Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio thought it would be fun to host a jewelry blog hop based around using Irish waxed linen and I thought it would be fun to join.
According to jewelry maker Erin Siegel, “waxed linen cord is a strong, durable and versatile material that works great for knotting, braiding and bead stringing. It’s made up of fine threads twisted together that’s referred to as “ply”. The waxy coating on the cord helps make well-defined, crisp knots and holds them in place without the need for glue.The highest quality cord is Irish waxed linen cord made by Crawford Threads in Belfast, Ireland.”
This was my first time using Irish wax linen cord and I found I enjoyed working with it. I made two necklaces.
I made the first necklace using round lampwork beads that I had made. I strung them on four strands of 4-ply cord and double knotted in between each bead. This necklace is very comfortable to wear and drapes nicely.
For the second necklace I used three strands of 4-ply cord and braided them together with Japanese seed beads. The length is adjustable and I was able to hang a pendant from it. I made the first pendant with a lampwork bead that I had made.
Big thanks to Diana for hosting this hop, getting me to make some new and different things, and getting me to finally use Irish waxed linen. I liked it much better than the nylon cording I had used before.
Now check out what the others have made:
Johana Nunez Rivera
Lori Bowring Michaud
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Inge von Roos