Sea Siren Kumihimo Bracelet

PROJECT B2391
Designer: Kat Silvia
Skill Level: Intermediate
A focal of Swarovski Crystal Bicone beads in a deep sea color palette add a spiral of sparkle to this beaded Kumihimo bracelet.
Instructions
These instructions will give you a 6.5" inch bracelet around a mandrel. To modify the length, adjust the length of the braided portion accordingly by adding or subtracting additional seed beads to each strand and each side. Note: You will also need some tape and a toothpick or scrap of wire for this project.
  1. Please watch our video: How to Braid Beaded Kumihimo and Make a Bracelet. In this video you will learn how to do a 8 Strand Kumihimo Bracelet. From what you learned in the video you will cut 8 strands 4 feet in length each.
  2. Gather all 8 cord ends and tie a simple overhand knot tying them all together. Holding the board facing up, thread this knot through the center hole.
  3. Place the cords to the left and right of the 32 dot as well as to the left and right of the 16 dot. You will then want to place a cord to the left and right of the 24 dot and to the left and right of the 8 dot. Attach your weight to the knot after you have positioned your cords.
  4. Now string 16 seed beads, 12 amethyst bicones, and 16 seed beads on to the strand that is between the 7 and 8 notch. Repeat for the strands between the 8 and 9 notch, the 23 and 24 notch and the 24 and 25 notch.
  5. Now string 16 seed beads, 12 indicolite bicones, and 16 seed beads on to the strand that is between 31 and 32 notch. Repeat for the strands between the 32 and 1 notch; the 15 and 16 notch and the 16 and 17 notch.
  6. Begin the braiding as shown on in the video. Braid about one inch of cord before you begin adding the beads.
  7. Continue braiding until you have added all of your beads, or reached your desired length. Then continue braiding and finish with 1 inch of braiding without beads, same as you did at the beginning.
  8. Carefully take the braid off of the disc, trim the bobbins off and tie an overhand knot.
  9. Finish off the bracelet with tape and glue as seen in the above video. Allow the bracelet to dry overnight, unclasped for maximum bond.
If you are having trouble stringing the beads on to the cord, we recommend creating a needle with Super New Glue or using InstaNeedle. Sizing Note: With 16 seed beads on the first portion, you will get 1.75". For the beaded focal with 12 bicones on each, you will get 3" in length.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • SWBI-1453 - Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 4mm, 24 Pieces, Indicolite AB
    Project uses 48 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • SWBI-14591 - Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 4mm, 24 Pieces, Amethyst Shimmer
    Project uses 48 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • DMRR-0151F - Miyuki Round Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 8.5 Gram Tube, #151F Matte Transparent Cobalt
    Project uses 256 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FCR-4227 - Silver Plated Magnetic Tube Cord Ends/Clasps - Fits Up To 3.2mm Cord (4 Sets)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4238 - Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size 18 Twisted Nylon - Capri Blue / 77 Yard Spool
    Project uses 32 Feet. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-1054 - E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-6113 - Kumihimo Round Mini Disc Disk For Japanese Braiding and Cording
  • XTL-6103 - Beadsmith No Tangle Flexible Plastic Thread Bobbins For Kumihimo Or Macrame 1 7/8 Inch (8 Pack)
  • XTL-6063 - Gator Weight For Kumihimo Braiding - 1.6 Ounces (1)
Additional Information
Theme Special Occasion
Ingredients SWBI-1453, SWBI-14591, DMRR-0151F, FCR-4227, XCR-4238, XTL-1054,
Useful Techniques & Learning Guides

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 4mm, 24 Pieces, Indicolite AB
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = 24 Pieces.
$2.36 / Package | SKU: SWBI-1453
Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 4mm, 24 Pieces, Amethyst Shimmer
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = 24 Pieces.
$2.62 / Package | SKU: SWBI-14591
Miyuki Round Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 8.5 Gram Tube, #151F Matte Transparent Cobalt
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 8.5 Gram Tube.
$1.54 / Package | SKU: DMRR-0151F
Silver Plated Magnetic Tube Cord Ends/Clasps - Fits Up To 3.2mm Cord (4 Sets)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 4 Sets.
$3.07 / Package | SKU: FCR-4227
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size 18 Twisted Nylon - Capri Blue / 77 Yard Spool
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$3.19 / Package | SKU: XCR-4238
E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.42 / Package | SKU: XTL-1054
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$5.17 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Gator Weight For Kumihimo Braiding - 1.6 Ounces (1)
$8.44 / Package | SKU: XTL-6063

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