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Once you have the basics down on how to create a Kumihimo braid you will more than likely want to try adding some beads to the braid. This involves a little more prep time before you get started but the results are well worth it. When planning your design, keep in mind that the finished results will differ depending on colors, size of beads and number of beaded strands. Also note that the size of stringing material will be determined by the hole size in the beads you want to use. Here we will show you how to create an 8 warp basic round Kumihimo braid using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands.
First determine the length of braid you want. As a general rule cut three times the desired length of stringing material. This should accommodate most designs, even with beads.
Next you will need to determine how many beads are needed. We are using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands. Refer to our chart on Kumihimo math.
Learn how to add a clasp to knotted pearl designs for a polished and professional design full of style. Knotting between pearls is a popular way to secure strands and incorporating the right clasp will add even more security. With this tutorial, you'll discover how to add a clasp in a seamless manner.
This cute little bunny will make an impression, whether it's used as a napkin ring for a special Easter dinner or placed elsewhere around the home. This bunny by Eri Attebery is a bit more complicated to make than some of the other designs on our website, but we've included step-by-step instructions with helpful pictures to guide you through the entire process.
- BrandBeadalon, FireLine, Swarovski
Whether you're looking for a first communion gift or a design for Easter Sunday, this simple necklace laced with sweet pink and white pearls is perfect. The warm golden touches add to its rich, elegant feel.
Find the core of your love in this simple but stunning necklace. This is so easy to make that even a beginner could make it for Mother's Day or another holiday!
- BrandSwarovski, TierraCast
Bead tips are great for use with silk and other bead stringing threads. We DO NOT recommend you use them on bracelets. Bracelets get much harder wear than a necklace, and the loop end of the bead tips are quite flexible and could come undone more easily on a bracelet.
These wrap bracelets continue to be popular. You can make them as long as you like or just one wrap around the wrist. You can use chain instead of beads for a different look or try bigger beads for a quick project. Find fun wrap bracelet inspiration in our Learning Center, like our Gaelic Weave Bracelet or Mommy and Me project, Dragonfly Roundup.
Kumihimo is a form of Japanese braiding using various types of stringing material, often combined with beads to make exceptional jewelry. The term Kumihimo in Japanese means the gathering of threads. This technique involves using different types of looms to achieve different types of braids. The possibilities are endless and can be customized to suit everybody, so find your Kumihimo supplies and get started!
When doing Kumihimo you will learn that using a different number of strands, as well as different colors, will change the overall look. Different types of stringing material can also change the look, as well as adding beads to all or some of the strands. Keep in mind that you may not want to use a stringing material that stretches.
In Kumihimo, each thread in one single "slit" is referred to as a warp. Here we will be using the round Kumihimo disk with 32 slits to create an 8 warp basic round braid. A good rule of thumb when measuring stringing material is to multiply the length you want by three. This will accommodate most designs unless you are using larger beads, in which case you may need to adjust the length. Once you have mastered the basic round braid, learn how to add beads to Kumihimo.
The wrapped loop is a staple of wire working. It is useful to finish earrings, make links for a chain, or dangle a pendant from a necklace. In this example we will demonstrate how to make a link for a bracelet like the Swarovski Bracelet with Sterling Silver Cross found in our ideas section. To make a wrapped loop you will need wire cutters, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.
Dramatic layers of chain and glittering Swarovski crystals in dark colors create a stunning display in this multi-strand necklace. The simple design is perfect for a night on the town, a day at the office or anywhere in between! To learn how to make the matching Megan's Vineyard Earrings, click here.
Peyote stitch rings are fun to make and comfortable to wear. With the uniform shape of the Delica beads, you can use the smallest size without difficulty. It's great to practice and they work up quickly. You could be wearing a new ring in less than a couple of hours. Let's get started. These rings are created using an even-count Peyote stitch in size 15 or 11 Delicas. The beads come in amazing mixes that are pleasing alone. A solid color looks cool too!
Bead caps are used to enhance the style of beads, either with one on one end or one on both ends of a bead. Bead caps can be used to showcase bigger beads within your designs or you can add them to dangles. They nest up nicely with beads to draw the eye to particular beads. Not only do they provide more decoration to your designs, but they can help break up color palettes and add complexity to a look. You can also layer them together to create all new styles. Here we have paired bead caps in different styles, sizes, and colors, with Swarovski pearls in different sizes to show you how bead caps can dramatically change the look of your piece. Don't forget to check out this Artbeads Cafe episode for more inspiration and help using bead caps.
When using a loom, the warp threads are the threads that actually attach to the loom and run up the length of it. The weft threads are the threads that you weave with. If you run out of weft thread, you can tie off what you have and add a new length of thread so that you can continue weaving. This tutorial will show you how to add more weft thread when you run out in the middle of a loomed project. You will also learn how to finish off the ends of the warp and weft threads when the design is complete. We run the needle through the bead with the eye of the needle in front so that the warp threads aren't split with the needle tip.
Dakota Stones gemstone beads are colorful options for your designs. We created this necklace design to show you how easy it is to play with colors when creating jewelry around a gemstone focal. We chose beads from the Artbeads Designer Series in neutral colors that make the gemstone colors really pop. This necklace is featured in the popular television program Beads, Baubles and Jewels.
- BrandTOHO, TierraCast, Artbeads, Swarovski, Dakota Stones
These fancy crimp end caps make an elegant finish for thicker stringing materials. They are best suited for satin cord and 2mm rubber cord. They are too big for jewelry wire and will not work with suede. These end caps work differently from other crimp ends and this tutorial will show you how to add these components to your designs.
Wire wrapping just got simpler with multi-sized looping pliers! With six different diameters, you can form your own earwires without having to change tools. Custom figure eight links, S hook clasps, bails for pendants that are a difficult fit and jump rings in a multitude of sizes are easy to make of any kind of wire. Here we have some examples in sterling. Do experiment with craft wire first! Once you have a pair of these and some wire on hand, there will be no late night frustration of not having just the thing to finish your latest creation!
The length of wire to use will be determined by the size earwire you plan to make. We suggest experimenting with craft wire first.
End caps and crimp ends can provide professional looking results to your jewelry pieces. As indicated by the name, they are most often used to finish the ends of jewelry. We have expanded our selection of end caps and crimp ends to accommodate your every need. We have a large assortment to choose from and here we will show you some tips on how to use the different styles in your jewelry.
Embellish your seed bead bezels even further with fringe! This technique is a great way to add dangling beauty to your pendants. Start out with a pendant embellished with a two-seed-bead backstitch and a finish with a beaded edge using the brick technique.
To create a crocheted bracelet, you'll need:
- Fine crochet thread in size 20
- A thin beading needle for stringing beads
- A No. 4 1.25mm Tulip Bead Crochet Hook
- 1-2 8g bags of size 8/0 TOHO seed beads (depending on your wrist size)
- 24 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire or two Headpins
- 2 jewelry cones or bead caps approximately 9.5mm in width
For this tutorial, we used yarn and pony beads to create a pattern with three colors so that everything is easy to see. You may want to practice with pony beads and a large crochet hook as well until you become familiar with the stitch.Once you've learned the technique, try making different patterns with our PDF Pattern Diagrams. You can try our Cottage Clematis Pattern or the Queen Bee Pattern. Take a look at our Related below the instructions for full step-by-step instructions and supplies lists for these beaded crochet rope patterns and more.
Ribbon bezels offer a decorative way to create settings for stones and cabochons. The ends can be soldered together or wire wrapped together to form the settings. The instructions below describe how to wire wrap the ribbon bezel to form a setting. Follow these helpful instructions to use brass ribbon settings to add a touch of beautiful class to your designs.
Like the futuristic fashionista herself, these Judy Jetson earrings are a cosmic gem! With cool spiral shapes that capture bright neon pearls they will instantly add a pop of color and dimension to your style.
The twisted herringbone stitch is a great way to add dimension to your projects. These instructions will show you how this stitch is done! As you can see, the pattern of the beads will affect how the bracelet looks when finished. Both bracelets feature the Southwest Sunset Designer Seed Bead Blend, but look very different because of the way the beads are added. When you line up the colors by columns, as we do in our example, it creates a look of spiraling stripes. Adding the beads at random also creates an interesting effect.
This beautiful necklace features Swarovski crystal pearls in the enchanting Iridescent Green color. This swanky style statement will dress up any look and it's the perfect accent for holiday wear! Add it to your Christmas or New Year's Eve wardrobe or use it as a sophisticated accent on any night out.
- BrandSwarovski, Artbeads
Knotting is traditionally used to protect pearls from rubbing against each other and to keep them from flying everywhere if the strand breaks. It also makes for an interesting design element. Knotting can be done with almost any type of bead in a thread that matches the color of your beads, or a contrasting color.
You will need a stringing material, tweezers, and pearls. We recommend that you start with a practice project that won't cost much if you make a mistake. Learn an easy way to begin and finish your strand with a bead tip by visiting our tutorial about how to use a closed-loop bead tip. You can also learn the traditional way of knotting with a clasp by visiting this tutorial.