I wanted to create something simple and versatile. The necklace consists of a plain mesh band as the base with the option to slide on other forms of decoration. I’m not quite satisfied with it as it stands, but read on for the developments so far.
I found that round back pins work best.
The larger surface area makes the bond stronger and better balanced.
It also means that they can be used as brooches, shoe decoration or slid onto skinny belts to form pom pom clusters.
You must be growing tired of my persistent pom pom making but I’m sure I’ll find
something else to obsess over soon. Well, other than mesh of course…
I’m very eager to make more of the mesh knots so I can slide them on in one big row.
They may look simple and easy enough to make but not so for an amateur such as myself.
The image on the left is my first attempt.. messy, messy, messy. After much frustration I managed to find a way to tuck the mesh within itself to create a much neater appearance. Having the upper band free from glue also means that it has the possibility to be lengthened and translated into a bangle or ring. Still requires further work but I’ll get there!
Inspired by the beautiful artwork of Irana Douer (pictured in the background above) and Abbey Lee Kershaw’s hair as photographed by Max Doyle, I’ve also been looking into dip-dying techniques. So far I don’t have much to share but I’m working in bright shades of colour(!) and the usual pastel shades which seem to appear even when they are not required.
I started with the a creamy base colour with a light yellow tint, which I quite like as it is, and attempted to add a teal gradient.
No signs of teal OR a gradient but I’ve left the string in tact for another attempt. I’m hoping dipping the ends in a really strong solution will do the trick. I’ve struggled to find any extra fine silk jersey in white, so Nylon will have to do. If you have any tips for dying such fabric successfully then feel free to share!
source: personal photographs
links: Irana Douer’s flickr / Abbey Lee Kershaw by Max Doyle