Bracelet with Kumihimo Satinique™ Cord, Antique Silver-Finished "Pewter" Charm and Wirework
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Rose, Jewelry Designer, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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Charm, antique silver-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 13mm double-sided sun (1 charm)
Jump ring, silver-plated brass, 4mm round, 2.4mm inside diameter, 20 gauge (14 jump rings)
Jump ring, silver-plated brass, 6.5x5mm oval, 4.6x3mm inside diameter, 18 gauge (6 jump rings)
Head pin, silver-plated brass, 2 inches, 21 gauge (1 head pin)
Clasp, lobster claw, silver-plated brass, 14x8mm with swivel (1 clasp)
Cord, Satinique, satin, purple, 1.5mm small
Cord, Satinique, satin, orange, 1.5mm small
Cord, Satinique, satin, dark green, 1.5mm small
Wire, Zebra Wire, silver-plated copper, round, 20 gauge
Thread, Nymo, nylon, black, size D
Adhesive, E6000 Fray Lock, crystal clear
Kumihimo disk, EVA foam
Pliers, EUROTOOL, tapered
Learn how easy it is to embellish a kumihimo bracelet with wire. Join Rose as she teaches the simple steps of wire-wrapping a kumihimo bracelet from start to finish.
Cut 3-foot lengths of 1.5mm Satinique™--two purple, two orange and two dark green.
Cut one 4-inch length of 20-gauge wire.
Using the 4-inch length of wire, create a simple loop approximately 2 inches from the end. Both ends of the wire should be parallel when finished.
Gather the cords and fold in half. Tightly wrap the straight ends of the looped wire around all the cords at the fold. Trim the shorter end of the wire.
Insert the knotted end of the cords into the center of a round kumihimo disk. Place the cords as shown.
Move the lower right green cord up and secure in the #2 slot.
Move the upper left green cord down and secure in the #18 slot.
Rotate the disk a 1/4 turn counter-clockwise, moving the purple cords into the vertical position.
Move the lower right purple cord up and secure in the #6 slot. Move the upper left purple cord down and secure in the #22 slot.
Rotate the disk a 1/4 turn counter-clockwise, moving the orange cords into the vertical position.
Move the lower right orange cord up and secure in the #14 slot. Move the upper left orange cord down and secure in the #29 slot.
Repeat Steps 4 - 6 until the braid is approximately 1/2 inch from the desired length.
Insert the head of a head pin into the center of the braided cords. Continue to braid the design until the head pin is secured.
Remove the cords from the disk and gather together. Use a length of nylon thread to tie a whipping knot, close to the head of the head pin, then trim excess braiding cords.
Using the secured head pin, create a wrapped loop.
Repeat with the excess wire at the opposite end of the braid.
Working off the spool, insert and tightly wrap the end of a 20-gauge wire around the wrapped loop at one end of the braid, just under the loop, 3 to 4 times.
Trim the short end of the wire.
Still working off the spool, continue to wrap the wire toward the braid, expanding gradually to create a cone effect.
Wrap over the end of the braid for two to three rotations then spiral the wire down the length of the braid.
Repeat Steps 10 and 11 in reverse to duplicate the wrapped cone effect on the opposite end of the braid.
Use a 4mm jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp to the loop at one end of the bracelet. Repeat to add a second jump ring parallel to the first to create double jump rings.
Add double 6.5x5mm oval jump rings to the loop at the opposite end of the bracelet.
Use double 4mm jump rings to attach a second set of double oval jump rings to the first set. Repeat three more times.
Add one more set of double 4mm jump rings to the extender chain.
Use an oval jump ring to attach a sun charm to the last set of 4mm jump rings.
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