It's not everyday that we get this kind of custom knotting order, but it was a fun piece to work on!
I received a request to use a piece of titanium medical hardware that had recently been surgically extracted from a person's spine. The bracket had held vertebrae in place while the bone fused over time.
I knew a little something about the owner. He was a career Soldier and avid cyclist, who has strong ties to sunny Arizona.
The design that came to mind that brought all of these attributes together was The Beaded Aztec Sun Bar! I envisioned industrial hardware in gunmetal and titanium tones paired with leather cording in black and metallic slate.
I knew I'd find the technique I needed in J.D. Lenzen's beautiful new work, Leather Corded Fusion Ties. You might remember that we gave away a copy of the book when it first came out, and that I was so thrilled to be able to author the Foreword for it.
I truly love the designs within it, and how the techniques are so customizable. This book, as with all of J.D.'s videos and books, demystifies a technique so that others can incorporate the designs using limitless materials....materials like Titanium Vertebral Brackets.
You can see the Aztec Sun Bar on the cover of J.D.'s book above. It's the one in blue and white! The design technique transforms with just a color and beading style change!
We used titanium-finish nuts with a steampunk vibe to accentuate the mechanical theme. By running gunmetal rings through the leather black and metallic slate double overhand end knots, our bracelet becomes an adjustable piece.
I never knew I might receive a custom order quite like this one, but really loved the challenge and how it turned out! Happy Knotting!