Cotton Wax Cord Kumihimo Bracelet

This kumihimo braided bracelet features small wooden beads and our new cotton wax cord.

The cotton wax cord is available in four different sizes.   (I used three sizes of the neon pink.)

For my eight strand classic braid I made one addition by loading pink beads onto one of the cords. 

I braided as I normally would, being careful to insert a pink bead each time I moved that special pre-beaded cord. 

Isn’t this great?  You can create so many looks with the addition of just one strand of beads. 

 

Dazzle-it Cotton Wax Cord is available in 1mm, 1.5 mm 2,mm and 3mm.

 

Kumihimo With Unique Fibers and Swarovski Starfish

This kumihimo bracelet is for that person who feels bigger is better!

You can always make a thinner braid on the kumihimo disk.  What this post is going to show you is that you can also make braids that are super thick too.

This unique (possibly vintage) braided cord was most likely used in the home decoration world.

Combining it with a classic gold rattail from our collection made this disk set up, one of the most unusual ones to date.  You can see that I was careful placing the thick braid into the slots.  By the end of my project the slots were still great and I did not do any damage to the disk.

This braid is so special!  The way the fibers were placed in the disk resulted in this shape.  The classic 8-strand braid pattern is what was used.

The biggest end cap in the Dazzle-it catalog is 12mm.  It fit on my braid because I placed it over the thinner sections.

The addition of these Swarovski Elements starfish made the bracelet special.

The starfish pendants were attached with jump rings to the exposed rattail cord.

The Dazzle-it Website has the complete catalog online.  You can also read more about our kumihimo line here.

 

Kumihimo Double Wrap Bracelet

My new wrap bracelet makes me smile as soon as I view our semi-precious gemstone laughing buddha bead.

Our Dazzle-it kumihimo disk, bobbins and rattail are in Michaels and I wanted to encourage you to take a peak at all the other fibers you can find in the store to use in our disk too.

To make a simple, but very beautiful eight strand kumihimo braid, you need the following.

1.  Our kumihimo disk.  It comes with instructions and you will find many many videos, how-tos and advice online as well.

2. A selection of interesting fibers.  Our classic rattail is perfect for braiding, but you can try other fibers too.  Just be gentle loading them into the foam disk slots.

3.  To “tie off” an end before cutting your braid to size, you need a good thread.

4.  Depending on how you want to finish a braid, these classic closures are ideal.

5.  Endcaps are available in many sizes and shapes.  These are my favorite and you simply glue them onto your braid.

6.  Jump rings to attach your closures.

7.  My laughing buddha bead has been wired so I can use it as a dangle.

My double wrap looks so pretty!

Our kumihimo disks and accessories are in Michaels.

Here is a closer look at a glued in place endcap.

What Else Can You Do With Kumihimo Braid?

I have started to use my kumihimo braids for different types of projects.  This is my first kumihimo brooch.

This braid was already a finished necklace.  It was longer than I liked, so I was about to shorten it when I decided to try something different instead.

I cut away the endcaps after I tied off the ends.  Then I dipped these ends in a little Quik Grip glue.

I then sewed the braid into a circle and whip stitched a little bit of felt across the back to finish it.  It is the sweetest brooch now!

I use my Dazzle-it kumihimo disk at least once a week.  It is amazing that such a simple and inexpensive tool can be used to create so many different braids.

The center bead is from our semi-precious strand.

Kumihimo Jewelry

This kumihimo necklace and bracelet was created with a combination of stringing materials.

I used our classic kumihimo rattail, our Lovely Knots cord and some home dec embellished strands normally used for pillow making.

You can create a kumihimo braid with so many unusual fibers.

If you make a long enough braid you can make sets of jewelry.

These unique hook and eye end caps make finishing your edges super quick.  Just glue in your kumihimo braid and wear!

The end caps are also available in gold and gunmetal.

My Instant Glam Tuscany bezel by Fernando DaSilva is now beautifully showcased on this “designed to match” kumihimo braid.

Thick Kumihimo Braids

This new choker kumihimo braid is so lovely it does not require the addition of a pendant.

I used Dazzle-it rattail and cotton waxed cord for the main colours.  The super thick pink and brown braid I bought in a fabric store…it is meant to be used for curtain tie-backs.

Because the finished braid was so thick, I only partially inserted into the kumihimo disk slits.

The reason I wanted to make a thick braid was because we have extra large end caps sets.

 

I added a little Quick Grip glue to my braid edges and inserted them into the end cap where they dried perfectly in place.  Kumihimo braids can be made with so many different types of fibers.  There are many samples already on this blog in the KUMIHIMO category.