Beader's Paradise Blue and Copper Beaded Kumihimo Necklace

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by Robin D. Beam, Beader's Paradise

Beader's Paradise Blue and Copper Beaded Kumihimo Necklace

Beautiful to wear or to gift!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Determine the size of the necklace you wish to make. For example, if you want an 18 inch necklace, 8 lengths of cord measuring 54 inches each will need to be cut. The rule of thumb is the necklace length times 3. To determine the amount of beads needed, half the necklace measurement on each cord will be needed. So, for an 18 inch necklace, approximately 9 inches of beads will need to be strung onto each cord.
  • 2
    Place the 8 cords (also known as warps) together and make an overhand knot on one end. This will be cut off later. (Tip: use a bobbin to ensure your cords don't get tangled.)
  • 3
    Use Big Eye needle on the end of the first cord. Pour beads onto work surface and "stab" into the bead pile stringing on the beads randomly onto the Big Eye Needle until you have measured out the right amount of beads. Wrap the cord onto a bobbin, placing most of the cord and beads into it; once all cords have been strung with beads, you can then adjust bobbins to release some of the beads for braiding. Repeat stringing on beads and wrapping on bobbins until all 8 cords have been completed.
  • 4
    With the printed side of the disk facing you, place overhand knot in the center hole. The braid, as it grows, will feed through the hole in the disk. You will see on the disk that there are 4 dots with slits on either side of the dots; think of it as a clock; they are at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. Place cords in the slits that are immediately to the left and right of each dot.
  • 5
    Start the braid for about a 1/2 inch with no beads; this will be wrapped and glued into the bullet cap later.
  • 6
    For the braid, you will always be working with the cords at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock. Note that as you complete a set of movements with the braid (steps 7 and 8), you will be moving the disk clockwise, next working with the "new" set of cords at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock.
  • 7
    First move the 12 o'clock right cord to the bottom right of the cords at 6 o'clock. You will now have 1 cord on the top and 3 at the bottom.
  • 8
    Second movement of the cords is taking the left cord at 6 o'clock and moving it up to the left side of the 1 cord at 12 o'clock. Move the disk clockwise and you will repeat steps 7 and 8 with the "new" set of cords.
  • 9
    When working with the beads, you will be moving a bead from the cord you are working with to the center opening of the disk, making sure to tuck the bead under the cord that is crossing perpendicular to your working cord; refer to figure for reference. (Using the clock reference: when moving the right 12 o'clock cord down to the right 6 o'clock position, tuck bead under the top 3 o'clock cord; when moving the left 6 o'clock cord up to the left 12 o'clock position, tuck that cord's bead under the bottom 9 o'clock cord.) Tucking the cords under the cords as noted is essential to "lock" them in place.
  • 10
    Repeat the 12 o'clock right to 6 o'clock right and 6 o'clock left to 12 o'clock left bead and cord movements, turning the disk clockwise each time the second step is completed until you get to the desired length for the necklace.
  • 11
    Finish the necklace as you started in Step 5 for 1/2 inch, then an overhand knot.
  • 12
    To finish off the necklaces, follow the directions on the Kumihimo accessory package, which states to wrap a piece of thread around braid that is between the beaded braid and the overhand knot. Tie off tightly with a square knot. Trim off knot. Place glue in bullet end cap and place tied off end of braid into cap. Let dry completely and repeat with other end. Add jump rings and toggle clasp that comes with the Kumihimo bullet ends.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • Beader's Paradise Seed Beads 6/0 Aqua and Copper Mix 104507172 (2)
  • The Beadsmith Kumihimo 6 inch Braiding Disk 104743068
  • The Beadsmith S-Lon Bead Cord 77 yard Brown 104787207
  • The Beadsmith Kumihimo Finding Sets 4 mm Bullet Cap Copper 104787187
  • The Beadsmith Bob-EEZ No Tangle Thread Bobbins 8 pc. 104743066
  • Jewelry Pliers (optional - use if you have difficulty opening and closing jump rings with your fingers)
  • Beadalon Big Eye Beading Needles 104249916
  • G-S Hypo Cement 0.34 oz. 104257413
  • Ruler
  • Scissors