How to Add Filigree Accents to a Kumihimo Project

SKU VID-0961
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Beginner
In this video learn how to add filigree accents to your cord ends as well as create a filigree bail around your kumihimo braid.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with beadaholique.com and i the findings but also adding filigree accents to your braid and also adding a pendant so a couple different things that I haven't really done in a video before so we often do bracelets they're done using the kumihimo technique but I really wanted to do a necklace I wanted to do something different so here is my braid this is a standard eight warp kumihimo braid and I've created these beaded clusters and I have another video showing how to do those which is really fun but it creates a different look so I've literally just taken this braid off of my kumihimo disk and now what I want to do is I want to add this pendant is by green girl studios I want to add filigree accents I'm going to make myself a pendant bail and then I'm going to add my cord end and my clasp as well so a couple different things shown in this video it's just you know such a fun technique I really like trying to do things with it that's a little bit different from the normal so you kind of give you ideas of what you can do with kumihimo so let's get started first I'm going to attach the actual ends and I'm going to do a little filigree insert in these ends so as you can see this is recently taken off of the disk and I still have my kumihimo weight holding the one end and the other end has a knot and these are six millimeter tierracast maker's collection cord ends and my braid is actually smaller than six millimeters you can see that that cord end is actually too big for this just if it was to be put right on it this is about a four millimeter braid at this point so I'm going to take these filigree pieces and I'm going to shape them and create a little insert and what I'm going to be using to do that are these rubbers bail making pliers and actually before I go any further I should probably tell you what tools I'm going to be using in this whole video I'm going to be using a pair of scissors some tape some e6000 which I have a little applicator for and posted and a couple pairs of chain nose pliers so not a lot of tools but I am going to be using these wubbers pliers and this is the one that has two different nose sizes it's round one is three millimeters and one is five millimeters so let me first go ahead and actually shape my filigree insert so you can see it's a bit of a diamond shape and I'm going to start by curving it around the larger nose so I just am holding it between the two noses and I'm bending it you can see it's starting to shape it and what I actually want to do is create a little bit of a cone shape to it so I'm grabbing it along this base as well so I'm curving the end in and grabbing it along the base at a little bit of an angle so instead of being straight like this I'm at a little bit of an angle I do that on the other side as well curving it in and then add a little bit of an angle you see what we're starting to get in terms of the shape and at this point I actually want to just see where I'm at so it's definitely still too wide to fit on that inside so my goal is that it's going to fit in here but it's also going to fit around my braid so now I'm going to take the smaller nose and start shaping it a little bit more pulling it a little bit tighter in let's see what we've got okay so now that's actually going into the cord end and I think it's still going to fit around my braid so that's good and do another one so it helps if you start with the larger nose just because it gives you a little bit more leeway in terms of you're doing a little broader stroke to begin with and then you're narrowing the focus as you work with this so we're kind of getting the general shape to begin with and then we're refining it with that narrower nose it still needs a little bit of work all I need is to make sure that enough goes in that when I put my east 6000 in here I'm gonna be really generous with my e6000 on this project that it's going to hold both the braid and the filigree so I think that looks good so now I need to work on finishing off this braid and that's when the tape comes in handy so this is just scotch tape transparent tape okay so I'm going to take a little piece of this I'm going to take off my weight and I'm just going to wrap it actually that's too big of a piece I'm going to put this back on for a sec just going to wrap it around the end so I want to go over the braid a little bit but I want to keep most of my braid there we go make sure that's as snug as it can be now I'm gonna go the other end and do the same thing I got my bit of tape and I'm gonna undo this knot so this was actually the start of our braid if you're familiar with how kumihimo works you tie a knot at the base of all your threads and then you feed that through the hole in the middle of the disk and then you start your braid so this was actually the beginning point now undoing the knot because I want to tape over just the last part or what was the first part of my braid and some of these strands we go and now I'm gonna cut it so I want to have a good Oh maybe a little less than a quarter of an inch like so and then I can just discard this I mean go to the other side and do the same thing and now I'm going to test out before I add my glue to make sure that this is going to work so one I need to make sure my braid will go through my filigree which it will so let's see if the filigree was in like this and then the braid went in like this there we go so it is going to work but I do need to be really generous with the glue on this one I'm going to take my e6000 and put a good amount on my little post-it note and then I'm going to fill the well with the glue make sure to go around the sides and really feel the base of it too I usually say a little east 6000 goes a long way but because of how I'm doing this particular technique I need to make sure there's a lot of glue in there so I've got my braid and my filigree and I'm just going to put it in there and you see how that glue is pooling out a little bit and I'm very happy with that actually in this case there we go I'll set that down to dry and if you're worried at all about it spilling out which probably shouldn't do but if you are worried just make sure it dries on a piece of plastic so now I'm going to go to the other end and do that side as well let me test this one that's going to work as well and again I'm being really generous I need actually some more glue okay and I want to see how this braid is gonna lay so how's that trying cuz I want this to be the front so when this one goes into it I want it to go into it like so pushing that down and in and then I'm gonna let that one dry as well so I'm gonna actually pause on this video let these guys dry fully so I'm gonna wait about an hour hour an hour and a half because I really wanna make sure those are good and solid and then I'll come back and I'll show you how to make a bail out of this piece of filigree and how to attach the pendant and then also attach the clasp now that my cord ends with the little filigree inserts are dry I want to go ahead and finish off this piece so I'm going to first attach the clasp so that we can consider the actual necklace part done and then I'm going to add the pendant so I just need to have a jump ring on each side to connect each half of the toggle clasp so if you're not familiar with how to open a jump ring you just take a pair of chain nose pliers and grab it from either end of the opening which is up top here and twist we're going to put on the toggle bar we're going to connect that to the cord end and these are five millimeter jump rings and then having fun with the different shades of silver here I've got a little bit brighter I've got this antique one I have the filigree which is a little bit different I have gunmetal jump rings and I have this green girl pendant so you don't have to make everything match exactly sometimes it's fun to have a little bit of a variation in your colors here of your metals there we go so that is ready to go now this is a toggle bar and it needs to fit inside here so I'm just gonna test that it can easily slip in here which it can if you want a little bit more room back here you can make a little chain of jump rings which is real easy to do I'm not going to put it on this necklace I'm going to show you how to do it so you just open a jump ring slip on another one close it back up open another jump ring slip it on the last one you even link another one on there close it back up and this way you can get a little bit more room up towards the clasp totally up to you I think that's really pretty up there so now we need to go ahead and create a bail for our green girl pendant and I really wanted something that was a little bit unique for this so I'm going to make a bail out of the filigree piece and I'm going to do that just by grabbing the corner with the large nose of my webber's bail making pliers on the bottom and then I'm just going to bend the filigree over and then I'm going to do the same thing on the other side and then what I want to do is I want to actually take my chain nose pull that corner out a little bit on both sides and then grab it with the actual center of the filigree centered on the large nose and then I just want to pinch it with my fingers what's nice is this filigree is really easy to maneuver okay so this is what we've gotten we folded it in half and now I'm just going to pry it open a little bit more and slip it over my braid where I want it to live and now I'm going to take my chain nose pliers and just pinch it together so that the corners meet and now I'm going to take a jump ring open it up slip it through that open hole here at the edge so right on the corner for both of them so it went through both openwork holes and then also slip on my pendant close that jump ring back up and we just made a little filigree bail so the bail matches the end caps here and then we've got that pretty pendant hanging between the two Kumi clusters down at the bottom and of course you can make this necklace longer or shorter if you want just by doing more braiding and adding more beads but this one is ready to go I hope you enjoyed this tutorial please check out beautifully for more projects and tutorial featuring kumihimo as well as other beading and jewelry making techniques you

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