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“Hmmm..hemp? Help, question?”


Description from Mary - Sweet Chick: OK chickies, a little help please.
Can some one explain the difference in weight (10lb & 20lb) and how each weight is used in a project? I've looked around LB as well as the hemp luck. Thanks chicks!!


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  1. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    Weight of Hemp just defines the thickness. The higher the number, the thicker the cord. The lower number is most often used for delicate pieces and smaller bead as they usually can not be strung on the thicker hemp. Use of either thickness is totally up to the artist as with art, there are no rules! Enjoy working with it!

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Candy said the very things I was going to post, Mary! The thicker cords are great for projects where you want more substance — I use these 99% of the time, as they’re not too heavy looking or feeling. The thinner cords are used just the way Candy wrote. It’s fun to combine different colors in a design, as you’re using 2 separate pieces in any design. Enjoy experimenting, Mary! :D

  3. Tres Chick
    Tres Chick says:

    Mary, I wondered about this also when I saw the new hemp yesterday – came up with the following excerpt from the web site :
    “(hemp) comes in a number of gauges or sizes. The most common are:
    20 lb. test (about 1mm thick)*
    45 lb. test (about 2mm thick)*
    80 lb. test (about 3mm thick)
    170 lb. test (about 4mm thick)
    Read more: Hemp Jewelry Basics
    [End of excerpt]

    This doesn’t tell us about the stiffness, roughness, etc, of hemp compared to leather, satin cord, and other stringing/wrap materials, but there are some designs on that site, and the wrap bracelet designs on limabeads might work with hemp.

  4. Tres Chick
    Tres Chick says:

    Followup: the web site I excerpted from is ; it has a section on “Hemp Jewelry Making”.

  5. Tres Chick
    Tres Chick says:

    Second followup: my web site names are being deleted from my comments; the web site is given at the end of the excerpt in my original post, where it says “Read more…”. Sorry for the confusion.

  6. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Mary, LB has 3 great tutorials in the tips & techniques section for learning how to make/use the half square, square, & sliding square knots. I took a class at my LBS & learned these skills last year (before LB offered the various hemps and tutorials) & these are the same skills I learned there. It is so much fun to make these fab bracelets in so many different colors — with or without extra beads throughout the pattern! :D

    My daughter Suzanne & I were having lunch at a restaurant in Indy last Summer & I laid out some of the hemp bracelets I had recently made for her to look at. Our waitress bought one of them “off the table”! 8)

  7. No Photo
    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you so much chickies, for all the tips and helpful advice! :-D

    @Lynn Eileen, Thanks for the tips on what size works best for you. That helps a lot!I’ve checked out those LB tutes but I gotta’ tell ya’, I usually need to learn techniques like this “hands on”. With tutes, it’s all about setting aside the time to follow along slowly enough to make it stick in my brain. And my old brain works ever-so-slowly these days!
    And you know, we REALLY do need to find a way to meet one of these days! Not sure how to make that happen but I think it would be great! Hugs to you my dear!

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