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Kumihimo Bracelet | Take a Make Break

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Kumihimo Bracelet | Take a Make Break

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Kumihimo Bracelet | Take a Make Break

Difficulty: Intermediate


Learn how to make your own Kumihimo bracelet with this basic technique tutorial.  We've swapped Kelshna's choice of crystals for long magatama beads to make a stunning wreath style bracelet. Ready? let's Braid!

You can find the original tutorial HERE.

You can add all the items you need to your basket by clicking the box in the 'Products used' section above, or you can let your imagination run wild and choose your own materials from the links below. Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'.

We believe that jewellery should be as individual as you are and so our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your creative imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Designed by Kleshna - May 2016

Step 1

Cut 4 strands of s-lon cord approx. 6 times the length you'd like your finished bracelet to measure. Holding all 4 cords together, fold in the middle of the cords and knot together creating 8 ends. Place the knot through the hole in the centre of the braiding board. Spread the cords, placing one strand either side of each dot on the board.

Step 2

Thread 30 long magatama beads on to each strand, each bead must face the same direction so you must always thread up through the hole consistently. Thread one colour onto 4 cords and the second colour onto the remaining 4 cords. 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 3

Position the cords - put the 2 gold beaded cords on the left and right side of your board on either side of the dots. Position the silver/clear beaded cords at the top and bottom positions on the board.

Step 4

You should have a cord either side of dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the cord 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 cords at the top. You will now have 3 cords at the top and one at the bottom. Now take the cord furthest right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom cord. Turn the braiding board 90 degrees counter-clockwise and repeat the same process, moving the bottom left cord to the top left, and the top right cord to the bottom right. Repeat until you have created a few centimetres of unbeaded braid.

Step 5

Now bring a bead down the next cord you work with. Place it all the way to the bottom of the cord. You will find that it sits under the cord you used last. Make sure the longer part of the bead points outwards. Repeat this every time you move a cord until you have used all the beads you added earlier. You can use more or less beads if you want to change the size of the bracelet. Create a few more centimetres of unbeaded braid.

Step 6

Remove cords from the notches and knot together so the braid doesn’t unravel. Now wrap some cotton or 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.

Step 7

To complete, check that the end of your cord fits into your cord ends. Glue each end into the clasp using fevi kwik, and leave to dry.

Attach your lobster clasp to each of your cord ends using jumprings