Recently, someone asked me what ribbon had to do with beading. This gave me pause, and I thought maybe it would be good to talk about the many uses of ribbon, especially in jewelry construction. My favorite way to use ribbon is as an embellishment, whether tied on or added as a textural strand. I like to make pieces that have several strands, both for texture and interest, and adding a strand of ribbon is a nice way to soften a piece, add some graceful movement and a wonderful texture. I have seen people bead on ribbon to embellish its pattern, and use it to easily make chokers and bracelets. Often ribbon is added to the back half of a necklace, t0 finish and for a way of creating a closure, tying the two strands to end or ending the ribbon in end clamps and from there going to the clasp.
The piece show is made with a Vintaj Natural Brass Creative Hoop, two Humblebeads polymer clay disk beads, and some Vintaj charms, along with a ribbon that comes with a series of holes down the center of the ribbon. I worked the ribbon over and under on the hoop, filling the hoop with velvety rippled ribbon. I worked on the polymer clay beads then hooked a jump ring in each end of the Creative Hoop, putting a charm on each one before closing the jump rings. This keeps the disk bead on as well as adding an attractive dangle to complete the bracelet. It’s so soft and pleasing to wear. And more importantly, it is easy to make and can be made to coordinate with your outfit.
Post a comment about how you like to use ribbon and one lucky poster will receive a goody bag filled with ribbon! We will choose the winning post on Monday, after we return from the NW Bead Society show that is being held this weekend in Lynnwood, WA.