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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.

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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.

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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.