Micro Macrame Necklace
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MICRO MACRAME NECKLACE is an example of using fiber with
beads. Usually, in a mixed media piece, like this, the artist must
decide which media should predominate. Then that media's structural
and artistic basis should come to the fore in the piece.
In micro macrame,
the artist uses thin nylon bead cord and ties knots and braids. As
part of the knotting/braiding process, beads are locked into position,
one by one. Knots should be tight, even, usually similar in size,
and rows of knots should line up against each other.
projects are created in linear lengths (think of a belt). So it is
fun to try to deviate from this tradition, and add curves and other
fun and interactive contours. For a more elaborate necklace, like
this one, playing with the contour is critical. Otherwise the piece
will not lay right and comfortably, when worn.
pieces are labor intensive. The necklace as pictured is roughly 40"
of work. The work takes about 1 hour per inch.
as shown is 16". The materials include nylon bead cord, Czech
glass beads, Austrian crystal beads, Japanese seed beads, metal beads,
hook/eye clasp, sterling silver twist wire ring connectors, sterling
silver wire and pinch bails. The necklace is designed to be worn alone,
or with the addition of detachable pendant drops. Two drops show below
are (1) Tibetan turquoise and coral drop, and (2) Indian carnelian
to the image shown, with plated brass clasp, and two detachable pendant
- sterling, gold filled or 14KT gold
- all Austrian crystal beads or gemstone beads
- other pendant drops