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Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry

Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry

Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry 2016 - Special
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Discover 20 all-new kumihimo projects featuring beads, findings, and exciting techniques. In Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry you’ll learn how to: • Craft beautiful braids on the disk or marudai. • Choose the right cords for your design. • Finish your pieces so they last a lifetime. • Create seamless joins. • Make beautiful jewelry you’ll love to wear!

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let the adventure begin!

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. - Joseph Campbell Are you ready to explore something new in jewelry making? Then dive headfirst into this issue of Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry! Its an exciting time to be involved in this craft because while kumihimo has been around for centuries, the relatively recent inclusion of beads has led to an explosion of creativity from modern artisans who are coming up with exciting new designs and ideas every day, launching kumihimo from the realm of beautiful cords to gorgeous, professional-quality jewelry. Many kumihimo devotees use the foam disk that was invented by Makiko Tada in the 1990s. It is, indeed, a handy and useful tool, especially because it is small, inexpensive,…

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supplies and terminology

As with any discipline, it is important to learn the terminology associated with it in order to communicate with others and advance one’s own knowledge. However, identifying a common kumihimo language has been a challenge due to the reluctance of many to use Japanese terms combined with the fact that braiding does not have its own English lexicon. This has resulted in some confusion and misinformation about kumihimo terminology. This guide is intended to help clarify concepts and enable the kumihimo community to share knowledge more easily through a common terminology. DISCLAIMER At the present time, there is no “Universal Kumihimo Terminology Council,” so the terms shown here are those most commonly used by the kumihimo masters. When there was no consensus among them, and multiple terms were used for the same…

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kumihimo basics

In this section, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to get started with the beaded kongoh gumi braid structure, which we’ll refer to as 2-drop kongoh throughout this issue. There are separate instructions for using a marudai and a disk, plus we have included tips on stringing beads, how to bind or seal your braids, and several additional basic techniques you’ll need to know as you create the projects in this issue. The projects in the first section are all kongoh gumi braids, most of them fully beaded. The second section features a variety of other braid structures. Much of the setup — such as how to wind beads onto a tama and how to make a slipping hitch — is the same or similar for these projects as for…

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basic techniques

Conditioning thread Use wax (beeswax or microcrystalline wax) or a thread conditioner (like Thread Heaven or Thread Magic), to condition nylon beading thread and Fireline. Wax smooths nylon fibers and adds tackiness that will stiffen your beadwork slightly. Conditioners add a static charge that causes the thread to repel itself, so don’t use it with doubled thread. All conditioners help thread resist wear. To condition, stretch nylon thread to remove the curl (you don’t need to stretch Fireline). Place the thread or Fireline on top of the conditioner, hold it in place with your thumb or finger, and pull the thread through the conditioner. Ending and adding thread To end a thread, sew back through the last few rows or rounds of beadwork, following the thread path of the stitch and tying two…

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finishing techniques

Finishing the ends of a kumihimo project can be done in several ways, and each method serves three primary purposes: • Provide a secure and sturdy way to attach a clasp or closure so you can wear your piece • Prevent the braid from coming undone — ever • Conceal the end of the braid Most of the projects in this issue use one of the following three finishing methods. Get familiar with them now so you know how to proceed when it’s time to finish your braids. Glue and end cap with loops or a magnetic clasp Magnetic clasps are great for finishing kumihimo ropes. Most varieties have a magnet on one end and an opening on the other, which is where the end of the braid is inserted. End caps have an opening on…

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spitfire necklace

Difficulty rating Materials necklace 19–20 in. (48–51 cm) • dagger beads -- 24 5 x 16 mm (red peacock) -- 24 3 x 10 mm (silver) • 24 3 mm fire-polished beads (gold) • 40 g 2.5 x 5 mm SuperUno beads (opaque red) • accent beads -- 2 6 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, light Siam) -- 2 5 mm round beads (silver plated) -- 2 4 mm round beads (gold plated) • toggle clasp (gold plated) • 2 22 x 10 mm cones (gold plated) • 12 in. (30 cm) 20-gauge wire (gold plated) • 2 4–6 mm jump rings • S-Lon nylon cord (Tex 210, red) • Big Eye needle or cord stiffener • kumihimo disk with 8 plastic bobbins and counterweight; or marudai with 8 tama and counterweight • 1 10 mm or larger split ring • chopstick and painter’s tape (if using marudai) • 2 pairs of…