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Monday, March 12, 2012

Clear Cord

Sometime back, I blogged about some cord I use. I finally ran out of the big roll I had and had to get more. While searching for some online, I ran across someone who had clear. The only place I could find it was on eBay, but if you are interested, you might find it local. It is the same brand that I mentioned in the post, Greenhead, also called GHG. I got some. I wasn't too sure what to expect. I thought it would be frosted, but no, it is clear, very clear. I'm lovin' it!



I know extruded pvc cord doesn't sound very appealing, but I really like this stuff. :) It looks especially nice with silver.
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Tomorrow, Sunday, there will be no entry, but you can keep earning points.

The sale ends Monday, so if you've been waiting, don't wait  too long! 20% off is a pretty good sale. :)

Next week, I will have a special post. It concerns the question I most often get. :)

The new question is- and I am really interested in what you have to say because this is something that has always puzzled me- what size necklaces do you wear? I like 20" for most things. It's my go to size. I'm not a small person, so 20" is not too long, not too short. 16" would be a tight choker for me. I don't typically wear real long necklaces, but I have a few.

21 comments:

  1. The clear cord is very interesting. I generally use leather cording, but I see the benefits of the PVC. Resistant to sweat and chemicals, OK for vegetarians ...

    I like 20 inch necklaces also. Not too long, not too short.

    Joyce

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    1. Yes, interesting, that's what I thought, too. :) I really, really like it with silver :)

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  2. Tela, This clear cord looks interesting. Mainly, I use silver or copper chain with beads for my necklaces. Maybe I should stretch a bit and give this a try! Usually, the necklaces I wear are 17 or 18" ones.

    I am enjoying this daily communication with you! I know you didn't ask this but my guess is the question you get most often is where do you find your stones?? You have the most beautiful collection I have seen. Looking forward to the post.

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    1. Hi Christine :) I think because the cord is o inexpensive it would be a low risk thing to play with. I love the black and I think I'm going to like the clear as much.

      I didn't know what to expect by asking questions of y'all, but it has been great and a lot of fun. I am so relieved that you and others are playing along. It would have been a bit embarrassing to have no one answer.... :)

      As to your guess, well you'll have to wait... ;) No, you're right. I'm trying to arrange something new and different. Hopefully it pans out.

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  3. I really like the look of the clear cord--it would be perfect for a piece I'm working on that has beads and other components made from found materials. I'll have to look for it.

    My necklaces are usually between 18-20 inches long. The actual length varies according to what style neckline my top has. I also have some long necklaces but I rarely wear them!

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    1. Yeah, I guess it depends on my top, too. Hadn't thought about that before I answered. I like lower cut shirts. That's probably why I like the 20".

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  4. I bought some 1mm bronze colored PVC which looks interesting--haven't used it yet though. I've used the black and brown PVC as well as real leather. My favorite cord is 3mm brown leather--it goes well with copper and most of my stones seem to work with it.

    I wish I could find a nice solid copper 2-3 mm snake chain to buy. I found a antique copper plated one on eBay which was pretty good quality but the finish is not as shiny as I would like. If anyone has any sources let me know.

    Personally I like 17-18 inch or 24-30 inch necklaces. If I want the necklace to be just under my collar bone it needs to be about 17 inches. I am around 5 feet tall with narrow shoulders so I don't have much "display area". Large chunky necklaces look like they are wearing me instead of the other way around. I try to keep large pendants on longer chains so they don't overpower.

    I make most necklaces for sale adjustable from 18-20 inches. The ones that are not adjustable are generally around 19 inches. I've also been making some 36 inch bead and chain station necklaces that can be doubled or worn long since long necklaces seem to be the trend now.

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    1. Sorry, can't help with the source. I use cord because I haven't found any pure copper chain that I like all that much and I am worried about the whole turning green thing with chains. I don't worry about it with pendants, though. I didn't know about the copper colored pvc- where do you buy it? I think 1mm might be too thin, but I'd love to check it out. :)

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    2. The bronze pvc cord I bought is really more gold--it blends more with antique brass than copper. I found it at Hobby Lobby. With cord this thin I always use it doubled. I've seen necklaces that use 4 strands which looks good using the light color of cord.

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    3. Thank you, Kathy :) I'll have to keep an eye out for it. I have picked up some thin black and frosted that I think is pvc. It looks pretty with several, as you say. It's hollow, which makes it easy to connect.

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  5. I wear two lengths of necklaces, 17"-18", just a little too big I find, I wish I could get smaller pre-made pvc/leather and 24-28" handmade chain - just big enough to get over my head without a clasp.

    I also have made a bead and chain necklace that is 60" this goes round my neck 3 times and I can adjust the 3 chain lengths to suit, no clasp required.

    I have yearned to an adjustable slipknot necklace for years and last Friday I finally bought the cord and realised exactly how simple they are to make - I am soooooo impressed with myself, LOL! I hues 40" x 1mm cord and I love the range of lengths I can use it at.

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean about the slipknot necklace, it took me awhile to figure it out, too. :) How was something so easy, so tough??

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  6. Hi Tela,
    I am enjoying looking at your beautiful settings. I love that your work compliments each individual stone so beautifully. I recently purchased a wonderful Nevada Rhodonite. It has an irregular shape(kinda like the sail of a sail boat). It needs an understated setting that compliments the stone. I love seeing your work, so am looking to you for inspiration.

    My favorite go-to necklace size is 18".

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    1. Hi Cheryl :) Thank you for the complement on my word and for your answer to the question. I love sail cuts! (But, I love them all- just about.)

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  7. I started using the Greenhead cord as soon as Tela posted the tutorial. I really like using it. I make the coils and clasps to match the piece I am making. I get the black from Cabelas and catch it on sale. I found the clear on Amazon yesterday and ordered it.

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    1. Hi! I'm really glad you made use of the blog post. Thanks for the endorsement. :) I think you'll like the clear, too.

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  8. I missed your blog today, Tela. I look forward to reading it.

    Joyce

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  9. Tela, is your next post gonna rock?!

    Joyce

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  10. I like handmade chains with my pendants, so I usually try to create something appropriate. I have a couple of cords given to me by a friend, but they just seem too casual for beautiful stones. Since I have to stretch to call myself 5'3" I like anything that gives me the illusion of being tall. A long chain equates to a tall (and slender) appearance, so ... most of my necklaces are 30+ inches.

    Am I the only one who likes long chains?

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    1. I like cords with most things- especially black cord. I do love chains, though. If I had the patience, I would make my own. I'm short, too. I haven't really tried wearing anything that long, though. I'll have to try it :)

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