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 and Aluminum Chain

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.

 

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.

Dazzle-it Kumihimo in Michaels

I was in my local Michaels craft store yesterday and noticed that a few of our rattail colours for kumihimo were sold out.

It reminded me that I could show you how to use a combination of fibers to make a gorgeous kumihimo braid.  As long as you have our Dazzle-it Kumihimo disk, you can create unique braids all the time.  You can see here that I did use our pink rattail, but I also added in some wool, beaded string and cotton cord.

The more you experiment, the better the braid!

This latest kumihimo braid needs no embellishment.  I am wearing it just as it is.