Make Jewellery issue 35 | Japanese Garden Bracelet |

Japanese Garden Bracelet

Products used in project:

Japanese Garden Bracelet

Items (4)
Rattail Lilac 2mm 4 Colours 4x3yds
Out of stock
Nymo Beading Thread Size D 0.3mm Red 64yards
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Kumihimo Findings Set 6mm Bullet Gold Plated
Out of stock
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Information about project:

Japanese Garden Bracelet

Difficulty: Expert


This Japanese Garden bracelet design matches the set that is worn on the cover of Make Jewellery Magazine, issue 35, pg 17,  March


Step 1

Create another kumihimo braid approx. 18-19cm in length. Scroll down on instructions on how to make a Kumihimo Braid. Whip the ends and thread on 2 charm carriers.

Step 2

Glue end caps on to each end and attach a toggle clasp. Attach a filigree flower so it hangs between the two charm carriers.

Step 3

How to make an 8 warp Kumihimo braid:

You will need a braiding board with notches to place your thread. Each cord placed into a single notch on the board is known as a ‘warp’.

Take the 4 coloured cords in the warm neutrals rattail set. Holding all 4 together, fold in the middle of the cords and knot together, creating 8 ends.

Step 4

Place the knot through the hole in the centre of the braiding board. Spread the cords, placing the colours in the notches of the braiding board. You should follow the pattern of colours illustrated on the tag of your warm neutrals rattail pack, placing a ‘warp’ either side of each dot on the board.


Step 5

Turn the braiding board over and wrap each cord into its own no-tangle bobbin. You may want to add a weight to the knot to help your braid pull downwards as you work.


Step 6

You should have a warp either side of dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the warp from the notch to the left of dot 16 (at the bottom) and move it straight upwards to the notch to the left of the two warps at the top. You will now have 3 warps at the top and one at the bottom

Step 7

Now take the warp furthest right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom warp.

Step 8

Turn the braiding board 90 degrees counter-clockwise and repeat the same process, moving the bottom left warp to the top left, and the top right warp to the bottom right. Repeat until you get to the end of your cords.

Step 9

Remove cords from the notches and knot together so the braid doesn’t unravel. Now whip the ends to secure. Wrap the nymo thread tightly around the braid just below the knot, and sew through the braid a couple of times to make sure it is securely fastened. When you are happy that you have secured the braid; take some sharp scissors and cut off the knot close to the whip.