Vintage 50’s Necklace With A Kumihimo Twist

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 blog.dazzle-it.com 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.

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 Necklace with Aluminum Chain

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.

 

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.

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!

 

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.