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Designed by: Leah Connolly
Cut 8 strands of s-lon cord approx. 50cm long. Tie all the threads together in a loose knot in the centre. Thread on the metal bar charm.
Place the knot through the centre of the kumihimo braiding board. Let the ends dangle down, the knot underneath the Becharmed bead should keep it in place.
Set up the kumihimo board for a normal 8 strand braid (one strand either side of each dot). If you haven't created an 8 strand braid before, see the related videos below to learn how.
Thread 15 silver crystal beads on each strand in the top half of the board and knot to keep in place (as the strands are quite short I found a knot worked better than a bobbin). Now thread 15 white crystal beads on each strand in the bottom half of the board and knot to keep in place.
Start braiding, using each strand once without any beads to begin (this should sit inside your Becharmed bead). Now start adding your beads, adding a bead to every strand. If you haven't added beads to a braid before see our related videos below.
Braid until you have used all the beads (or to size). Create 0.5-1cm unbeaded braid, then knot all the threads together.
Place your beaded section down through the kumihimo disk. Set up for braiding as before, threading on beads in the same way. Braid in the same way as the other side.
You should now have 2 beaded sections with the metal bar charm in the centre. Make sure the knots at the end are tight, and the unbeaded braid and knot will be hidden inside your clasp. If necessary adjust the knot to ensure a tidy finish. Glue the ends into each end of the clasp. As the clasp is larger than the s-lon braiding, the knots will help it to adhere.
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