Retired - Kumihimo Loop Earrings in Ice Blue

PROJECT E8085
Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
A variegated blue kumihimo braid frames an Austrian crystal beaded focal in this wintery statement earring.
Instructions

Note: Components and tools listed within this INSTRUCTIONS box and the printer-friendly PDF, if available, may have been discontinued since this project was published. Refer to the PURCHASE COMPONENTS and TOOLS AND OTHER SUPPLIES sections for current availability.

By following the instructions below, you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring. To complete this project, you will also need tape and a toothpick.
  1. If you are new to Kumihimo, please begin by watching our video on how to make a simple 8-warp kumihimo braid.
  2. Based on the technique shown in the video, cut two 3 foot lengths of each of the following colors of S-lon cord: blue, sky blue, capri blue, and white. Tie them together with an overhand knot at one end.
  3. Wind your threads onto the bobbins as shown in the video.
  4. Arrange the threads in your kumihimo disc in the following order: Two strands of blue on either side of the 32 dot at the top, two strands of sky blue on either side of the 16 dot at the bottom, two strands of capri blue on either side of the 24 dot at the left, and two strands of white on either side of the 8 dot at the right. Attach your weight to the knot after you have positioned your cords.
  5. Create a 10 inch kumihimo braid. Then remove your bobbins from the disc, create another overhand knot on the opposite side of your braid, and cut off the excess S-lon.
  6. Next, please watch the video: How to Make a Pair of Kumihimo Loop Earrings. In this video, you will see how to measure, cut, and finish off your kumihimo braid using cord ends. Then you will see how to assemble your earrings and attach an earring hook. Enjoy!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • SWP-6037 - Austrian Crystal, #5810 Round Faux Pearl Beads 6mm, 50 Pieces, Iridescent Dark Blue
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWBB-1620 - Austrian Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 6mm, 20 Pieces, White Opal
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-5467 - Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 6mm 21 Gauge (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWCR-6242 - Austrian Crystal, 6748 Edelweiss Pendant 14mm, 1 Piece, White Opal
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 2 packages.

  • FCR-1601 - Beadsmith Silver Plated Barrel Cord Ends With Ring 10mm Long - Fits Up To 3mm Cord (4)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4600 - Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Winter Mix - Twelve 77 Yard Spools / Size 18 Cord
    Project uses 1 package. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-3035 - Silver Plated Sleek Tapered Round Earring Hooks 13.5x9.5mm (10)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-6453 - Bright Silver Plated Open Petal Flower Bead Caps 7mm (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-3239 - TierraCast Rhodium Plated Pewter Daisy Spacer Beads 3mm (x 50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • WCR-2430 - Artistic Wire, Silver Plated Craft Wire 24 Gauge Thick, 10 Yard Spool, Tarnish Resistant Silver
    Project uses 4 inches. You will need 1 package.

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

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-6095 - Beadsmith Lightweight Kumihimo Round Disc Disk For Japanese Braiding and Cording 35mm Hole
  • XTL-6108 - No Tangle Flexible Plastic Thread Bobbins For Kumihimo Or Macrame 2 1/2 Inch (8 Pack)
  • XTL-6063 - Gator Weight For Kumihimo Braiding - 1.6 Ounces (1)
  • XTL-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-100 - Micro Grip Pliers, Side Cutters, 4.5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
  • XTL-104 - Micro Grip Pliers, Round Nose, 5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
  • XTL-103 - Micro Grip Pliers, Bent Chain Nose, 5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
  • XTL-9920 - Beadaholique Bead Mat, 12.5x9.25 Inches, 1 Piece
Additional Information
Theme Winter
Ingredients SWP-6037, SWBB-1620, FJR-5467, SWCR-6242, FCR-1601, XCR-4600, FEA-3035, BMB-6453, BMB-3239, WCR-2430, XTL-1054,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. This project is RETIRED. Please review project instructions carefully—some items may no longer be available for this project and will not be listed below. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Silver Plated Open Jump Rings 6mm 21 Gauge (50 pcs)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$3.49 / Package | SKU: FJR-5467
The Beadsmith Cord Ends, Barrel with Ring 10mm, Fits up to 3mm Cord, Silver Plated (4 Pieces)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 4 Pieces.
$2.85 / Package | SKU: FCR-1601
Earring Findings, Tapered Round Hooks, 13.5x9.5mm, Silver Plated (5 Pairs)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 5 Pairs.
$6.49 / Package | SKU: FEA-3035
Bright Silver Plated Open Petal Flower Bead Caps 7mm (50 pcs)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: BMB-6453
TierraCast Rhodium Plated Pewter Daisy Spacer Beads 3mm (x 50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$4.39 / Package | SKU: BMB-3239
Artistic Wire, Silver Plated Craft Wire 24 Gauge Thick, Tarnish Resistant Silver (10 Yard Spool)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$7.49 / Package | SKU: WCR-2430
E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.99 / Package | SKU: XTL-1054
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Tools and Other Supplies:

/ Package | SKU: XTL-6108
Gator Weight For Kumihimo Braiding - 1.6 Ounces (1 pcs)
Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors
$7.45 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Micro Grip Pliers, Round Nose, 5 Inches Long (1 Piece)
Micro Grip Pliers, Bent Chain Nose, 5 Inches Long (1 Piece)
Beadsmith Beading Mat, 12.5x9.25 Inches (1 Piece)
$10.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-9920

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