This tiered necklace is a collection of different strands.
It began with two unfinished Fernando DaSilva braids.
Fernando DaSilva is our Product Development & Creative Manager. He makes so many samples! I could just follow him around picking up leftovers. These two pieces he whipped up and didn’t have time to finish, so I swooped them up!
The green and black beaded braid was too small for a necklace and too big for a bracelet, so I decided to incorporate it into a tiered necklace. I made one extra 8-strand kumihimo braid to pull my idea together. The Dazzle-it rattail colour selection is so great! I can usually match any colour palette.
I have shown you many time how easy it is to finish a kumihimo braid with our end caps and Quick Grip glue.
My braid simply frames Fernando’s beautifully beaded sample.
I then added the gold chain to complete the project. Wait till you see what I am making with the second sample! I’ll post it next week!
Agate slabs or slices are a wonderful addition to a summer necklace. These semi precious slices are available in many colours and ordinarily feature a pre drilled hole making them easy to add to a project.
My kumihimo braid features two of our Dazzle-it rattail colours and sea blue cotton wax cord.
I used the classic eight strand braiding technique that you receive with our Dazzle-it Disk instructions.
When you make a braid you will find it very helpful if you add a weight to the end. It will help pull and keep your braid tight and straight while you work.
My finished braid looks wonderful!
I finished the ends with our Kumihimo endcaps.
I added a simple gold chain to lengthen my cord and this became ready to wear!
I wanted to share with you a tip for working with the waxed cotton cords and the flat braid.
The waxed cotton cord creates a much more open weave, so it is more likely to unravel when cut.
I attach a good double sided tape to my flat braid before I cut my cords. That give me a good strong edge to place in the ribbon end cap. If I had used glue, it may have stained the cord and become visible.
I taped the edges for both of these projects!
Here is a link to one of my favorite flat braids.
Come·up·pance - A punishment or retribution that one deserves;
one's just deserts.
John Bead friends…I have been cut down a notch. The kumihimo gods did not smile on my first attempt to impress you with a jeweled strand. I had to remind myself that you don’t learn an ancient art form in a day, or a week. Yesterday I produced a beautifully knotted necklace. I had pulled out some glass beads that I thought would look great in the design.
I congratulated myself for thinking up a way to make adding the beads to my rattail easier. (a little tape on the end did the trick)
Since I didn’t have any instructions I went online to see what I could learn about adding beads. Kumihimo experts all say “drop in the bead” which is a little trickier than I thought. Perhaps I should have started with a smaller bead.
Disaster! This looks as bad in person as it does on the screen!
So I went back to the drawing board. I worked slower. I tried not to stress when I “dropped in a bead.”
Better. I still missed a few spots…not being sure when to drop in a bead.
Here is a rope I feel a lot better showing you. I am going to try this a few more times before I move to a flat braid next! Oh, and my book order has arrived and I now have plenty of reference material!