Vintage 50’s Necklace With A Kumihimo Twist



Designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles et Cetera Winter 2016 Issue. This is the English translation of the step by step that appeared in French in the current issue of the Magazine.

Kumihimo Kumihimo

This simple kumihimo disk has become the most loved tool in my studio. Made of foam, it is surprisingly sturdy. Kumihimo is an ancient braiding technique. Today, the classic 8-strand braid is easy to create with a variety of stringing materials. Most kumihimo disks come with instructions for this braid. Rattail is usually included because it the most common string used by kumihimo designers. It braids easily and is available in a wide selection of colours and several thicknesses.


I love the 8-strand braid and have tested it with virtually every stringing material I have in my stash.   Thick and thin lengths of cording combine to create the most elegant braids. They look complicated and unique. This really appeals to me as a designer.


To create the three tiered necklace I set up three completely different braids. My disk looked different each time. For one braid I used Neo Chain and classic kumihimo polyester rattail.


My second braid features several different thicknesses of cotton wax cord.


The third braid is especially unique with one extra thick piece of Nappa leather cord, soutache cord, cotton wax cord and rattail.


The color palette for these braids was influenced by the announcement of the 2016 Pantone Color of the year. This is the first time they have selected two colours; Rose Quartz and Serenity.


2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year.


I glued my three braids into a special large kumihimo end cap. I made sure to let this cure overnight before adding my lobster clasp in order to ensure that the three braids were permanently in place.


I think the necklace looks lovely on it’s own. The chain I added to one of the braids adds a tiny bit of glitter.


However, what is life without a little extra embellishment? As a jewelry lover I also have quite a few of these vintage brooches in my collection.


I added this over the top rhinestone brooch and felt quite satisfied with the final necklace. The brooch is in place with just its pin back, so it is easy to remove, replace or switch out for a different color.


Here is how the necklace appears in the current issue of Perles Et Cetera.

Products Used from John Bead Corp.

Kumihimo Circle Disk

Dazzle-it Rattail

Dazzle-it Cotton Wax Cord

Metal Complex Napa Leather

Kumihimo End Cap #23820105-01

Lobster Claw

Quick Grip Glue

More Information

If you go to you will see over sixty posts I have written featuring kumihimo.

If you would like to see a video demonstrating the classic 8-strand technique go to this link.

Shades of Gray – Dazzle-it Leather Cord Kumihimo

Creating a kumihimo necklace with leather cord is just a joy!  My braid is so unique and I can see myself wearing this unadorned and perhaps later with a pendant.

I used our Dazzle-it kumihimo disk to create my braid.

The new collection of genuine leather cord includes metallics, so I used the silver and grey in various sizes to create my necklace.

Here is a closer look at all my cords.

I didn’t waste one bit of my braid.  I had a few extra inches of braid which I used to make this necklace.

Twenty Four colours to choose from in three sizes!


World Cup Jewelry


Are you ready to support a team this summer in our two big world cup series?  I am making jewelry for friends and family with our Metal Complex handmade bezels.

These are handmade bezels which are available in brass, silver and antique brass.

I am finding team logos online and printing them onto paper.  I am not selling this jewelry, it is for personal use only.  I am locating the team logos for fans of specific countries.

I am placing my images into the bezels and the simply pouring in Jewelry Resin.  We have lots of Jewelry resin how-to posts on the blog under the sidebar title “resin.”  The paper images need to be sealed and the resin is mixed according to the package directions.

I used my kumihimo disk to make a colour coordinated braid for one necklace.

I plan on making more braids to match country flags.

I also used our Faux Suede lace to make a simple necklace for a more manly look.

Our whole line of fun products for a summer of soccer fever is linked online.

Warped Elegance – A Fernando’s Atelier Necklace

This is another of the wonderful samples you can see in person the John Bead showroom.

The agate slabs are beautifully showcased!

Design title: Warped Elegance Necklace

Mood: Summertime, wedding on a beach, art exhibition opening

Skill level: Intermediate

Duration: Aprox. 2 ½ hours


4 4mm dark indigo bicone crystal beads by Swarovski Elements

2 6mm dark indigo bicone crystal beads by Swarovski Elements

22 ss12 denim blue flat back chatons by Swarovski Elements

12 ss16 denim blue flat backs chatons by Swarovski Elements

17x7mm glass red azuro peacock daggers

4 hexagon black azuro peacock beads

two teal blue agate slabs pendants

two 29mm plain silver 24ga star blanks by Metal Complex™

two gunmetal clover crimp ends

4 silver-plated wire guardians

4 silver-plated crimp tubes

4 silver-plated 4mm sparkle crimp covers

1ft 7strands .015’ blue Beadalon® stringing wire

1 ft 1mm clear stretching cord Elasticity

4 silver-plated 8mm round jump rings

1 set of gold-plated Kumihimo findings

ft of 1.5mm white Dazzle It™ rattail cord

ft of 3 mm red/blue Dazzle It™ rattail cord

E6000 glue

GS hypo cement


Metal Complex™  hole punch,  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose


1. Follow the package instructions to create a 18 inches Kumihimo braided necklace using 1.5mm white and 3mm red rattail cords by our Dazzle It™ line.

2. Use gel glue to secure gold-plated Kumihimo tube ends finishing off with antique gold-plated set of toggle. Set necklace aside.

3.  Cut a 5-inch piece of stringing wire.  String a crimp tube followed by a wire guardian and then back through tube. Crimp tube using standard crimp tool and then cover it using a crimp cover, and then trim short end of wire.

4. String components onto stringing wire as follow:

3mm bicone, hexagon peacock, 6mm bicone, peacock hexagon, 3mm bicone

Finish this section on same fashion done on the opposite end. Create a second beaded section like this and set them aside.

5.  Open a 6mm jump ring and then attach to hole of one agate slice followed by a beaded section done on steps 3-4, and then close jump ring gently. Repeat with second agate slice and set them aside.

6.  Use punch hole pliers to create a hole at the far end of one of the points of a silver star blank making sure the hole is centered. You can use a sharper pen to create a dot so pliers can be placed right on top of it.  (use our picture as guidance)

Repeat the same to punch second star blank.

7. Randomly place small dots of gel glue on top of star blank and then begin gluing crystal flat backs immediately after. You can glue ss16 stones in the center and use small stones to ornate the points of the star.

Cover surface of second star on same fashion and set aside.

8. Find the center of your braided necklace, and then fold a four inches piece of red rattail. Pass it over braided section and then passes both ends over its circle and pull both ends down, leaving one cord ends smaller than the other.

9. Slide one of the tips of the cord ends to crimp cord making sure loop is facing outside end of cord. Gently squeeze the sections of back tube of crimp end using flat tip end of standard crimp tool. Trim any excess of rattail cord flush with squeezed section.

10. Open a jump ring and then attach to one agate dangle made on step 5 and then close it gently. Repeat the same to add second agate dangle to other end of rattail cord.

11. Place a double overhand knot at far end of a 10 inches length of a Elasticity cord. Begin feeding 80 red azuro dagger beads onto the cord.

12. Wrap one of the ends of stretching cord 3-inch away from center of necklace (use dangle as your start point). Place a tight double knot around this section, and then start wrapping daggers and stretching the cord to create exposed spaces throughout the area but still leaving the Kumihimo visible.

13. Add a dab of stringing glue on top of each knot placed on each end of stretching cord. Let it sit for few minutes and then trim excess.

14. Open a jump ring and attach one start through wire guardian loop on the bottom of each final ends of beaded section of agate dangle.

Designer’s tip:

* You can edit this design incorporating only the agate slices dangles to its middle section.

* Or you can also cover the entire braided necklace with stretched dagger  strands or reduce it to only middle section without agate slices.

* For ultra glamorous look try a black and silver Kumihimo version covered only by metallic daggers from end to end. That will provide you a strong subtle version of the design with a dramatic allure.

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published.  For those of you who can’t visit in person we will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call: Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 

A Closer Look At Fernando’s Gold Winery Necklace

This necklace is featured on our new banner (with matching earring) to celebrate the launch of our new line of faux suede tassels.  Fernando named it “The Gold Winery.”

He  carefully selected with our team: pre-made suede tassels, pre-made chain tassels, fantastic laser cut filigree hand assembled fancy chain and one of the best clasps on the market right now…exclusive to Metal Complex.  I’ll give you a link to each!

The faux suede tassels are easy to see here.

The chain tassels are here.

The new fancy chain with filigree leaves is here.

Both tassel collections work beautifully together.  Let’s not forget the gorgeous kumihimo braid Fernando used as a foundation for this necklace.  His rattail colours are divine.

We have an exclusive new collection of glue in end caps as well.  This hook and eye style will be perfect for your kumihimo and other stringing projects.

 I am planning dozens of different ways to use these tassels!

Leather Kumihimo and Instant Glam Arrow

I have designed many kumihimo braids this year using different stringing materials and fibers.  My husband is always quite interested in the results and it occurred to me that I should try and make a kumihimo braid that he might wear.

This braid uses lots of different leathers and our traditional black rattail.

 When I set up my kumihimo disk I knew that two of the leathers were going to be too thick for the slots….but surprising, by just placing them on the edge of the disk they stayed securely in place during the braiding.

I used black suede lace, black braided bolo cord, 1mm leather cord, 1.5mm black rattail and black glossy fish leather for this project.

 John Bead has new and extra large end caps.  My braid was very thick and these new caps finished the ends beautifully.  Quick Grip glue was used to attachment the leather braid to the end cap.

I made a photocopy of my Instant Glam Arrow bezel so that I could cut a piece of fish leather which would fit this unique shape.  I then used Quick Grip again to glue my fish leather to my bezel.

These pewter toggles really look amazing.  They are a great weight and I felt like they gave my finished necklace a “manly” feel.

Here is a closer look at this nautical themed set.

My leather kumihimo and Instant Glam necklace is ready to wear!

Kumihimo Glamour Belt By Fernando DaSilva

What a pleasure it is for me to post this piece today.  I am going to use a word I have never typed on this blog before:  BELT!

Leave it to Fernando DaSilva to create a belt that would steal the thunder of any outfit you wore it with.

He combined so many of the techniques I love.  Kumihimo braids make the main body of belt and their ends are beautifully finished in one of our new end caps.  The double oval link chain looks gorgeous with the addition of glass beads cascading like grapes on the vine.  I am inspired to make a kumihimo braid that I can use for a belt too!

What Fernando Used

New silver smooth kumihimo end cap.


Metallic Silver Ori Crystal Donuts available in 6 x 8 nor 8 x 10

Fire Polished Diamond Shaped

Oval Parallel Chain

And finally, a combination of 2mm and 3mm Green Rattail.

End Cap and Bail Featured Stunner!

There are moments when I review new projects submitted by Fernando Dasilva where I just hold my breath.  This stunning necklaces is indeed a showstopper!

Fernando wanted to showcase our new end caps.  This is the first time I have ever seen a three tiered kumihimo strand necklace.

The new oval gold endcap made it possible to connect three strands so beautifully.

The new kumihimo butterfly bail steals the show however!  The pearls and extra butterfly charms are now dangling in just the right spots.

These bail sliders also help create the tiered charms in place.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration today!