Tuesday, August 03, 2010
FO: Handspun Coil Necklace
I made this necklace from a tiny portion of the milk protein fiber supercoils I spun from Beesybee fiber. Post with photos of the fiber and singles here.
I really love it and I'm wearing it a lot. It goes well with a lot of pink and purple shirts I wear to work. I think I need to get some kind of stone or charm to hang from it to counter the weight of the clasp so it won't end up in the front all the time.
I got the clasps at Natural Expressions in Los Gatos for about $2.50 each. They separate and clasp magnetically, so the necklace could be worn with the strands twisted together or hanging straight. I say "could" because after some time in the twisted position, it has a tendency to want to stay that way. The clasp has 3 holes on each side. This necklace uses 4 strands. I was going to do 6, but I got tired and went to bed. I've been wearing it with 4 and I think I'll leave it that way.
I used beads to kind of keep the coils in place and cover some of the knotting. I tucked the ends of the core under the coils and cut them. The tails worked their way out almost immediately, so I need to leave them a lot longer and maybe even use a drop of glue.
I have a lot of materials left over, so I can make a necklace for anyone who wants one. I need to test my tying skills before I attempt to sell any.
I think I am getting better at judging twist for supercoils, but wearing the necklace with strands twisted around each other provides another chance to tweak the twist. You can also take out twist in each section you cut from the skein before tying it to the clasps.