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 Multi-Strand Necklace with Kumihimo Mousetail Cord, Silver-Plated Brass Charms and Hill Tribes Silver-Plated Copper Pendant 

Multi-Strand Necklace with Kumihimo Mousetail Cord, Silver-Plated Brass Charms and Hill Tribes Silver-Plated Copper Pendant
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Rose, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

To learn more about Rose Wingenbach, read her jewelry artist success story here
Instructions by Maura Buckner, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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Necklace

Step 1
Using laser scissors cut four 8-foot lengths of red mousetail cord, four 8-foot lengths of gold mousetail cord, four 8-foot lengths of dark green mousetail cord and four 8-foot lengths of royal blue mousetail cord.
Step 2
Using flush-cutters, cut the following:
  • Two 5-inch lengths of 20-gauge nickel silver wire
  • Two 4-inch lengths of silver-finished 13x9mm twisted cable chain
Step 3
Match one end of four red, four gold, four green and four blue cords together. Fold the cords in half and match up the ends, creating thirty-two strands. Wrap the end of a 5-inch length of wire around the center of the cords two to three times to secure the cords to the wire.
Step 4
Place the wire through the center of the kumihimo disk and insert four blue strands into slot #32, four blue strands into slot #1, four green strands into slot #16 and slot #17, insert four yellow strands into slot #8 and slot #9 and insert four red strands into slot #24 and slot #25. Weave the cord in a basic 8-cord pattern for 4 inches. Remove the disk from the cords.
Step 5
Separate out the red cords and place them into the kumihimo disk using the same slots listed in Step 4. Braid the red cords in a basic 8-cord pattern for 8 inches. Remove the disk from the cords and temporarily secure the end of the braid.

Separate out the green cords and place them into the kumihimo disk. Braid the green cords in a basic 8-cord pattern for 12 inches. Remove the disk from the cords and temporarily secure the end of the braid.

Separate out the blue cords and place them into the kumihimo disk. Braid the blue cords in a basic 8-cord pattern for 13.5 inches. Remove the disk from the cords and temporarily secure the end of the braid.

Separate out the yellow cords and place them into the kumihimo disk. Braid the yellow cords in a basic 8-cord pattern for 5 inches. Remove the yellow cords from the disc. String onto all eight lengths of yellow cord the loop on one silver-plated 53mm wavy flower pendant. Position the pendant 1/2 inch down onto the end of the braided portion of the cords. Place the yellow cords back into the kumihimo disk and continue weaving the cord in the basic 8-cord pattern for 4 inches.
Step 6
Place all thirty-two strands of cord back through the center of the disk. Repeat the pattern in Step 4 and weave the cord in a basic 8-cord pattern for 4 inches. Remove the disk from the cords.
Step 7
Tie the cords in an overhand knot to secure the end of the woven cord. Tighten the knot.
Step 8
Place a small amount of adhesive on one end of the woven cord. Pass the end of 5-inch length of wire through the end of the woven cord and tightly wind the wire around the woven cord to secure the cord in place.
Step 9
Pass the straight end of the wire through one antiqued silver-plated 15.5x15.5mm cone, one silver-plated 5mm heishi bead, one silver-plated 4mm heishi bead and one silver-plated 3mm round bead. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire.

Repeat Steps 8 and 9 to attach one antiqued silver-plated 15.5x15.5mm cone, one silver-plated 5mm heishi bead, one silver-plated 4mm heishi bead and one silver-plated 3mm round bead to the opposite end of the woven cord necklace.
Step 10
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp and the first link on one 4-inch length of chain. Close the jumpring. Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the last link on the 4-inch length of chain and the wrapped loop on the first end of the woven cord necklace.

Repeat to attach the bar portion of the toggle clasp to the second 4-inch length of chain and the wrapped loop on the opposite end of the woven cord.
Step 11
Using flush-cutters, cut the loop off one silver-plated 21x15mm fancy butterfly charm. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers gently bend the wings on the butterfly to form a curve that fits around the 32-cord portion of woven cord. Repeat to create four formed butterflies.
Step 12
Cut a 24-inch length of black Nymo® thread. Pass the thread onto a straight needle. Position the first butterfly on the front of the woven cord 1 inch from a bead cone on the necklace. Pass the thread through the upper left wing and the woven cord directly under the butterfly leaving a 1-inch tail. Pass thread through the butterfly and woven cord two times. Tie the end of the thread around the tail of the thread in a surgeon's knot to secure the butterfly in place. Place a small amount of adhesive on the knot for added security. Repeat on the opposite bottom wing of the butterfly.

Repeat to attach a butterfly on the woven cord 2-1/2 inches from the bead cone.

Repeat to attach two butterflies to the opposite side of the necklace.

Earrings

Step 1
Using laser scissors cut two 1-foot lengths of red mousetail cord, two 1-foot lengths of gold mousetail cord, two 1-foot lengths of dark green mousetail cord and two 1-foot lengths of royal blue mousetail cord.
Step 2
Using flush-cutters, cut two 4-inch lengths of 20-gauge nickel silver wire.
Step 3
Match one end of two red, two gold, two green and two blue cords together. Fold the cords in half and match up the ends, creating sixteen strands. Wrap the end of a 4-inch length of wire around the center of the cords two to three times to secure the cords to the wire.
Step 4
Place the wire through the center of the kumihimo disk, and insert two blue strands into slot #32, two blue strands into slot #1, insert two green strands into slot #16 and slot #17, insert two yellow strands into slot #8 and slot #9 and insert two red strands into slot #24 and slot #25. Weave the cord in a basic 8-cord pattern for 1 inch. Remove the disk from the cords.
Step 5
Cut a 24-inch length of black Nymo thread. Pass the thread onto a straight needle. Wrap the thread tightly around the cords just under the end of the woven section for three to four wraps. Tie the end of the thread around the tail of the thread in a surgeon's knot. Place a small amount of adhesive on the knot for added security. Use laser scissors to trim the ends of the thread.
Step 6
Place a small amount of adhesive on the folded end of each of the strands of cord. Pass the end of the 5-inch length of wire through the end of the woven cord and tightly wind the wire around the woven cord to secure the cord in place.
Step 7
Pass the straight end of the wire through one antiqued silver-plated 15x11mm cone and one silver-plated 3mm round bead. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire.
Step 8
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open the loop on an earwire. Pass it through the wrapped loop on the woven cord.
Step 9
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers gently bend the wings on the butterfly to form a curve that fits around the woven cord.
Step 10
Cut a 10-inch length of black Nymo thread. Pass the thread onto a straight needle. Position the butterfly on the front of the woven cord 1/8 inch from the bead cone. Pass the thread through the loop on the butterfly charm and the woven cord directly under it. Pass the thread through the butterfly and woven cord two times. Tie the end of the thread around the tail of the thread in a surgeon's knot to secure the butterfly in place. Place a small amount of adhesive on the knot for added security.
Step 11
Repeat Steps 1 - 10 to create the second earring.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Making a Wrapped Loop and Double-Wrapped Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Using Bead Cones'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Glues'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''Knots Tutorial'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''How to Make a Spiral Kumihimo Braid'' illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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