Lime Soda Kumihimo
Designed by: Sandra Henbest
This gorgeous Kumihimo necklace is both vibrant and unique. Create your own "Lime Soda" necklace today, created by Sandra Henbest. Tutorial exclusive to Beads Direct.
Why not try changing the colours of your beads to create a whole range of different necklaces?
To make a 20 inch Necklace -
Cut four, 3 metre lengths of S-Lon Cord.
Thread the button onto all four strands and slide to the middle of the cords. Tie a knot in the S-Lon on the underside of the button. You will now have 8 long threads.
Slot two strands onto the North, South, East and West points of a Kumihimo disk with the button in the centre hole.
On four of the strands (two either side of point 8 and 24), thread 110 size 8 beads. Either tie a knot in the end of the thread, or use a stopper bead.
On the remaining strands, thread 35 Seed Beads, then 40 long Magatama beads pointing in random directions, followed with another 35 Seed Beads.
Wind the threads onto Bobbins, this stops the threads from tangling.
Braid as normal, dropping a bead into place on each move until all beads are used.
For the loop at the end, wrap a piece of S-Lon Cord or Rattail around the button quite tightly and add 1/2 inch to find the length of braid required.
Carry on braiding without beads until the piece of naked braid is long enough. Take the next 2 threads to be worked and tie them together using a square knot. Remove from the board.
Once off the board, thread one of the 8 threads onto a needle and work the needle through the middle of the braid close to the beads. Using the same cord, push the needle down through the centre of the braid for 1/2 inch, taking care the needle does not go through a bead. Pull the cord tight.
Repeat with 6 of the remaining 7 threads, leaving the one closest to the beads. You may need to use a pair of pliers to pull the last 1 or 2 threads.
With the Last cord, wrap it around the loop as tight and flat as you can for about 1/2 inch. Try not to overlap the wrap.
Before you finish, check that the button will fit through the loop. Pass the needle back through the 2 sides of the loop, at the top of the wrap and pull tight.
Slide the needle through the wrap from the loop end back to the beads and tie off with a half hitch knot close to the beads. Pass the needle through the centre of the braid as with previous threads.
Pull each thread tight and cut close to the beads. Add a drop of glue to the wrapped section as added security.
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