Friday, July 14, 2017

8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid with Hearts and Metallic Accents Tutorial


8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid with Hearts and Metallic Accents Free Tutorial


These bracelets made with a flat braid can be done on a round kumihimo disk or a square plate. The flat braid is easy to learn and the movements of the cords become instinctual quickly. Four variations of this 8-strand flat braid are shown on page 68 in Braids, 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru & Beyond, by Rodrick Owen, but none of the variations have the heart motif shown here. In this tutorial, this braid is done on a round disk, but instructions for the square plate will be forthcoming in a future post.


8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid with Hearts and Metallic Accents Tutorial


These bracelets can be worn singly or stacked. They are light and comfortable to wear. When stacked the magnetic clasps either attract or repel each other depending on the direction of their magnets, so take advantage of this property to stack them closely. Wear these bracelets triple stacked as shown on the top picture. 

Tutorial

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If you want to share the content with others, always refer to this original post... and visit  Marion Jewels in Fiber online store for supplies. Thank you! - Marion

Materials
or Metallic Cord with Fine Finish  - 20 yard (13.50 m)
C-Lon Micro Cord - 1 yard (0.9 m) cut in 1/2 into 2 lengths of 18 inches (45 cm)
Magnetic Clasps with 6.2mm inner diameter



Materials for Flat Kumihimo Braid



The tutorial shown below is made with Black Rayon Satin #2,  Silver Shiny Metallic Cord, and a 6.2 mm Black Oxide Magnetic End Clasp. These materials are available by following the links in the material list.



Tools for Flat Kumihimo Braid



Tools & Adhesives
4 inch Kumihimo Mini Disk
2 Mini-Clamps
2 EZ-Bobs (optional)
1 Paperclip
1 Weighted EZBob
Scissors
Micro Tip Pruning Snip or Shears
Pliers
Poly Zap Super Glue

All these tools can be found in Tools for Kumihimo, Tools, and the glue in Adhesives



Step by Step

"Cord" refers to an individual cord or a strand - a group of cords is treated as a unit, as in the metallic strand. 

Set Up the Braid

8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

1. Cut 3 lengths of Rayon Satin #2 or 2 mm Nylon Satin, 1 yard each. Fold in half and insert into the paperclip. 

8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

2. Cut the Metallic Cord into 1 yard lengths, keeping them together as a strand. Fold at the center and add to the paperclip. Add mini-clamps at each end or roll the ends into the EZ-Bobs to keep the cords from intermingling.


8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

3. Tie several half hitches 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the paperclip with C-Lon Micro Cord


8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial


4. Pull the paperclip through K-disk, the weighted EZ-Bob, and secure the paperclip with a mini-clamp. 



8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial


5. Place the cords and strands in the slots on each side of the black dots. The heart pattern is created by placing the metallic strands in the slots above dots #24 and #8. 


Braiding Steps

8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Left cord by #32 to slot below the 2 cords by #8


8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Right cord by #32 to slot below the 2 cords by #24 

Now 3 cords are on each side and 2 cords are by dot #16


8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Left cord by #16 to slot above the 3 cords by #8


8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Right cord by #16 to slot above the 3 cords by #24

Now 4 cords are on each side

8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Right cord above dot #8 to slot right of dot #16

8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Left cord above dot #24 to slot left of dot #16

Now 3 cords are on each side and 2 cords are by dot #16

8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Right cord below dot #8 to slot right of dot #32


8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Left cord below dot #24 to slot left of dot #32


8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Reposition the side cords to the closest slots on each side of #8 & #24


8-Stand Flat Kumihimo Braid Free Tutorial

Now all the cords are in the slots on each side of black dots.
The metallic strands are now on each side of dot #16. 


Braiding Mantra
Top down
Bottom up
Center up
Reposition

Here is the Mantra shown in a repetition of Move 1-8 plus Reposition. 

8 strand flat kumihimo braid tutorial

Note: Move the left cord 1st

8 strand flat kumihimo braid tutorial

Note: Move the left cord 1st

8 strand flat kumihimo braid tutorial


8 strand flat kumihimo braid tutorial


8 strand flat kumihimo braid tutorial



The cords are bacl to the same postion as before Move 1.
To continue, repeat the Mantra or go back through Move 1-8 and Repositioning. 

Kumihimo Flat Braid DIY Tutorial

Turn the disk over often and check the progress of the braid. 



Tips
- Keep your tension even - I prefer mine on the loose side for this braid.
- Hold the flat braid on the back end of the disk with your left hand, braid with your right hand.



Kumihimo Flat Braid DIY Tutorial

Repeat these steps until you have braided the cord to the desired length. Remove the cords from the disk while holding the braid with your left hand. With 18 inches (45 cm) of C-Lon Micro Cord, tie several half hitches right at the end of the braid.

The End Clasps


Kumihimo Flat Braid DIY Tutorial

1. Prepare the part you just finished braiding - Wrap the cord ends in a corkscrew fashion with the Micro Cord. Do it very tightly but keep some space between the wraps. Wrap around 1 inch (2.5 cm). End the wrap with a few half hitches. For the end with the paperclip - Cut the cords first, then wrap the cord ends in a corkscrew fashion. 


Kumihimo Flat Braid DIY Tutorial

2. Add a few drops of Poly Zap Superglue over the wrapped parts. Let the glue dry. Cut the ends with the snip or shears leaving 3/8 “ (1 cm) of wrapped cords. Check the fit. Round the braid with pliers if needed. Dab a drop of glue on the end clasp and insert. Let dry. 



Kumihimo Flat Braid Bracelet




Design Options

Kumihimo Flat Braid Bracelet


Peyote Sleeves
Add a Peyote Bead Sleeve over the magnetic clasp. Go the tutorials HERE and get the materials HERE.

Extra Colors
Add an extra color for the center of the braid as shown above. Grey Satin was used for the two satin cords by dot #16. This way the satin color at the center of the braid is different than the color on the sides.

8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid with Hearts and Metallic Accents Tutorial

Compare Materials 

2 mm Nylon Satin: Shown on left. It has a bit more sheen than the Rayon Satin. It is strong and durable and devoid of the annoying little thread that sometimes stick out of the rayon satin. 

Rayon Nylon Satin #2: Shown at center. Beautiful sheen. Needs to be treated nicely. Harder to clean than nylon. Little threads stick out sometimes.

2 mm Chinese Knotting Cord: Shown on right. Matte. Textured. Strong and durable. Easy to wash. 

Enjoy this tutorial. Happy Summer! - Marion

8-Strand Flat Kumihimo Braid with Hearts and Metallic Accents Tutorial



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