Dragon Song Necklace Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Dragon scale beads create a magical look in this enchanting kumihimo necklace. Their pointed shapes add texture to a simple design and the color is truly wondrous. Learn how to make this mesmerizing necklace and add a Dragon Song to your style!
Step one: Cut a three-foot length of FireLine. Tie a stopper bead to the end of the strand. Wrap all but one foot of the FireLine onto a bobbin, leaving the end without the stopper bead exposed. Thread a needle onto the end of the thread.
Step two: Add 25 TOHO 11/0 bead rounds in matte raku teal/blue iris, 33 Czech glass 1.5x5mm crystal blue AB dragon scale beads and 25 more 11/0 seed beads to the strand. Repeat steps one and two seven more times.
Step three: Gather the ends of all eight strands and tie them together in an overhand knot. Add the kumi weight to the knot. Place this knot inside the hole of your kumihimo disc. Then, follow the instructions for setting up and braiding the kumihimo pattern in this Handy Tip. Start the braid without beads at first. Do this until you have about one quarter of an inch of braid without beads.
Step four: Start adding beads into the braid. For help braiding with beads see our Kumihimo Braiding with Beads Handy Tip. Once all the beads have been added, braid without beads for another quarter of an inch. Tie the ends off in an overhand knot and trim.
Step five: Use E6000 to secure the end of the kumihimo braid into a JBB 5mm silver-plated brass leaves swivel end cap. Allow to dry.
Step six: Cut a four-inch length of 4mm silver-plated rolo chain. Attach it to the end cap using a 925/10 silver-filled 5mm 18 gauge open jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Attach half of the 6mm silver-plated round magnetic clasp to the end of the chain using a sterling silver 5.85mm open jump ring. Repeat step five and size on the other end of the necklace.
Tools & Supplies: The BeadSmith Smoke Gray FireLine - 50 Yards (8lb Test) (FL08SG50)
The BeadSmith Kumihimo Mini Thick Round Foam Disk (TOOL-0212)
The BeadSmith Kumi Weight Lite with Hook (SUP-0240)
The BeadSmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole (SUP-0051, qty 8)
E6000 Glue 1oz Tube - Medium/Clear (E6000-01)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Beadalon Stainless Steel Rigid Beading Needles Size 10 (6 Pack) (SUP-0059)
List of Components: Czech Glass 1.5x5mm Crystal Blue AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack) (BEADS-1301, qty 2)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Raku Teal/Blue Iris (TBRD11-706, qty 1)
JBB 5mm Silver-Plated Brass Leaves Swivel End Cap (FIND-0798, qty 2)
4mm Silver-Plated Rolo Chain By the Foot (BTF-0641, qty 1)
6mm Silver-Plated Round Magnetic Clasp (CLASP-0559, qty 1)
925/10 Silver-Filled 5mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge (FIND-0685, qty 2)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .230 inches (0.75 x 5.85mm) (SS-OJR30-G, qty 2)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Raku Teal/Blue Iris (TBRD11-706)
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Leaves End Cap (FIND-0870)
Czech Glass 1.5x5mm Crystal Golden AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack) (BEADS-1299)
Czech Glass 1.5x5mm Crystal Graphite AB Dragon Scale Bead (10 gram pack) (BEADS-1300)