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Coiled choker

NicholasK
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January 23rd, 2017, 7:10 pm #1

I've always wanted to make one of these coiled chokers and thought it would be a quick diversion from a larger project I'm currently busy with.
Well, it took a bit longer than I thought but was fun to do and I'm happy with the outcome although I realise there are a few things I
would have done differently now that I've finished it . I used a one inch leather strip for the coils and size 11 & 12 beads for
wrapping.


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Tyrannocaster
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January 23rd, 2017, 7:32 pm #2

Wow! That's really neat. You guys are so good at beadwork...it's inspiring to see the work you do.
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NicholasK
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January 24th, 2017, 5:17 pm #3

Thank you Rick, much appreciated!
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January 24th, 2017, 5:39 pm #4

I like the hairpipe chokers, but this is so much more interesting. I don't know much about these, but the way the three parts reinforce the basic graphic design is very cool. Are these multiple strand beaded chokers common? I still haven't done any rolled beading, but I certainly like the way it looks.

Great design and workmanship.
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January 24th, 2017, 8:18 pm #5

Very nice work! I like a lot the color's pattern. Tyrannocaster: chokers like this were traditionally made in the Plains and up to the Northwest from what I know.
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January 24th, 2017, 8:35 pm #6

Thanks very much Alz!


Tyrannocaster:
Based on what I’ve seen on the internet, in books and on-line museum collections, I’d say the hair pipe chokers were far more common. I’ve only come across a few examples of coiled choker necklaces so far and they are mainly 3-4 coils that are joined at the back by leather tabs or spacers (as in example # 2 below).


My inspiration came from the Assiniboine example below where the design covers all four coils as opposed to just one colour per coil. I guess mine was an adaptation of this choker combined with some artistic licence so I’m not sure if it accurately depicts any particular style or tribal design as I didn't copy anything specifically, just made it up as I went along!
Thanks for the great compliments, it’s encouraging to get feedback when posting items.


Old Assiniboine choker from a museum collection



The more common type of coiled choker

A beautiful Crow choker where the coils are loosely twisted together
Last edited by NicholasK on January 25th, 2017, 5:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
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January 25th, 2017, 6:54 am #7

Very beautiful! I like the design and colors and all the details like that you even beaded the edges of the leather 'tabs' on each end.
Did you run a length of leather lace through the coils (to string the larger beads)?
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January 25th, 2017, 1:20 pm #8

There's a demon in the shell piece! On the left side. Better not let the tabloids see this!

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January 25th, 2017, 5:33 pm #9

Thank you Michael!  Yes, I enclosed a cord inside the leather coil so that I could thread the Crow beads. I used commercial cord (about 2mm)

instead of leather lace as I’ve never never been able to cut thin lace from German tan skins that don't easily snap. 





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January 25th, 2017, 10:14 pm #10

Sorry for the bad picture but another one from the Linderman collection and sort of a replica I made,
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