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PROJECT N675
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
This necklace is both dramatic and fierce! Shiny and matte gunmetal colored Miyuki Long Magatama beads have been Kumihimo braided into a spiral pattern that is visually stunning and texturally intriguing.
Instructions
  1. To begin this project, please watch the video on How Braid Beaded Kumihimo with Long Magatama Beads. This video shows how to make the braid portion of this necklace. If you have never done Kumihimo before, please watch How to Braid Beaded Kumihimo. This second video will show you how to load your beads onto your bobbins, set up your threads, and get started.
  2. For this necklace, cut 8 lengths of Super-Lon cord in black, 48" long each. Tie their ends together into an overhand knot. Onto 1 of the strands, string 1 tube of matte gunmetal Long Magatama beads and wind the thread and beads onto a bobbin. Repeat this with 3 other strands. Now take 1 of the remaining strands and string 1 tube of shiny gunmetal Long Magatama beads and wind the thread and beads onto a bobbin. Repeat this with 3 other strands.
  3. Thread your knot through the hole in the middle of your Kumihimo disc and attach a weight.
  4. Line your strands up on the Kumihimo board so that one strand with matte beads is on the right side of the 16 dot and one strand with matte beads is on the left side of the 16 dot. Place one strand with matte beads on the right side of the 32 dot and one strand with matte beads on the left side of the 32 dot. Place one strand with shiny beads on the right side of the 8 dot and one strand with shiny beads on the left side of the 8 dot. Place one strand with shiny beads on the right side of the 24 dot and one strand with shiny beads on the left side of the 24 dot.
  5. Following what you learned in the videos, braid 1/4" without any beads. Next braid 13 - 14 inches using your Long Magatamas. Once you have braided about 13 inches, place the necklace onto your neck to see how much more, if any, you need to braid. The clasp and cord end caps will add about 1.5" so keep this in mind. Braid with the beads until the necklace is the desired length. After you are happy with how long it is, braid another 1/4" without beads.
  6. Please watch the video on How to Tie Off and Finish Kumihimo Braid Ends. From what you learned in the video, glue your barrel cord ends to each side of the braid using E6000 glue.
  7. To attach your clasp, open an oval jump ring and link it to one of the cord ends as well as one half of your clasp. Close the jump ring. Go to the other side of the necklace and repeat this step.
  8. Enjoy!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • KMG-024 - Miyuki Long Magatama Seed Beads - 4x7mm 'Gun Metal' 8.5 Grams
    Project uses 4 tubes. You will need 4 packages.

  • KMG-018 - Miyuki Long Magatama Seed Beads - 4x7mm 'Matte Gun Metal' 8.5 Grams
    Project uses 4 tubes. You will need 4 packages.

  • XCR-4236 - BeadSmith Super-Lon Cord - Size 18 Twisted Nylon - Black / 77 Yard Spool
    Project uses 32 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • FCR-1604 - Beadsmith Silver Plated Barrel Cord Ends With Ring 10mm Long - Fits Up To 4mm Cords (4)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FCL-7045 - TierraCast Silver Plated Pewter Large Beaded Toggle Clasp 16.5mm (1)
    Project uses 1 set. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-3906 - Silver Plated Open Jump Rings Oval 4x6mm 20 Gauge (50)
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-1054 - E6000 Industrial Strength Glue Adhesive (0.18 fl oz)
    Project uses 1 package. 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-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Additional Information
Ingredients KMG-024, KMG-018, XCR-4236, FCR-1604, FCL-7045, FJR-3906, XTL-1054,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. 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.
Miyuki Long Magatama Seed Beads - 4x7mm 'Gun Metal' 8.5 Grams
You will need 4 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$2.45 / Package | SKU: KMG-024
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size 18 Twisted Nylon - Black / 77 Yard Spool
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$4.80 / Package | SKU: XCR-4236
Beadsmith Silver Plated Barrel Cord Ends With Ring 10mm Long - Fits Up To 4mm Cords (4)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 4 Pieces.
$1.99 / Package | SKU: FCR-1604
TierraCast Silver Plated Pewter Large Beaded Toggle Clasp 16.5mm (1)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Set.
$2.85 / Package | SKU: FCL-7045
Silver Plated Open Jump Rings Oval 4x6mm 20 Gauge (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.25 / Package | SKU: FJR-3906
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:

Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$7.09 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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