I tend to work in a wide variety of styles (avoiding soldering and
chemicals when I can), but one of my most popular styles - especially
with brides - is the tin cup necklace. I’ve been making this style
off and on for years. The older ladies always know what I’m talking
about when I mention or show them this style, the younger ones not so
I’ve often wondered about the history of the term; and when I just
recently got an order for a bride’s necklace for a version on
"invisible" wire, I found I had a couple questions to which I haven’t
been able to find ready answers. One - does anyone know the
derivation of the term tin cup? I could find little reference to it,
short of web sites displaying necklaces of this design. And two -
I’ve only ever used silk, nylon, and once or twice leather cord to
produce this style. I’ve never done the “floating tin cup” thing and
am uncertain about materials… I’m sure the stringing material is
some kind of plastic line (hopefully coming in different diameters).
I know from seeing them on people that the beads are held in place
with little crimps, which I think totally destroys the continuity of
a piece (little smashed beads don’t look nearly as nice as tidy
little knots); but I’m not sure how else to do it, short of glue -
and that seems a little dicey, too. Any suggestions??
I’ve got lots of time to accomplish this… the wedding isn’t until
spring 2009… but I hate to wait with regard to its construction in
case I’ve got some experimentation ahead of me.