Here we are — it’s week four of Camp Beadaholique and our last week of camp jewelry lessons! All month, we’ve brought you individualized overviews of rustic and outdoorsy jewelry styles including macrame, mixed media jewelry and kumihimo. Today, we’re continuing with another technique you might find at summer camp — cord and rope jewelry. This type of accessory relies on simple cutting and gluing methods, and lends itself well to a bold, natural look. Here’s your counselor this week, Beadaholique designer Kat Silvia, on why cotton cord especially appeals to her:
“The most inspiring thing to me about summer camp is being in the great outdoors. Being surrounded by nature inspires me to work with natural textiles and materials. There is something that feels so organic and earthy about them. I am especially excited about our latest release of cotton cord. The colors are so vibrant and fun, perfect for summer. When we release something like this my first thought is to see how many combinations of cord and components I can use to make something fresh and new. For this project, I drew inspiration from my surroundings. Living in California, the great outdoors means heading to the beach! My little dolphin slider and colorful blue cord reminded me of something I used to find in a sundries shop by the water. I jazzed up my bracelet with a fun magnetic clasp for a quick and easy summertime project.”
Flat cord and cork are great materials to create sleek, streamlined bracelets that are easily personalized with stampings and metal slider beads. The Basket Woven Cork Bracelet, shown at left, connects colorful pieces of flat Regaliz cork with rivets and eyelets. You can put your name on the Name Plate Regaliz Cork Bracelet — perfect as a personal accessory or as a gift. In the Industrial Denim Bracelet, brass rivets and a textured plate echo the retro feel of well-worn jeans.
You can create a variety of looks with round braided cork, too. This versatile cork cord can be dressed up with a Swarovski rivoli, as in our Red Braided Cork Bangle Kit, or given trendy, colorful flair with tassels, as in the Tribal Tassel Necklace. You can also thread memory wire through cork cord, forming a fun and easy wrap bracelet, like the Dancing Ladybug Bracelet, shown right, or the Green Braided Cork Wrap Bracelet Kit. And don’t forget that cork is a great unisex material and looks great in men’s jewelry, too — like the bold, masculine Ryder Bracelet.
Woven cotton and linen cord are wonderful materials for colorful, earthy fiber jewelry pieces that scream summer. The Summer in Bali Bracelet, left, uses bright rubber O-rings to reflect the hues of the cotton cord. The double-strand Cady Bracelet features a simple wrapped-thread focal that adds a chic touch to this boho design. For a more muted but still earthy look, Regaliz Corduroy is easy to work with and does the trick. Check out the Regaliz Dragonfly Two-Tone Bracelet for a pretty example with a sweet dangling charm.
One last cut-and-glue material to talk about is climbing rope. This heavy-duty, durable cord makes a bold, natural statement that fits right in at camp and broadcasts your love of outdoor activities. The Tiffani Bracelet, right, makes use of a striking arrowhead clasp to create an instantly memorable campsite focal. And the Perri Bracelet shows how you can use climbing rope to create a sophisticated cuff bracelet that will take you from morning roll call to the mall.
That wraps up our last session of Camp Beadaholique! We hope you’ve had fun and learned something new about summer materials and stitches. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments, and thanks for reading!