If you tie knots for a hobby, one problem is coming up with new things to do. After all, stamp collectors don’t keep looking at the one stamp they saved — the ones I know have hundreds, or thousands. I like to kill at least two birds with every stone I throw. So if I can come up with something new to tie which also repays in some way, other than the actual work, that is a good thing. It has also penetrated my foggy brain that if I can tie something that My Lady Rose likes, or can use — that is a good thing also. As I say — if she’s happy, I’m happy.
I had some of this very thin stainless steel cable lying around, not doing anything in particular. After a careful survey of the concerned parties, the cable and me, it was decided that it should become a new bracelet for My Lady Rose. This was the end product.
The knots used to make this bracelet were:
The main body of the bracelet is the S.S. cable tied into a Turk’s Head of 3 Leads X 8 Bights, tripled. Because I could not tie or seize the ends under the bracelet so that they were hidden and looked good enough to pass muster I needed an alternative. Because my personal rules don’t allow the use of glues, the only solution was — another knot.
To dress the ends of the cable I clapped on a paracord Turk’s Head. This was a knot of 7 Leads X 6 Bights. As I worked it down, it became apparent that the structure of the base knot was making it do strange things. A 3 Lead Turk’s Head has a shape where the Bight on one side is directly opposite the notch between 2 Bights on the other. A mouse would have made the bracelet look too thick and unbalanced. After testing, I decided to slowly work this Turk’s Head down into a parallelogram shape which followed the profile of the bracelet’s form. It is more than acceptable; it adds to the look, instead of just not detracting.
This makes a very good bangle bracelet. It is thin enough to flex into an oval shape when you are putting it on. This lets you keep the end diameter down without making putting it on a battle. It is resilient enough that this will not harm the bracelet, even after repeated bends. One of the reasons I wanted a light knot to cover the ends, and ruled out a mouse, was becasue I didn’t want the knot to be so heavy that it always rotated to bottom dead center. The only thing which keeps this bracelet from being good enough for the angels is the roughish interior surface of the cable. The constant rotation caused by a too heavy knot would have been uncomfortable after a while. As a final fault for a big knot — the knot, the eye-catching feature, would have always been running to hide under her wrist.
This makes a very handsome bracelet; I highly recommend it as a starting design for one of your own. My Lady Rose and I long ago came to an accommodation about honesty for things like this. I do not want her to say she likes it just because I made it for her — it has been a long while since my ego was so fragile it couldn’t handle honest and thoughtful criticism. For her part — she told me that if she ever asks me if “these pants make my butt look big” and I think they do, she wants the truth. Polite lies don’t get far around here. In return for this honest input, no one gets mad, sad, or hurt if it is negative. These rules extend to all subjects — it makes things so much simpler to deal with. It might not work for everyone — but for us it is diamond. I would much rather have the honest input than the polite lie. Remember my golden rule; if she’s happy, I’m happy.
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