Bracelet with Gold-Finished "Pewter" and Enamel Charm, Seed Beads and Kumihimo Waxed Cotton Cord
-- Designer --
Jude, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
: : : Materials : : :
- Charm, gold-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy) and enamel, red/white/blue, 28x16mm ''USA'' with stars (1 charm)
- Seed bead, Matsuno, red, transparent, #6 round (46 seed beads)
- Seed bead, Matsuno, cobalt, transparent, #6 round (46 seed beads)
- Cord end, gold-finished brass, 8x6mm with 5mm inside diameter (2 cord ends)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 5mm round, 22 gauge (2 jumprings)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 8mm twisted round, 16 gauge (1 jumpring)
- Clasp, lobster claw, gold-plated brass, 12x7mm with swivel (1 clasp)
- Cord, waxed cotton, white, 0.5mm
- Wire, Zebra Wire, silver-finished copper, round, 24 gauge
- Adhesive, Loctite 409 Gel
- Kumihimo disk, foam, white, 4-1/4 inch round with 22mm inside hole and 32 slots
- Huggy Spool, soft plastic, clear, 2-1/2 inch round with 3/4 inch hole
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, bent-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
Using flush-cutters, cut two 6-inch lengths of gold Zebra Wire™.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
: : : Additional Resources : : :
- ''How to Make a Spiral Kumihimo Braid'' illustrated instructions
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