Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Seed Beads and Kumihimo Imitation Silk Cord

Necklace

STEP 1
Cut eight 4-foot lengths and two 6-inch lengths of imitation silk cord and one 3-1/4 inch length of 10mm curb chain.
STEP 2
Match up one end of four of the lengths of cord then pass the gathered ends through the loop on one dragon head clasp. Fold the lengths in half and match up the ends, creating eight strands.
STEP 3
Pass the clasp through the center of the kumihimo disc, and place the cord strands through the slots on the disc according the basic spiral kumihimo instructions.

Tip: If desired attach a kumihimo weight to the loop on the dragon head to help draw the cord through the hole.
STEP 4
String a random pattern of twenty magatama seed beads onto one length of cord then attach a Bead Stopper™ to the end. Repeat to add magatamas to each length of cord.

Tip: It's important to string the magatamas according to the diagram so the dragon scales lay correctly on the finished strand.
STEP 5
Weave a basic 8-cord braid pattern for a few rotations of the disc to secure the clasp in place. Continue to weave the braid pattern sliding one magatama toward the center when moving each cord.

Continue the braid pattern and incorporating magatamas for approximately 6 inches. Place one 2-inch headpin in the center of the braid then continue the pattern for a few of rotations.
STEP 6
Remove the cords from the disc. Use one 6-inch length of cord to create a whipping knot to secure the kumihimo braid and headpin in place then trim excess cord.
STEP 7
String onto the headpin one 13x10mm filigree cone (open end over the knotted cord) and one 3mm round then form a wrapped loop.
STEP 8
Pass one 6.5x5mm jumpring through the wrapped loop and the first link on the length of chain then close.
STEP 9
Repeat Steps 2 - 8 using the opposite end of the length of chain to create the second half of the necklace.

Earrings

STEP 1
Cut sixteen 2-foot lengths and two 6-inch lengths of imitation silk cord.
STEP 2
Match up one end of eight of the lengths of cord then tie a loose overhand knot approximately 6 inches from the end.
STEP 3
Pass the knotted ends through the center of the kumihimo disc, and place the cord strands through the slots on the disc according the basic spiral kumihimo instructions.

Tip: If desired attach a kumihimo weight to the knot to help draw the cord through the hole.
STEP 4
String two metallic bronze #8 seed beads, a random pattern of four magatama seed beads and two more #8 seed bead onto one length of cord then attach a Bead Stopper™ to the end. Repeat to add seed beads to each length of cord.

Tip: It's important to string the magatamas according to the diagram in Step 4 of the necklace section so the dragon scales they lay correctly.
STEP 5
Beginning at the knot, weave a basic 8-cord braid pattern for approximately 1/4 inch. Continue to weave the braid pattern sliding one seed bead toward the center when moving each cord.

Once all the seed beads on each strand have been used, continue the braid pattern for approximately 1/2 inch.
STEP 6
Pull the overhand knot up through the center of the disc, untie the knot and insert one strand from the opposite end into each slot the disk already containing a strand of cord. (There will now be 2-strands in each of the eight slots.
STEP 7
Continue the braid pattern a few rotations moving both cords in each slot at the same time weaving the ends of the braid together. Place one 2-inch headpin in the center of the braid then continue the pattern for a couple of rotations.
STEP 8
Remove the cords from the disc. Use one 6-inch length of cord to create a whipping knot to secure the kumihimo braid and headpin in place then trim excess cord.
STEP 9
String onto the headpin one 13x10mm filigree cone (open end over the knotted cord) and one 3mm round then form a wrapped loop.

Attach one fishhook earwire to the wrapped loop.
STEP 10
Repeat Steps 2 - 9 to create a second earring.

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