Flowing Pond Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
It's fun incorporating different beads into kumihimo braids. Cynthia added three different kinds of beads in this bracelet: seed beads, fire-polished beads and gemstone chips. The result is a look full of texture and soothing color. See more ways to play with kumihimo in your jewelry-making projects in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: Learn how to get started setting up kumihimo projects with this video. Set up your kumihimo project with eight strands of The BeadSmith S-Lon bead cord in cream. String the following pattern onto each strand:
Five Miyuki 8/0 round seed beads in matte metallic green AB
Three 4mm fire-polished beads in stone green luster
A random pattern of 11 seed beads and amazonite loose gemstone chip beads
Three fire-polished beads
Five seed beads
Follow the instructions in this Handy Tip to create a kumihimo braid with beads.
Step two: Continue braiding until you have used all of your beads. Then, create a 1/2-inch section of braid without beads to finish your cord.
Step three: Glue a TierraCast 6mm tin oxide brass pagoda cord end to each end of your cord, as illustrated in the Handy Tip above. Attach the loop component of the toggle clasp set to one end using one jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Attach the bar component of the clasp set to the other end using at least two jump rings.
Tools & Supplies: The Beadsmith Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Disk with Instructions (TOOL-616) The BeadSmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Cream 77 yard Spool (SLON0007) The BeadSmith 1 7/8-Inch No Tangle Thread Bobbin with 3/8-Inch Hole (SUP-0051, qty 8) The BeadSmith Kumi Weight Lite with Hook (SUP-0240) KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Ivory (STRNG-0102) Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control .14oz (SUP-0542) Curved Blade Scissors (TOOL-122)
List of Components: Amazonite Loose Gemstone Chip Beads 100g Bag (R0977, qty 1) Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Matte Metallic Green AB 22g Vial (MR8-2008, qty 1) Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Stone Green Luster (100pc Pack) (FPS-LS-SGR4, qty 1) TierraCast 6mm Tin Oxide Brass Pagoda Cord End Toggle Clasp Set (TO-6813, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Aventurine Loose Gemstone Chip Beads 100g Bag (R0983) Miyuki 8/0 Round Seed Beads - Opaque Matte Black Rainbow 22g Vial (MR8-0401FR) Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Peridot Luster (100pc Pack) (FPS-LS-PER4) TierraCast 6mm Rhodium-Plated Brass Pagoda Cord End Toggle Clasp Set (RB-6813)