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 Bracelet with Gold-Finished "Pewter" and Enamel Charm, Seed Beads and Kumihimo Waxed Cotton Cord 

Bracelet with Gold-Finished "Pewter" and Enamel Charm, Seed Beads and Kumihimo Waxed Cotton Cord
Step 1
Using laser scissors, cut four 3-foot strands of waxed cotton cord.

Using flush-cutters, cut two 6-inch lengths of gold Zebra Wire™.
Step 2
Match up the ends of four strands of cord. Fold the cords in half and match up the ends, creating eight strands. Using one 6-inch length of gold Zebra Wire, insert 1 inch through the fold in the cord then wrap the wire 2-3 times around itself leaving the long end of the wire straight. Pass the straight end of the wire through one 6mm gold-finished cord end so it fits snugly around the cord and wire. Using round-nose pliers, bent-nose pliers and flush-cutters, create a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire.
Step 3
Insert the cord end into the center of the kumihimo disc.
Step 4
Hold the folded cord end firmly in place on the underside of the disc while setting up the face of the disc in a basic 8-cord pattern. Make sure the cords are tight in their slots.
Step 5
To set up the disc, insert strands into the slots on either side of the dots--slots #32 and #1, bottom slots #17 and #16, right side slots #8 and #9 and left side slots #24 and #25.
Step 6
Adding beads to the cord:
  • Remove the cord from slot #32 then thread twenty-three red #6 seed beads onto the cord and push them down to the bottom. Set cord back into slot #32. Repeat for slot 16.
Repeat to add twenty-three cobalt #6 seed beads to cords in slot #1 and slot #17.

Tips:
  • Wind your cords and beaded cords onto Huggy Spool® bobbins to help avoid tangling
  • Hang a fishing weight from the tail of your cord to help maintain constant tension
Step 7
With North at the top of the disc, you are ready to start your braid. Always start your braid with the bottom left strand using the following braiding pattern:
  • Bottom left #17 up to top left #31--now there are three strands at the top
  • Move top right #1 down to bottom right #15
  • Rotate disc counter clockwise 1/4 turn. The East slots #8 and #9 are now at the top.
  • Move strand from slot #25 up to slot #7
  • Repeat to move strand from slot #9 down to slot #23
  • Rotate disc counter clockwise 1/4 turn. South slots #16 and #17 are now at the top.
  • Repeat this pattern of "left up, right down, rotate" until you reach 1-1/4 inches in braid length
Helpful Hint: To pause in your braiding, always remember to stop when you have three strands at the top.
Step 8
Continue braiding in this pattern while adding one bead from each beaded strand when moving that strand. After braiding about 5 inches, the beads should all be added.
Step 9
Repeat Step 7 braiding without beads for 1-1/4 inches.
Step 10
Cut the cords leaving a 3/4 inch tail and fold the tail in half. Using one 6-inch length of gold Zebra Wire, insert 1 inch through the fold in the cord, then wrap the wire 2-3 times around itself leaving the long end of the wire straight. Pass the straight end of the wire through one 6mm gold-finished cord end so it fits snugly around the cord and wire. Using round-nose pliers, bent-nose pliers and flush-cutters, create a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire.
Step 11
Open one 5mm gold-plated jumpring and pass it through the wrapped loop on one end of the braided cord and through the loop on one gold-plated 12x7mm swivel lobster claw clasp. Close the jumpring.
Step 12
Open one 8mm gold-plated twisted jumpring and pass it through the wrapped loop on the opposite end of the braided cord. Close the jumpring.
Step 13
Open one 5mm gold-plated jumpring and pass it through the loop on one enamel and gold-finished 28x16mm "USA" with stars charm and one braided cord in the center of the beaded cord. Close the jumpring.
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