect if you've accidentally made a too long braid and don't want to waste the ends. These two where made specifically to be made into barrettes though and are classic yet stylish.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Black on Black

Back to black?
Two simple black bracelets, one three strand braid with black leather thong inlay and the other is a standard "katarina"braid with black skin inlay.

Men, manly men!

Pewter bracelets are of course not just for women, actually most designs can be worn by both sexes, however when I made a bracelet for my dear fiance, I went out of my way to create an as manly design as possible, and this is the end result. A 3 cm broad black leather bracelet with a 5 strand braid with 4 threads in each strand, it's really heavy! Manly no?

Simple & Classic

A classic brown leather bracelet with a four strand braid made from really thin, 0,30mm pewter thread leaving the bracelet really feminine delicate looking.

Purple Classic

A simple four strand braid but spiced up with twisted pewter threads and purple leather thongs.

Think Pink

This little bracelet was made when I almost had run out of materials and I only had enough pewter thread to make two little three strand braids. I thought that was a little bit boring to only use those so after some playing around with a beautiful bright pink ribbon - this was the end result, have never seen anything similar actually and I'm quite proud of it ^^

Header bracelet

The bracelet in my header is actually my newest creation, it's made for a fantastic woman named Mia who hosts the most amazingly fun quilting courses in Våmhus each summer and I made this a small thank you gift to her. Visit her site here:

White and Pink

Two bracelets made with white lambskin base, a pink suede for a mid-strand for the five strand braid and two four strand braids surrounding the main braid. One is mine, and the other I gave to a friend.

Sami jewelery

I figured I'd start a blog to share one of my major interests with the world, the making of Sami bracelets and jewelery. My idea is to down the line not only show off my works but to also teach you how to make your own braids and bracelets. But I'll start slow =)

The making of Sami bracelets are a beautiful tradition from the Norths of Sweden where the Sami people still live today with their caribous (reindeer). These bracelets are inspired from such ancient crafts, made with peweter and silver or copper threads, from caribou and lambskin with antler buttons - but spiced up a bit to fit today's fashion and ideals.