Kumihimo Loop Earrings in Rouge

PROJECT E8086
Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
A Valentine palette of red and pink is woven into a delicate kumihimo braid, looped to frame a Swarovski Crystal pearl and heart focal. Gold findings and accent beads add a rich metal element to the design.
Instructions
To complete this project, you will also need tape and a toothpick. By following the instructions below, you will make one earring. Repeat all instructions to make the second earring.
  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 color of the following S-lon cords: light orchid, rose pink, dark red, and vanilla. Tie them together with an overhand knot at one end.
  3. Wind your threads in the bobbins as shown in the video.
  4. Arrange the threads in your kumihimo disc in the following order: Two strands of light orchid on either side of the 32 dot at the top, two strands of rose pink on either side of the 16 dot at the bottom, two strands of dark red on either side of the 24 dot at the left, and two strands of vanilla 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)
  • SWCR-6458 - Swarovski Crystal, #6432 Heart Cut Pendant 10.5mm, 2 Pieces, Rose
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWP-6076 - Swarovski Crystal, #5810 Round Faux Pearl Beads 6mm, 50 Pieces, Pearlescent White
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • SWBB-1582 - Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 5mm, 20 Pieces, Rose
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4616 - Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Light Orchid (77 Yard Spool)
    Project uses 6 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4326 - Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Rose Pink / 77 Yard Spool
    Project uses 6 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4612 - Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Dark Red (77 Yard Spool)
    Project uses 6 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4622 - Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Vanilla (77 Yard Spool)
    Project uses 6 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • FCR-1602 - Beadsmith Gold Plated Barrel Cord Ends With Ring 10mm Long - Fits Up To 3mm Cord (4)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-5465 - 22K Gold Plated Open Jump Rings 6mm 21 Gauge (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FEA-3037 - Gold Plated Sleek Tapered Round Earring Hooks 13.5x9.5mm (10)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-6454 - 22K Gold Plated Open Petal Flower Bead Caps 7mm (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • BMB-3240 - TierraCast Bright 22K Gold Plated Pewter Daisy Spacer Beads 3mm (50)
    Project uses 4 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • WNT-2433 - Wire Elements, Tarnish Resistant Gold Color Copper Wire, 24 Gauge 30 Yards (27.4 Meters)
    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-101 - Micro Grip Pliers, Long Chain Nose, 5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
  • XTL-104 - Micro Grip Pliers, Round Nose, 5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
  • XTL-9920 - Beadaholique Bead Mat, 12.5x9.25 Inches, 1 Piece
Additional Information
Theme Valentine's Day, Spring, Mother's Day
Ingredients SWCR-6458, SWP-6076, SWBB-1582, XCR-4616, XCR-4326, XCR-4612, XCR-4622, FCR-1602, FJR-5465, FEA-3037, BMB-6454, BMB-3240, WNT-2433, XTL-1054,

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, #6432 Heart Cut Pendant 10.5mm, 2 Pieces, Rose
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$3.26 / Package | SKU: SWCR-6458
Swarovski Crystal, #5810 Round Faux Pearl Beads 6mm, 50 Pieces, Pearlescent White
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$6.26 / Package | SKU: SWP-6076
Swarovski Crystal, #5328 Bicone Beads 5mm, 20 Pieces, Rose
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 20 Pieces.
$2.44 / Package | SKU: SWBB-1582
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Light Orchid (77 Yard Spool)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Bobbin.
$2.89 / Package | SKU: XCR-4616
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Rose Pink / 77 Yard Spool
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$3.45 / Package | SKU: XCR-4326
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Dark Red (77 Yard Spool)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Bobbin.
$2.89 / Package | SKU: XCR-4612
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size #18 Twisted Nylon - Vanilla (77 Yard Spool)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Bobbin.
$3.26 / Package | SKU: XCR-4622
Beadsmith Gold Plated Barrel Cord Ends With Ring 10mm Long - Fits Up To 3mm Cord (4)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 4 Pieces.
$1.88 / Package | SKU: FCR-1602
22K Gold Plated Open Jump Rings 6mm 21 Gauge (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.06 / Package | SKU: FJR-5465
Gold Plated Sleek Tapered Round Earring Hooks 13.5x9.5mm (10)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 5 Pairs.
$5.06 / Package | SKU: FEA-3037
22K Gold Plated Open Petal Flower Bead Caps 7mm (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.70 / Package | SKU: BMB-6454
TierraCast Bright 22K Gold Plated Pewter Daisy Spacer Beads 3mm (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.81 / Package | SKU: BMB-3240
Wire Elements, Tarnish Resistant Gold Color Copper Wire, 24 Gauge 30 Yards (27.4 Meters)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$5.29 / Package | SKU: WNT-2433
E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-1054
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Gator Weight For Kumihimo Braiding - 1.6 Ounces (1)
$8.59 / Package | SKU: XTL-6063
Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$5.32 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Micro Grip Pliers, Side Cutters, 4.5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
Micro Grip Pliers, Long Chain Nose, 5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
Liquid error (product line 364): Exceeded maximum number of unique handles for all_products.
Micro Grip Pliers, Long Chain Nose, 5 Inches Long, 1 Piece
Liquid error (product line 364): Exceeded maximum number of unique handles for all_products.
Micro Grip Pliers, Long Chain Nose, 5 Inches Long, 1 Piece

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