Cotton Wax Cord Macrame Jewelry

This latest set of jewelry by Nancy Donaldson celebrates the old skill of macrame and the new cotton wax cords now available to knot with.

Nancy used traditional knots and featured Ladhaki beads between sections.

These special beads are ideal for working with thicker cords.

The colors in the bead inspired Nancy to also use small red wood beads as accents throughout her jewelry.

To finish her ends Nancy applied a little bit of tape to the ends and then placed them into an endcap.

These end caps revolve so the toggle sets are easier to use.

The finished ends make these pieces look even prettier.

The necklace features two unique cords.

The bracelet is lightweight and easy to wear.

We have great colors at great prices!


Cotton Wax Cord Kumihimo Bracelet

This kumihimo braided bracelet features small wooden beads and our new cotton wax cord.

The cotton wax cord is available in four different sizes.   (I used three sizes of the neon pink.)

For my eight strand classic braid I made one addition by loading pink beads onto one of the cords. 

I braided as I normally would, being careful to insert a pink bead each time I moved that special pre-beaded cord. 

Isn’t this great?  You can create so many looks with the addition of just one strand of beads. 


Dazzle-it Cotton Wax Cord is available in 1mm, 1.5 mm 2,mm and 3mm.


Kumihimo Necklace with Aluminum Chain

This choker features the classic 8-strand kumihimo braid with the addition of some gold glamour.

Several readers have reported a difficulty finding rattail kumihimo cord.  This necklace will remind you that you can use other types of stringing material to make a unique kumihimo braid in your Dazzle-it disk.

You can see here that I used traditional rattail but also added cotton wax cord and a gold specialty braid found in the ribbon department of my local craft store.

When the braid was complete I added the end caps and then my lightweight aluminum chain.

The new aluminum chain in the catalog is available in several sizes and colours.


Kumihimo braids will always look different if you add in fibers that are unexpected.

End caps can be purchased in various sizes.  The largest one finished this necklace beautifully.


Pink Shamballa!

Now I am getting somewhere!  The shamballa bracelets are starting to make themselves now!

For this bracelet I used the Dazzle-It strawberry pink rattail 1.5mm and pink 1mm cotton wax cordI needed the thinner wax cord so it would be easier to string my fabulous rhinestone beads.

The silver crystal beads have quite a few openings, so while I could use a thicker cord, 1mm was the easiest to work with.

The choice to work in pink was my own.  Spring is here and I need a brighter bracelet to wear!  There are so many colours in the rattail line though!

I have been teaching myself these knotting techniques.  I have learned that a clipboard is really helpful.   It is your third hand.

I can almost say I have mastered the square knot.  Every now and then I forget what I am doing and I have to unravel my knots.  Rattail is forgiving.

I even tried a special technique of adding these knots to my bracelet as a sliding closure.  Success!

To finish my cord ends I have been using a little flame from my lighter.  It makes the ends look finished.

A few people have been asking where they can learn about knotting techniques.  The book that has really taught me the most is this one. If you go online though, many crafty folks have made Youtube videos and “how to” blog posts.

This UK magazine is wonderful.  This month’s issue came with a special extra techniques booklet also chock-full of knotting ideas!

Flat Kumihimo With Cotton Wax Cord

This bracelet makes me wish I was on a tropical island.

I have been experimenting with the many different type of cords John Bead has .  These are the colours I chose from the Cotton Wax Cord collection.

Wax cord is available in many colours and you can buy it flat or round.  My set is the round cord 1mm.

I am using the classic set up for a flat braid using the instructions you receive in the Kumihimo square disk/plate kit.

The only thing I did different was that I attached my end to this vintage bead.  It gave me a finished end with no additional work after I finished the braid.

This braid was a pleasure to make!

Cotton Wax Cord is very different from rattail.  I did not try to make my knots super tight.  I wanted this bracelet to be lighter.  I am wearing it right now and it is practically weightless.

The next time I make a flat braid I am going to work with both rattail and cotton wax cord in the same project!