A Free Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet Design For You!
Kumihimo braiding with beads creates a quick bracelet with texture and dimension. With just a few supplies, you too could be wearing a kumihimo beaded bracelet design like this in no time (seriously), tonight, even!
Magatama 4x7mm beads (colors matte and metallic oil slick were used in this design)
Silk cord, size F, navy
8” of 20 gauge wire
If you want to learn how to make the clasp and cones seen in this design, check out the Wire Frames and Findings webinar, they’re all covered in there.
Step 1. Cut 8 lengths of cord, 3 times as long as your finished design. Thread one bead onto one length of thread then pass the thread back around through the bead, to create a “stop.”
Wind a few inches from this end of the cord, around a bobbin. Add a needle onto the other end of the cord; add your beads – I found, about 6” of beads is sufficient.
Repeat to fill all lengths of cord.
Tip: If your cords are long, and to help keep them from tangling, you can wind a bit more cording around the bobbin and even wind the beads into the bobbin.
Step 2. Gather the ends of your cords together and form an overhand knot. Pass the knot into the hole of the kumihimo disc (from the top down).
Looking at your disc as if it’s a clock, place a cord on each side of 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. Most discs have dots at these places to help with set up; place a thread on each side of the dots. Add the weight above the knot.
Step 3. Maintain tension (you may need to pull on the knot to keep the braid even while you get things started). Braid the cords around the disc in the following manner, keeping in mind, the number referenced indicates the slit to the left of the number:
Move the cord in 17 up to 31.
Move cord 1 to 14.
Rotate the disc clockwise, ¼ turn. Move cord 9 to 23.
Move thread 25 to 7.
Rotate the disc clockwise, ¼ turn and continue working the cords in the same manner with each 1/4 turn, always turning in the same direction. Continue braiding the cords until you have about ½ inch of braid.
Step 4. With your next move, bring a bead from the next cord in the pattern, up toward the opening of the disc and into the weave, tucked under the cord to the “west of the moving cord.”
Release the next cord in the pattern, slip a bead toward the center, tuck it under the cord to the “east” then complete the move, tucking the cord into it’s rightful slot.
Continue to work the cords in this manner, bringing a bead into the braid with each pass. Continue until you have a length of beaded braiding that suits your design. Once you have completed your beaded braid, braid about ½” without beads.
Step 5. Remove the braid from the disc. Knot all the cords together above where your braiding ended. Trim away the excess cording.
Step 6. Wrap a cord just a little above the beadwork and knot in place. Wrap the cord around the beadwork again and tie a knot. Apply a dab of adhesive and let cure.
Step 7. Using wire cutters, cut a 4” length of wire. Using round-nose pliers, form a coil in the end of a length of wire.
Place the coil over the end of the thread.
Compress the coil toward the cording.
Slip the cone over the straight end of the wire.
Form a wrapped loop with the straight end of the wire.
Repeat for the other end.
Step 8. Add a jumpring to one wrapped loop. Add a jumpring to the other wrapped loop and the loop in a clasp to finish.
Make this kumihimo-braided-beaded-bracelet design to suit your own style by changing up the color magatama beads, bead shape, or the metal color for your wire and findings, then please share images of your design with us here, at BeadingDaily.com.