Wreath of Independence Bracelet

PROJECT B636
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Show your patriotic spirit by wearing this pretty bracelet. The Miyuki long magatamas add an intriguing texture to this design as do the Czech crystal bicones which embellish this bracelet.
Instructions
NOTE: Make sure to pick up all your magatama beads from the same side to get the even scale-look to this project. You want them to all face the same direction when you braid your bracelet.
  1. To begin this project, please watch the tutorial: How to Braid Beaded Kumihimo and Make a Bracelet. For this particular project, we are going to be using 8 strands of Super-Lon cord in white instead of multiple colors, and instead of seed beads, we are going to use Miyuki Long Magatamas in white pearl ceylon and noir lined aqua. But the positioning of the cords, the positioning of the beads, and the techniques will be the same for this bracelet as the one shown in the video.
  2. Cut 8 Super-Lon white cords so that they are 30" long each. Tie all the strands' ends into a simple knot, thread the knot through the hole in the middle of your Kumihimo disk, and attach a weight to the knot.
  3. Line up all your cords and beads the same way as shown in the video.
  4. Braid 7" of beaded kumihimo.
  5. When done with the braiding, add your barrel end caps the same way as attaching the clasp is show in the video.
  6. Now we are going to add the Czech crystal 4mm bicones in light siam and Miyuki Delica 11/0 beads in crystal AB.
  7. To add the above beads, thread a size 12 needle with 3 feet of Wildfire white beading thread. Tie the end of your thread to your braided Super-Lon cord, right up near one of your barrel end caps. Try to make the knot discreet. We are going to sew the bicones into the braid at random intervals along your beaded kumihimo bracelet. When adding a bicone, string the bicone onto the thread, slide the bicone down to rest amongst the magatamas, then string an 11/0 delica and slide that down too. Pass the thread back through the bicone (through the same hole you exited). Pull snug against your braid and then pass the needle right through the center of the braid and exit at the next point you want a bicone. Keep doing this until you have used all 50 of your bicones and have reached the other end of your bracelet.
  8. When you have added all your bicones, tie off your thread near the barrel end cap on this end of your bracelet. Make sure it is secure.
  9. Open one of the jump rings that comes with your Kumihimo findings set and link it to one half of your clasp. Also link it to one of the loops on your barrel end cap. Close the jump ring. Repeat this step on the other end of your bracelet.
  10. All done!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • FCL-4886 - BeadSmith Silver Plated Barrel Findings Kit For Kumihimo Braids - Fits 4mm Cord
    Project uses 1 package. You will need 1 package.

  • DB-051 - Miyuki Delica Seed Beads 11/0 Crystal AB DB051 7.2 Grams
    Project uses 50 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • KMG-013 - Miyuki Long Magatama Seed Beads - 4x7mm 'Noir Lined Aqua AB' 8.5 Grams
    Project uses 2 tubes. You will need 2 packages.

  • KMG-011 - Miyuki Long Magatama Seed Beads - 4x7mm White Pearl Ceylon 8.5 Grams
    Project uses 2 tubes. You will need 2 packages.

  • BCZ-5485 - Preciosa Czech Crystal 4mm Bicone Beads Light Siam (50)
    Project uses 50 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-8933 - Wildfire Thermal Bonded Beading Thread .006 Inch - White- 50 Yd
    Project uses 36 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-4248 - BeadSmith Super-Lon Cord - Size 18 Twisted Nylon - White / 77 Yard Spool
    Project uses 240 inches. 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-3006 - Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Additional Information
Theme USA/Patriotic
Ingredients FCL-4886, DB-051, KMG-013, KMG-011, BCZ-5485, XCR-8933, XCR-4248, 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.
BeadSmith Silver Plated Barrel Findings Kit For Kumihimo Braids - Fits 4mm Cord
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Set.
$4.49 / Package | SKU: FCL-4886
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 7.2 Grams, Crystal AB DB051
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 7.2 gms tube.
$2.62 / Package | SKU: DB-051
Miyuki Long Magatama Seed Beads - 4x7mm 'Noir Lined Aqua AB' 8.5 Grams
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$1.91 / Package | SKU: KMG-013
Miyuki Long Magatama Seed Beads - 4x7mm White Pearl Ceylon 8.5 Grams
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = 1 Tube.
$1.79 / Package | SKU: KMG-011
Preciosa Czech Crystal 4mm Bicone Beads Light Siam (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.47 / Package | SKU: BCZ-5485
Wildfire Thermal Bonded Beading Thread .006 Inch - Frost / White- 50 Yd
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$7.94 / Package | SKU: XCR-8933
Super-Lon (S-Lon) Cord - Size 18 Twisted Nylon - White / 77 Yard Spool
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$3.22 / Package | SKU: XCR-4248
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
Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose

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