Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kumihimo Bracelet Deconstructed...

Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400

I love what ifs… as possible alternatives, variations and ways to play around with designs. So what would the bracelet look like if the position of the cords holding beads was changed…  The top bracelet is done with even spacing between the beads, the bottom one is done with a stacked beads positioning creating a wider spiral space between the beads. The actual braid on the bottom one can be seen more clearly. 

This option is now on the PDF instructions for the Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas and C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400. If you got your earlier, just pop me an email and I will send you the additional page, or better yet get a new Cord, Bead & Clasp Pack to make another bracelet with this new option. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kumihimo Bracelets with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

At shows I often demo braid samples on Kumihimo disks. Lately one of the finished braided sample turned into a bracelet has attracted lots of attention with many asking for a kit. VoilĂ , a new kit is born.

Well, not so fast, it took a bit more experimenting, to iron all the wrinkles out of the process and several test bracelets later a final version was done. It is better than the original bracelet in my opinion. So yes you can get there without all my experimenting and get a great result on the first try. That's the beauty of a kit, you get all the materials in one spot and bypass the trial and errors. -> Kits

Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Bead, Cord & Clasp Pack

The cords in the Bead, Cord & Clasp Packs are pre-cut and ready to be inserted in the slots in the kumihimo disk for your convenience. All of this will make this project easy even if it is your first kumihimo project.

This kumihimo bracelet is an original rendition of a kumihimo done with Long Magatama beads from Miyuki. These beads have been often associated with beaded kumihimo. So what's original about this one?

The C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400 braid can be peaked in between the Long Magatamas, giving the beads a fabulous color background.

A central core is used, so the bracelet will remain the same length for the lifetime of the bracelet.

This project comes in many colors - Bracelet can be stacked or worn in combination with other types of bracelets.

Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

With the Bead, Cord & Clasp Pack you get the complimentary PDF instructions sent by email. The manual is 12 pages long with over 30 large pictures. It is a step by step instruction with pictures like the ones below showing each step. It includes instructions on how to set up your cords on the K-Disk, how to load the Long Magatamas, how to braid, how to braid with beads, how to remove your project from the K-Disk, and how to prepare the ends for the clasp and how to finish the project. It has a what if? section, plus the standard women's bracelet length and how to care for the bracelet. Plus it has the braiding mantras… whatever else would you need, right.

Kumihimo Braiding Steps
Left Up

Kumihimo Braiding Steps
Right Down

Kumihimo Braiding Steps
And Turn

That's the Kumihimo Mantra!

Tool Bags designed for this project are also available. They include: a Mini K-Disk, 8 EZ-Bobs, a Weighted EZ-Bob, a Mini-Clamp, and a Big Eye Needle. The PDF manual is available by itself if you already have all the material and tools on hand.

Kumihimo Supplies

These bags makes it easy for you to take your project on the go, then you can braid in the car, on a plane, on the beach or watching for your favorite TV show. 

Watch out it is addictive - and hey you can make gifts and a bracelet in every color available!