Flexible

Textile in any shape and form is flexible. This is a huge contrast to metal.

With crochet, I personally like to focus on the pattern created by the wire, but I’m not trying to imitate the flexibility. I want the final piece to resemble sheet metal and to hold its shape.

Here you can see what the starting point looks like in a crochet piece, when there is still “fluff” and flexibility. This is already a nice structure to use in jewellery, and a lot of jewellery is made like this, sometimes with beads and pearls added.

Very fine metal sheet is flexible too, when it is annealed. I was once playing with some foil, just folding and shaping it without any plan. It inspired me to create a similar shape with thin copper sheet. If the metal sheet is thin enough, and annealed, it’s almost like shaping a piece of thick paper.

A textile ring ‘kind of’ works. It is comfortable to wear but also short-lived – and not always practical. If I would find a way to seal it (nailpolish was not the right thing) and still keep a soft and flexible feeling… What a dream!

I have always liked the idea of mixing hard metals with soft techniques. This year, my theme for the A to Z challenge is “Metal meets textile”. From A to Z, I talk about work with metal wire, textile techniques like crochet and knitting, show some pieces I’ve been working on, share some thoughts on metal, textile and jewellery. I hope that you’ll find something of interest to you!

13 thoughts on “Flexible

  1. I used to wear friendship bracelets (woven of embroidery floss) until they wore through, but I’m sure a ring would be even more abraded. Also, maybe not very pleasant if it gets soggy every time you wash your hands? Maybe it could be crocheted from a fine plastic or synthetic of some sort?
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    • I like those bracelets, it feels fine to let them just live their lives as long as they hold. Bracelets are easier than rings, because yes, it’s a hassle if you need to take it off everytime. Some plastic or synthetic yarn could be a compromise, thanks for the idea!

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  2. Those earrings are gorgeous and striking! Your winning marriage of textile and metal brings beautiful new combinations in every post. I like the concept that the metal should retain its metal-ness even as you weave it as if it were cloth. Chain mail comes to mind, of course, but it is so clunky compared to the elegance of your crocheted metal.

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    • Thank you, I’m glad you like what you see! I’ve never tried doing chain mail, but I think that technique would be great for a ring: Flexible to wear but not deteriorating over time. Something to explore further…

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    • Aw, thank you so much! I’m glad that you like this theme and what I’m sharing, and especially grateful you take your time in this extremely busy month. Your schedule must be filled with your writing, which I have so far only seen a tiny bit of, and it definitely made me want to come back for more.

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  3. It occurs to me that a fabric ring is meant to be impermanent and to emphasize that quality though I don’t exactly know what I mean by that. Maybe that as one deteriorates it gets used in some way in the next one or in a future piece?

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    • I like that idea, an old piece becoming part of a new one. Makes me think of the tradition to weave rugs from the fabric of worn out clothing. My grandmother did that a lot, everyone knew she could reuse old clothes so they brought them to her.
      The crochet ring was a caprice without further thoughts, let’s see where it goes…

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