Hemp Jewelry Making – Fishbone Design

Difficulty level: Intermediate, it’s recommended that you have some familiarity with tying a basic square knot. This tutorial contains instructions on how to make a square knot. It’s is recommended that you practice making square knots before you start making the actual fishbone hemp jewelry.

Step 1 for creating fishbone hemp jewelry is measuring our hemp. We will need four strands.

Now the knots are the same for necklaces, chokers, bracelets and anklets. The only difference between a necklace and a bracelet is the length of the cord that you will use. Obviously you will use longer cords for a necklace than you would for a bracelet, choker or anklet.

For a fishbone hemp necklace or choker you will need 3 strands about 128 inches in length and 1 strand that is 32 inches in length.

For a fishbone hemp bracelet or anklet you will need 3 strands about 64 inches in length and 1 strand that is 32 inches in length.

When in doubt or the first time you try a new style of hemp jewelry it is better to use more hemp. It’s easier to cut off the extra hemp than waste your time or a piece of hemp jewelry because you didn’t have enough hemp to finish it properly.

Now the fishbone macrame jewelry design is basically made using a standard macrame square knot like what is used to make a flat macrame hemp jewelry design. Their is just one slight variation. A standard flat macrame hemp jewelry design uses 1 set of knotting cords a fishbone macrame hemp jewelry design uses more than 1 set of knotting cords. In this tutorial we will be using 3 sets of knotting cord to make our bracelets and necklaces.

The basic knot that we will be using to make our fishbone macrame hemp jewelry is a basic square knot.

How to make a square knot instructions.

Step 1 Grab the cord on your right and bring it over and across the center string. Then under the cord on your left.

Step 2 Take the left cord and bring it under the center string and threw the loop on the right.

Step 3. Pull the knot tight. You need good tension on all three cords.

Do the same in reverse.

Step 4. Grab the cord on the left and bring it over and across the center string. Then under the cord on your left.

Step 5. take the right cord now and bring it under the center string and threw the loop on the right.

Step 6. Pull the knot tight.

If this is your first time tying a square knot you may want to practice making a simple necklace or bracelet to get the hang of tying square knots before you start making fishbone hemp jewelry. It’s more confusing to learn to tie a square knot when you have a bunch of extra cords and complications.

So now to start making your fishbone jewelry.

#1. Take the hemp cords that you made earlier. Their size will depend upon what kind of hemp jewelry you are making whether it is necklaces, chokers, bracelet or anklets.

#2. Take the 3 longer cords fold them in half. Create a loop. You will secure the loop by tying all the cords together using an overhand knot. Make sure to include the fourth and final string in this knot.

You should have 7 cords hanging loosely below your knot.

#3. Take two of the knotting cords and tie a square knot. Tie the square knot so that it wraps around all the other cords. Leave these cords hanging out to the side. This is your first set of knotting cords.

#4. Pick another two knotting cords and tie a square knot. Tie it around the remaining cords. Exclude your first set of knotting cords keep them off to the side. When you have finished this knot leave these cords out to the side as well. This will be your second set of knotting cords.

#5. Take the third set of cords and tie a square knot. Only the center string should be left in the center now. These knotting cords will be your third set of knotting cords.

#6. Take your first set of knotting cords and bring it down below the knots that you just made with your third set of knotting cords. Tie a square knot with the first set of knotting cords. Leave the cords a little loose so that they form a circle.

#7. Keep repeating step #6 with the first, second and then third set of knotting cords. Creating a series of circles that resembles the rib cage of a fish. Hence the name fishbone macrame design.

#8. When you get to the desired length tie it all off with an overhand knot to prevent your macrame knots from coming undone.

#9. The strings that are remaining can be used to tie the necklace, bracelet, choker or anklet that you made shut threw the loop that you made in the beginning.

3D Printing – A New Dimension in Custom Jewelry Design

For millennia, people of all civilizations have been adorning themselves with jewelry of all kinds, and all with the same goal: to make a visual statement in one way or another.

While the Flintstones-era rocks and bones style is no longer popular, the use of precious metals and stones in jewelry is something that has been constant since their discovery, and shows no sign of ever going away.

What does change and evolve however is the production process. Technological advances are constantly helping the designers to help you customize your own engagement ring. While CAD imaging systems have been around for a while, the newest kid on the block is 3D printing.

When used in conjunction to design and create models of the custom piece for the customer to approve, CAD imaging and 3D printing can save the jeweler time and money while allowing the customer more freedom to customize their own engagement ring, while also giving them a far better idea of the how the finished piece will look.

Less time, more style

Thanks to CAD design, what used to take hours to sketch by hand can be rendered much quicker on a computer screen. With demanding or indecisive customers who are likely to ask for changes or request a completely new design when customizing their own engagement rings, the time and effort this saves the jeweler is immeasurable.

3D printing is also helping in the design and decision-making processes, replacing the need to hand-carve a wax model of the piece. Aside from the time-saving benefits of this, 3D printing allows far more detail to be incorporated in the model, giving the customer a greater idea of how their custom jewelry will look.

The time saved by adopting new 3D printing techniques also gives the jeweler more time to spend on making the designs as good as they can possibly be, and at a more competitive price too.

New technology, vintage designs

As 3D printing technology allows a jeweler more time to help you customize your own engagement ring, their creativity is allowed to flourish, knowing as they do that the 3D printer will allow ever more intricate designs to become reality.

Of course, we all have different taste, and you might not want the clinical precision cut of a new piece when you customize your own engagement ring; after all, retro never really goes out of fashion.

Perhaps counter-intuitively, the advancements in technology are helping with this too, with the higher level of detail allowed by the new techniques enabling the skilled custom jeweler to add elements to their designs that actually work to give them a more vintage look.

Wider audience, future developments

The combination of CAD imaging and 3D printing technology is helping custom jewelers to take their business global without leaving their offices and workshops, communicating with customers worldwide who want to customize their own engagement rings before sending the finished piece to the happy recipient.

Scans of pencil sketches and 3D CAD rendering files can be emailed, with revisions made until the customer is satisfied, before a model is 3D printed. Scanned images of this can also be emailed and, once approved, the final piece is sent via safe courier.

While this is the pinnacle of 3D printing technology in use in the custom jewelry industry today, the future promise of 3D metal printing will mean another giant leap forward in the manufacturing process.

3D printing technology already saves time, effort, money, and man-hours for custom jewelers everywhere, which in turn means a more cost-effective and quicker service for the customer; the next evolution of the technology will only lead to a more beneficial design and manufacture process for jewelers and their customers looking to customize their own engagement rings.