Coiled choker

NicholasK
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7:10 PM - Jan 23, 2017 #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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7:32 PM - Jan 23, 2017 #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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5:17 PM - Jan 24, 2017 #3

Thank you Rick, much appreciated!
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5:39 PM - Jan 24, 2017 #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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8:18 PM - Jan 24, 2017 #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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8:35 PM - Jan 24, 2017 #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
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6:54 AM - Jan 25, 2017 #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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1:20 PM - Jan 25, 2017 #8

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

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5:33 PM - Jan 25, 2017 #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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10:14 PM - Jan 25, 2017 #10

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