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 Kumihimo Braids 


This helpful reference chart offers basic cord sizes to finished braid sizes for Kumihimo--and includes additional tips for successful braiding.

Example
Finished Shape
Cord Type
Strand Count
Finished Size
Round
1mm Bugtail
8 Strand
6mm round
Round
1.5mm Mousetail
8 Strand
7mm round
Round
2mm Rattail
8 Strand
8.5mm round
Round
3x1mm Faux Suede
8 Strand
10mm round
Round
1mm Hemp
8 Strand
5mm round
Round
1mm Imitation Silk
8 Strand
5mm round
Half-Round
1mm Bugtail
8 Strand
10mm flat
Half-Round
1.5mm Mousetail
8 Strand
12mm flat
Half-Round
2mm Rattail
8 Strand
25mm flat
Flat
2mm Rattail
8 Strand
11mm flat
Square
2mm Rattail
8 Strand
7mm square
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End of Materials List

Additional Tips:

  • Finished braid sizes are approximate and will vary depending on the tension used when braiding. For best results, maintain a steady tension on the cords as you move around the wheel.
  • The 3 to 1 Ratio--Determine the desired finished length of your braid then triple that amount.
    Example: If you want a 20-inch necklace, each cord must be 60 inches long.
  • Smooth cord accentuates the shape of the braid. Textured cord accentuates the color of the braid.
  • You don't have to use the same type or size of cord in a project, you can mix and match. When blending thick and thin cords, thin cord rolls to the inside of the braid and thick cords stay to the outside of the braid.
  • Remember where you stopped by ending with the three strands at the top. When you pick up to start again, you will know that the three strands are at the top of the wheel and you will resume by bringing your top right strand down to the bottom right slot.
  • What end caps to use? You can use cone-style clasps with attached loops, or any appropriate size beading cone and add your own wire-wrapped loop.
  • We suggest using E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive or Loctite® 409 Gel adhesive.


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