Monday, March 22, 2010

More Snake Knots...

I've been away too long. I joined Facebook and ever since then, my blog has suffered terribly. I thought it was high time for an update. I've been doing a lot of snake knot necklaces lately, not to mention bracelets and fobs. Here are a couple of necklaces I made recently:

The one above is my Butterfly Snake. It's simply a glass charm with the cords slipped through the hole and crossed and slipped back through the hole to join, and then snake knot is tied up both sides, then the clasp is added with the use of a cord crimp.

This necklace was a bit more complicated to make. I had to start with the cords running through the split jump ring at the top of the fan charm. Then I tied diamond knots on either side of the jump ring. Then I tied snake knot for a short distance, finished off the snake knot, slid a charm onto ONE strand, tied a bit more snake knot, finished off the snake knot, slid the second charm onto the same ONE strand, and tied the rest of the snake knot, on each side. Keeping the knotting tight at the beginning of each section of snake knotting, and making sure I began at the back and ended at the front side of the necklace, gives the illusion that the snake knotting is continuous, and I did try to make it with keeping the snake knotting continuous, but it just didn't look right, so I had to do it this way.
The "tassel" at the bottom of the fan was made by adding two strands of cording (about 15" each) to the jump ring and tying snake knot with only two strands AROUND the other two strands. Then I finished the snake knotting, took the two strands that were NOT used in tying the snake knotting, slipped one more strand into the middle of those, and tied a diamond knot with the doubled strands, around the two that had tied the snake knotting. Once all ends were tightened, I trimmed all the ends evenly and singed them.