Stars and Sun – Evolution of a Necklace

This month I had an interview to be a Guest Designer on Jewellerymaker TV. It went very well, and I was very pleased with what I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it because I was not right for Jewellerymaker at this present time. I think the main reason is that I am not a specialist in any particular medium, I prefer to dabble in many different ones.

For the interview I had to demonstrate a technique. My first thoughts where what to do, my strengths are in mixed media, and I wanted to createIMG_8794 something in that medium. I like the idea of using paracord weaves with different materials, and it evolved from there. I decided that the demonstration would be of the Aztec Sun Bar weave, it looks like stars or flowers.

I’ve had the idea of using star constellations as  an inspiration for a while now, and thought DSCN0940that this was the ideal time use it. I did a lot of research about which constellations could be seen in the UK at the moment. From this I decided to use Aquila (the eagle), Cygnus (the swan) and Lyra (the lute/harp). They appear in the sky in a certain order, so I decided that would be the start of an asymmetric necklace.

DSCN0944I used simple wire wrapping to create the constellations, using quartz beads for the position of the stars.

I then added the aztec sun bar weave that I had created with zari thread and satin cord. I thought it looked a bit much for a necklace. DSCN0949




I decided to use Cygus rather than Aquila as the main pendant, and removed the other two constellations.

I added a cute rocket design for the clasp to finish the piece off. Below are photographs of the finished necklace.

The Aztec Sun Bar weave is my new favourite paracord weave. I am currently using it to create a hat band for my new summer hat, this time using t-shirt yarn, satin cord, and suedette cord. There are plenty of YouTube videos available to learn it from. Below are some step by step photographs of the weave.

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