This kumihimo necklace features the addition of our new lightweight aluminum chain.
The braid is a unique one.
It features white rattail, hemp and a beaded string found in a fabric store.
I made my braid using the classic 8-strand directions which you can see on the video I posted here.
Once my braid was done I finished it with a glue-on silver endcap. Then I gathered a few more supplies which included the cut link silver chain, a finishing clasp, jump rings and pliers to open them.
The simple task of joining the chain to the kumihimo was straightforward. To start, I added one jump ring, to link the chain to the endcap.
Then I added jump rings attaching the chain to one strand of the kumihimo braid.
You can see in the picture that I always attached the jumpring to the mauve hemp cord.
I was careful to untwist the chain and work with my braid flat to my worktable. The chain adds sparkle! This was a simple way to make my kumihimo braid more interesting.
This choker features the classic 8-strand kumihimo braid with the addition of some gold glamour.
Several readers have reported a difficulty finding rattail kumihimo cord. This necklace will remind you that you can use other types of stringing material to make a unique kumihimo braid in your Dazzle-it disk.
You can see here that I used traditional rattail but also added cotton wax cord and a gold specialty braid found in the ribbon department of my local craft store.
When the braid was complete I added the end caps and then my lightweight aluminum chain.
The new aluminum chain in the catalog is available in several sizes and colours.
Kumihimo braids will always look different if you add in fibers that are unexpected.
End caps can be purchased in various sizes. The largest one finished this necklace beautifully.
Nancy Donaldson is always finding simple but effective ways to use some of our newest products. This bracelet incorporates several wonderful items from the Dazzle-it catalog.
This Fire and Ice Oval bead is the perfect focal item.
We have Faux Suede is so many colours. The red is particularly beautiful.
The suede is gathered and glued into the magnetic clasp. Nancy also used a little black wire to keep her lace tidy.
There is no way to look at this page and not say “oh how adorable!”
This is “Sweet Soutache Sadie” and with her Mom’s permission we have posted the gorgeous collection Nancy Donaldson designed for her.
Sadie’s original dress lacked any embellishment. There was no way Nancy could leave it unadorned. Out came her supply of Dazzle-it Soutache cord and some wood buttons. The results are adorable.
Soutache cord is beautiful embroidery element for clothing.
I think everyone was thrilled with this redesigned outfit!
Photos by Nancy Donaldson
Designer Nancy Donaldson is teaching herself how to work with Soutache cords. I gave her all the cord colours to play with and she sent me back these fabulous samples!
I love the combination of colours she choose for this first brooch. Green and orange soutache cord with the green Fire and Ice agate beads.
This brooch is a showstopper!
Yellow and purple soutache cord along with the yellow Fire and Ice Agate beads!
Nancy Donaldson created these faux suede lace bracelets with our new collection. The elegance of the featured knot is enhanced with a professionally finished magnetic clasp.
Red and navy lace was used. There are 14 colours to choose from.
Nancy used a little aluminum wire to ensure the lace stayed in place. All the ends were glued into the clasp.
You can see the aluminum wire is folded like a staple.
This is the glue-in magnetic tube clasp used. You can see the entire collection here.