Ever wonder how to use that gorgeous silk hand dyed silk ribbon without having to tie it? Then today is your lucky day.
Materials and Tools list:
-Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon
-20 or 21 gauge wire (I used sterling, but you can use whatever you want)
-something round approximately 4mm diameter. I used a steel mandrel.
-beads, wire, or charms for embellishment and weight
Begin by hand coiling wire on your mandrel. You can work directly off the coil of wire to save materials. This particular mandrel seems to be the perfect size to allow the ribbon to move easily when tugged, but not to slip on its own.
Coil until you have about 1/2″ long coil. Cut tail about 3/4″ long.
Begin to spiral the end of wire toward the coil.
Continue until the spiral sits on top of the coil.
Repeat on the other side.
If you will not be attaching your pendant or beads with jump rings, you need to add those to the ribbon now before you add the coil.
Feed one end of the ribbon through the coil.
At this point, make sure the ribbon isn’t twisted in a manner you don’t like. The 2nd end of the ribbon needs to be fed into the coil from the OPPOSITE direction. This is a challenge. To aid me, I grab a piece of scrap wire sitting on my table and use it as a trocar (surgical reference. It’s the only thing I could think of to compare.) to guide it through the coil in the opposite direction without pushing out the other end of ribbon you already fed through the coil.
If you managed feeding both ends correctly through the coil, you just completed the most difficult part!
Now it’s time to embellish the ends. You could just do a knot on each end and call it good, but that’s not as much fun. Also, if you want to wear your necklace short and have the ends dangle in the back, it helps to have them slightly weighted. For this demo I slid a bead on each end then knotted the end.
Here’s the finished product (listed on Etsy if you want to see more photos):
For Lime Blueberry Fizz, I used some scrap sterling silver wire to make some fun spiral zig zag charms and tied them into the knot.
For this Nightmare Insomnia in the Garden Necklace (sold), I added small Hill Tribe flower charms to each end.
Have fun playing with this technique and make sure you show me pics of your creations.