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New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

Saami Bracelet Kit in New Colors

Our beginning double braided Saami Bracelet Kits have been so popular we’ve decided to add 6 new colors of reindeer skin! In addition to our traditional black leather you can choose from red, blue, olive, tan, antique brown and merlot leather for a splash of color. In addition to more bracelet color choices we’ve replaced the CDROM instructions with a downloadable PDF feature.

Stay tuned for new kits featuring different braid variations and projects accompanied by video instructions with feature Saami Inspired Bracelet instructor Liz Bucheit. Get a jump on your Xmas projects by ordering your kits today!

Saami Bracelet Material Kits – Single Braided Sami kit

$45.00

Kits come with downloadable step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters. See description below↓

 

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Saami Bracelet material Kits – Single Braided Sami Bracelet kit

We just received a shipment of Saami bracelet supplies from Sweden!  If you have taken our Sami bracelet classes in the past we now offer kits for our double braided pewter thread bracelet.  Never had a class from us?  No worries!  Kits come with downloadable step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters.  

 

Saami Bracelet material Kits – Single Braided Sami Bracelet kit

This kit contains materials and directions for 1@ double braided bracelet.

Materials in kit:

Tin thread (45″ cut into 3@ 15″ sections)

20mm wide reindeer hide strip (approximately 7″ long)

5mm wide reindeer hide strip (approximately 2″ long)

1@ reindeer hide twisted cord (for button loop)

1@ reindeer antler two hole button

1@ 5/10 straight needle (to use with acrylic thread to fasten braid to leather)

1@ leather “glover” needle (to use with black synthetic sinew thread to fasten button loop and close up back of bracelet)

Acrylic and black synthetic sinew thread

 

You will also need: (Not included in kit)

Scissors

Measuring tape

Plastic hobby table clamp with hole(s) in handle

Paper clip

Rubber cement

Additional information

Color

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Get some class! Crown Trout Jewelers to host Saami Inspired Bracelet Class

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In addition to creating custom jewelry in our Lanesboro, MN studio our Saami Inspired Bracelet Classes keep us on the road for a good portion of the year.  We’ve been teaching these classes for 16 years and have introduced this unique craft to over 1300 students. After teaching and presenting in dozens of venues and traveling to three states just this past year, we are happy to be hosting our final class of 2017 on Saturday November 18 from 10-5pm in Lanesboro, MN. Need a jump on some handmade Xmas gifts? You’ll be the most coveted Secret Santa around!

Go to http://crowntrout.com/classes/saami-friendship-bracelet-class/ for a complete class description and prices. Can’t make it to a class? Order a bracelet kit and supplies from www.saamisupplies.com.

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Make a Saami bracelet
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Saamisupplies.com announces International Shipping Service

Saamisupplies.com announces International Shipping Service

Greetings everyone!

We have expanded our ordering platform to include International Flat Rate Shipping! With over 700 subscribers we have been getting order inquiries from Japan, Switzerland, Spain and even Russia. Stay tuned for new products, kits, books and tips and tricks for this unique craft. Don’t forget to check out our class schedule at www.crowntrout.com for upcoming venues and new class offerings for 2018. Get a jump on those Christmas gifts by ordering materials and kits early and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog.

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SaamiInspiredbracelets

 

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Saami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Stitching
Saami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Stitching

 

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Great Makers Exchange at the American Swedish Institute Minneapolis, MN

Hello everyone!

Summer is flying by and we’ve been “festival flying” in addition to hosting classes and creating custom designs for our clients. Last week we were demonstrating filigree jewelry techniques at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum during Nordic Fest and I gave a presentation entitled “Traditions in Transition: Filigree Jewelry by Liz Bucheit”. Luckily I can put away my helgestak until next year!

Join us this Sunday August 6th, 10 – 4pm for the Great Makers Exchange at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN. We’ll have a booth displaying our jewelry and I’ll host a mini Saami Inspired workshop.

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SaamiInspiredbracelets

Come enjoy a great day of craft, food and fellowship!

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Saami Inspired Bracelet Repair Tips and Tricks

Saami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Stitching

Saami Inspired Bracelet Repair Tips and Tricks

There are many things I love about these bracelets. The reindeer leather is soft and comfortable and their overall design and construction is casual and unique. For people with metal allergies they are the perfect solution since the pewter thread doesn’t come in contact with the skin. I have a tendency to wear my bracelets all the time and naturally over the years the loop can wear out or I catch the whole business on a door handle and the piece needs to be repaired. So, you or someone you made a bracelet for has broken the loop and or lost the antler button that holds the piece together.  What do you do?

I recently had an inquiry from one of our blog subscribers regarding the repair of a much loved bracelet and after a few emails I thought it would be a good idea to offer up some tips and tricks for fixing the clasp ends. There are lots of ways to fix a broken loop or attach a new button provided you are brave and have the proper tools and materials.

The loop and button are the hardest working components of your bracelet.  I’ve done a lot of repair on my own work and the work of other students and artists. If the loop has come out or broken it’s best to start out with a new bit of leather cord and follow the directions below.

You’ll need to use a sharp scissors to clip the stitches open on the back of your bracelet (about an inch of the way down) and open the seam. Pull out any leftover pieces or loose threads. Thread a glover (leather) needle or a sharp round needle and knot one end with synthetic sinew. You can also use cotton polyester thread in a pinch, however synthetic sinew (which is really waxed linen) offers a bit of waterproofing and lasts longer than the cotton thread.

I like to wrap my thread around the loop and tie a knot. Next I’ll anchor the loop by doing 2 stitches through the strip. Bring the needle back through the open loop as shown and spreading the section of your loop legs apart, pass the needle under the wrap. You’ll be working back to front. As I mentioned, do this twice.  Bring the needle back through the loop and stitch the back of your bracelet closed.

This is just one way to fix your broken loop. You may discover after repairing a few bracelets what works best for you. The main thing is that the loop stays on the bracelet. Don’t be afraid to cut your seam open. Once you have the bracelet fixed try buttoning and unbuttoning it a few times. If the loop stays put you’ve done a good job. If it pulls out try stitching it down again. It’s better to make sure the clasp is working before handing it back to your friend or client

Do you have a have bracelet that needs to be fixed?  Shoot me your questions and let’s get that bracelet back in shape! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog -I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Gifts for Men

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How about getting something really cool for your Viking man? Leather bracelets make great gifts for men. Our Saami Inspired Bracelet styles are created using braided and woven pewter thread, genuine reindeer hide and antler buttons.

These bracelets look like a cuff but are more comfortable and go with everything from jeans to a suit. Don’t know your man’s wrist size? No worries. Most styles come in a standard 9” length and can be custom ordered should you require a specific size.

Check out our selection of men’s pewter thread bracelets at https://crowntroutonline.com/product-category/bracelets/mens-bracelets/ and place your order in time for Father’s Day.

Want to make your own bracelet?  You can find all your materials at https://saamisupplies.com/shop/  Follow the free “How to Measure” download for sizing suggestions and subscribe to our blog.

Please leave a comment below. We’re happy to answer your questions.

 

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How to Find Your Calling to Craft

Liz Bucheit

 

I have always been fascinated by how people are attracted to a particular craft or art form. For me, I developed an obsession with jewelry by the age of four and would beg my mother to let me “organize” her jewelry drawer. I would pile on as many rings, necklaces, bracelets and pins my toddler size frame could hold. Of all of the pieces in my mother’s collection her Norwegian brooches stood out the most. The fine silver filigree designs with their delicate disc shaped drops tinkled and sparkled like small waterfalls.

I was born in Decorah, Iowa, home to the Vesterheim Norwegian- American Museum where I would spend hours looking at the silver jewelry and bridal crowns. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Iowa City with a Master’s Degree in Metalworking and Jewelry I later traveled to Norway to study traditional “bunad” silver jewelry.

I attended Raulandsakademiet Folk School in Telemark where traditional crafts like rosmaling, weaving, acanthus carving, etc. are taught. It was there I first saw a Swedish woman in my class wearing several unique braided bracelets. She explained to me the technique was a craft associated with the Saami, Scandinavia’s indigenous people.

Our daily jewelry class was very intense and at the end of the day I would relax by watching her weave the pewter thread into different designs and sew the finished braids to strips of reindeer hide. Needless to say I was hooked and I am as excited about teaching this craft as I was 15 years ago when I made my first bracelet.

 

I can say with certainty my Norwegian heritage was the spark that influenced my interest in traditional and contemporary craft today.

What draws your interest about this particular craft?

Subscribe to our blog and share your stories and projects with us. Every week we post information on tools, techniques and the history of this unique craft.

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Add some color to your pewter thread bracelets with colored cord.

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Join our blog and add some color to your pewter thread bracelets.  I love the look of traditional pewter thread braids but sometimes I long for a little variation to really make the materials pop.  I usually wear several bracelets at a time and often I can color coordinate my selection with what I’m wearing. We recently added a rich rainbow of 1.00mm round cowhide leather cord to our inventory at saamisupplies.com.  Follow the steps in this project to brighten you bracelets and your day.

Double Four Braid Pewter Thread Bracelet with 1.00 Round Leather Colored Cord

Begin by cutting 4 pieces of 0.35mm pewter thread approximately 18 inches long each.  Cut one 18 inch section of 1.00mm  round leather cord.

Take 2 pieces of pewter thread and place a strand on either side of your leather cord.  These will be your borders.  Double the entire piece in half on the end of an open paper clip attached to your table clamp.  Make sure to keep everything flat.  It’s a bit of a challenge so don’t be discouraged if it seems like you need another set of hands to get everything positioned properly.

Double your remaining 2 strands of pewter thread over the end of the paper clip and you are ready to start braiding.

Proceed to braid as you would for the double four-strand pewter thread bracelet project in our previous post this past week.

You should end up with a 6.5 – 6.75 inch finished braid.  You can sew the braid to a leather strip at this point or simply cap the end with a button and loop for a different look.

It’s hard to believe that the addition of color can make this braid look so different.  You can also try using round polyester cord or silk beading cord for variety.  I’ve had students use flat strips of suede or reindeer hide and even ribbon!  Remember to use materials at least 1.00mm wide so your material doesn’t disappear  between the sections of your pewter thread.

Don’t forget to join our blog and stay tuned for another exciting project next week. Visit www.saamisupplies.com for everything you need to fuel your creativity!

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Steps on how to create a double four-strand pewter thread braid

Hey everyone!  I’ve gotten lots of requests over the past few weeks regarding the steps on how to create a double four-strand braid for our pewter thread and Saami inspired folks.  This is a beautiful dense Irish looking pattern that takes a bit of practice.  To start you will need 4 strands of 0.35mm pewter thread approximately 20″ long each.

Double your strands in half over the hook of your paper clip and divide into 4 sections with two strands in each section.  Don’t worry if this looks a little wonky to start with.

Take your two sections in the middle and cross the right section over the left section. and pull taut.

Take the outermost section on your left and cross it over the nearest section and pull over to the right.  Pull taut.

Take the outermost section on your right and cross it under the nearest section and pull over the left.

Pull both sections firmly to either side and you should begin to see the pattern emerging.

Depending on how tightly you braid you should end up with a finished braid approximately 6.5 to 6.75 inches long. Remember to figure that a good 0.25 inch on either end will be hidden in the body of your bracelet if you are going to sew the braid to a leather strip.  These proportions work well for a 7 inch finished bracelet on reindeer hide so if you want a longer braid increase the length of your strands by 2 inches (20 – 22 inches).  Again, depending on the how tightly you weave your strands will determine the overall finished length of the braid.  Strands measuring 22 inches in length should yield you a finished braid measuring approximately 7.7 to 8 inches long.

Good luck and I am always happy to answer questions and help in any way I can.  Don’t forget to share your projects on our Saami Inspired Facebook Page.  Thanks for following our blog and stay tuned for a new project post May 6th where we’ll add a little color to your life.

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New Twists on Saami Inspired Four Braid Pewter Thread Bracelets

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I don’t know about you but sometimes I can get a little crazy when it comes to all the different variations of braids that are possible for my bracelets.  For example, I’m working on the two bracelets pictured below which are double strand, four braid weaves.  They are essentially the same except for the division of strand groupings.  In the first picture on the left, the braid on the left (“dubbel fyrflata”) uses around 6 feet of 0.35mm tin thread divided into 4 sections and doubled over for a 6.5 inch finished braid.  The style on the right uses 3 strands at 18.5 inches each and 1 strand at 21 inches doubled over for a 6.5 inch finished braid.  It’s all in how you divide up the strand groups.  Stay tuned for some examples where we combine leather, beads, silk cord and fish leather into the braid!

 

Saami bracelet
Saami bracelet