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Softness and Strength Bracelet

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Softness and Strength Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

The art of kumihimo allows you to be innovative in your jewelry-making and creative in the types of materials you incorporate into your designs. Designer Cheri used strands of SilverSilk to create this kumihimo masterpiece. The result is a bracelet sophisticatedly simple enough to be worn on any occasion and sturdy enough to stand the test of time.

Step one:
You will need eight 18-inch pieces of SilverSilk: four pieces of SilverSilk 3 needle round silver-plated copper knitted jewelry wire mesh, two pieces of SilverSilk 3 needle round copper-plated copper knitted jewelry wire mesh and two pieces of SilverSilk 3 needle round black-plated copper knitted jewelry wire mesh.

Step two:
Refer to our Getting Started with Kumihimo Handy Tip for detailed instructions on how to create a kumihimo braid. It will show you how to place the SilverSilk on the kumihimo disk and show you the movement of the strands. The steps outlined here will explain the exact placement of the different SilverSilk colors on the disk and any differences in working with SilverSilk as opposed to regular cording.

Step three:
Instead of knotting the SilverSilk pieces together at one end, run a needle and thread or a very fine gauge wire (we used 30 gauge) through the weave of each piece of SilverSilk to gather them up together. Then, wrap the thread or wire around all of them in a bundle. Knot the ends to secure.

Step four:
Place the different colors of SilverSilk on the kumihimo disk as follows: A strand of copper at position 1, a strand of silver at 8, another strand of silver at 9, a strand of black at 16, another strand of copper at 17, another strand of silver at 24, a strand of silver at 25 and a strand of black at 32.

Step five:
Braid the SilverSilk together in the manner described in the Handy Tip until your cord is approximately six inches long.

Step six:
Finish the ends of the cord in the same way you secured them in step three. Trim the excess SilverSilk tails on both ends of the cord.

Step seven:
Cut a 5-inch piece of 22 gauge wire. Thread an inch of the wire through the braid at one end of the cord, just below the wrap and twist it together to secure it onto the cord. String an antique silver-plated brass small Viking knitting end cap with wave design onto the end of the wire, to cover the wrapped ends. String a TierraCast copper antique 5mm faceted spacer on to the wire sticking out of the end cap.

Step eight:
Cut a length of antique silver-plated split ring cable chain approximately two inches long or 11 links. Attach the wire sticking out of the end cap to one end of the chain with a wrapped loop. For help creating a wrapped loop, see our Handy Tip. String a TierraCast copper Kenyan heishi spacer onto a 2-inch 22 gauge sterling silver head pin, followed by the Nunn Design antique copper-plated pewter faceted roundel bead and another Kenyan heishi spacer. Attach this dangle to the end of the chain by creating a wrapped loop.

Step nine:Repeat step seven for the other end of the cord. Cut a length of split ring cable chain approximately one inch long or five links. Attach one end of the chain to the wire with a wrapped loop. Attach a 12x6.5mm antique silver-plated trigger clasp to the end of the chain using a 5mm 18 gauge antique silver-plated open jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, see our Jump Ring Handy Tip Video.
Approximate Size: 7 Inches (Adjustable)
Estimated Time:2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
The Beadsmith Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Disk with Instructions (TOOL-616)
Ergonomic Side Cutter - Semi Flush (TOOL-128)
Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-125)
Round Nose Pliers with Ergonomic Handle (TOOL-612)
List of Components:
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Black-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh (BTF-0411, qty 3)
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Copper-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh (BTF-0414, qty 3)
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Silver-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh (BTF-0415, qty 6)
Sterling Silver Wire Round 30 Gauge HALF HARD - Approx. 1 troy oz (180ft) (SSWR30HH1, qty 1)
Antique Silver-Plated Brass Small Viking Knitting End cap with Wave Design (FIND-0202, qty 2)
925/10 Silver-Filled Wire Round 22 Gauge Half Hard - Approx. 1 troy oz (36ft) (STRNG-0008, qty 1)
Antique Silver-Plated Split Ring Cable Chain (SPACH24, qty 1)
12x6.5mm Antique Silver-Plated Trigger Clasp (SPA-CL02, qty 1)
TierraCast Copper Antique 5mm Faceted Spacer (CA-0423, qty 2)
TierraCast Copper Kenyan Heishi Spacer (CA-0405, qty 2)
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Faceted Roundel Bead (BEAD-2001, qty 1)
5mm Antique Silver-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge (FIND-0463, qty 1)
2-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-HP22, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
1.5mm Black Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool) (STRNG-0011)
1.5mm Espresso Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool) (STRNG-0010)
1.5mm Ivory Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool) (STRNG-0012)
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Squiggle End Cap (FIND-0876)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Black-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Black-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh
Code: BTF-0411
Diameter 2mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.82$1.64$1.47
Qty>
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Copper-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Copper-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh
Code: BTF-0414
Diameter 2mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.82$1.64$1.47
Qty>
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Silver-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh
SilverSilk 3 Needle Round Silver-Plated Copper Knitted Jewelry Wire Mesh
Code: BTF-0415
Diameter 2mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.82$1.64$1.47
Qty>
Sterling Silver Wire Round 30 Gauge HALF HARD - Approx. 1 troy oz (180ft)
Sterling Silver Wire Round 30 Gauge HALF HARD - Approx. 1 troy oz (180ft)
Code: SSWR30HH1
30 Gauge, 180 Feet (Approx) 
Price: $39.46
Qty>
Antique Silver-Plated Brass Small Viking Knitting End cap with Wave Design
Antique Silver-Plated Brass Small Viking Knitting End cap with Wave Design
Code: FIND-0202
Length 8-8.5mm, Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.98$2.68$2.43
Qty>
925/10 Silver-Filled Wire Round 22 Gauge Half Hard - Approx. 1 troy oz (36ft)
925/10 Silver-Filled Wire Round 22 Gauge Half Hard - Approx. 1 troy oz (36ft)
Code: STRNG-0008
Length Approx. 1 troy oz (36ft), Wire Gauge .644mm/22 gauge 
Sale Price: $19.85
Price: $26.47
Qty>
Antique Silver-Plated Split Ring Cable Chain
Antique Silver-Plated Split Ring Cable Chain
Code: SPACH24
Link 6mm x 4.5mm, Gauge 14 
1-56-1112+
$2.66$2.40$2.16
Qty>
12x6.5mm Antique Silver-Plated Trigger Clasp
12x6.5mm Antique Silver-Plated Trigger Clasp
Code: SPA-CL02
Length 12mm, Width 6.5mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.52$0.46$0.41
Qty>
TierraCast Copper Antique 5mm Faceted Spacer
TierraCast Copper Antique 5mm Faceted Spacer
Code: CA-0423
Length 3mm, Diameter 5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.23$0.21$0.19
Qty>
TierraCast Copper Kenyan Heishi Spacer
TierraCast Copper Kenyan Heishi Spacer
Code: CA-0405
Diameter 4mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.11$0.10$0.09
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Faceted Roundel Bead
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Faceted Roundel Bead
Code: BEAD-2001
Length 5mm, Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-910-1920+
$2.18$1.96$1.76
Qty>
5mm Antique Silver-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge
5mm Antique Silver-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge
Code: FIND-0463
Diameter 5mm, Opening Diameter 3mm, Wire Gauge 1mm/18 gauge 
Price: $0.05
Qty>
2-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
2-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
Code: SS-HP22
Length 2 inches, 22 Gauge 
1-2930-5960+
$0.58$0.52$0.48
Qty>

Alternate Components

1.5mm Black Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool)
1.5mm Black Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool)
Code: STRNG-0011
1-23-56+
$10.99$9.79$8.79
Qty>
1.5mm Espresso Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool)
1.5mm Espresso Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool)
Code: STRNG-0010
1-23-56+
$10.99$9.79$8.79
Qty>
1.5mm Ivory Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool)
1.5mm Ivory Satin Cord (100 -Yard Spool)
Code: STRNG-0012
1-23-56+
$10.99$9.69$8.69
Qty>
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Squiggle End Cap
6mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Squiggle End Cap
Code: FIND-0876
Inside Diameter 5.5mm, Length 8.5-9mm, Hole Size 2mm 
1-910-1920+
$2.28$2.06$1.86
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

The Beadsmith Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Disk with Instructions
The Beadsmith Kumihimo Round Braiding Foam Disk with Instructions
Code: TOOL-616
Diameter 6 Inches, Thickness 3/8 Inch 
1-56-1112+
$5.52$4.97$4.52
Qty>
Ergonomic Side Cutter - Semi Flush
Ergonomic Side Cutter - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-128
6 inches 
Price: $8.19
Qty>
Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers
Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-125
6 inches 
Price: $7.59
Qty>
Round Nose Pliers with Ergonomic Handle
Round Nose Pliers with Ergonomic Handle
Code: TOOL-612
Price: $55.99
Qty>



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