|Cabbage Rose Bracelet|
|Cabbage Rose Detail|
Having said all that, this piece is not wearable.
First, there is an issue with the weight of the piece. When I planned this piece I bought a fairly substantial sterling magnetic clasp. It was an etched square that matched the overall romantic aura of this piece. Unfortunately since the piece is rather weighty the magnetic clasp did not hold.
I am resourceful. I bought a lobster claw clasp to replace the magnetic clasp. As it turned out the bracelet was still to heavy. It pulled my sterling clam shell, which attached the lobster clasp to the bracelet, out of shape.
|Weight deformed clam shell on the Cabbage Rose bracelet|
|Cabbage Rose shedding|
What I cannot do is fix this bracelet permanently. Each cabbage rose is made individually. Rather than begin with a new thread, I used the tails to weave the cabbage rose to the peyote base. I don't think I knotted the cabbage rose before using the tail ends to attach it to the base so I can't just clip them off.
The clam shell is part of the woven peyote base. I cannot just clip it off. I could bend the metal and fatigue it until it breaks, but that would leave ugly exposed threads. Plus, the bracelet is rather small and by the time I attached a new clasp it would be too large to wear.
I have avoided knots in the past as I saw them as a point of weakness. Unfortunately, my integral weaving makes this bracelet unsalvageable. The major lessons learned on this bracelet is to make use of piece work. If each cabbage rose were knotted, I could salvage them and make a new base.
Nymo is great, I love the colors, I love the supple weave, but now I work with Fireline which seems to hold up better.
|Side view Cabbage Rose|