You can make this fast and easy beginner kumihimo bracelet with beads project in two hours or less with seed beads, a foam kumihimo disk, stringing materials and a few finishing accessories. It makes a great first project for beginners!
First, learn how to set up the foam disk by making a practice project with these easy kumihimo braiding video instructions. Once you are comfortable with how to position the thread and work a simple 8-warp braid, follow the directions below to learn how to make a kumihimo bracelet with seed beads.
How to Set Up a Kumihimo Braiding Disk
Two-Hour Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet Instructions
- 8 strands #18 S-Lon Beading Thread (length should be three times the size of your wrist)
- 1 tube multicolored #6-0 Round Seed Beads (about 40 to 50 beads per thread strand)
- 1 Round Foam Kumihimo Braiding Disk
- 8 Medium Plastic Kumihimo Bobbins
- 1 Kumihimo Weight (a bag of pennies or marbles with a binder clip works well)
- 1 Set Glue-In End Clasp
- 1 Tube Zap Jewelry Gel or E6000 Glue
- 1 bottle Clear Fingernail Polish
- 1 pair Household Scissors
- 1 12-inch Ruler
Cut the appropriate strand lengths and tie together with an overhand knot.
Clip the kumihimo weight onto the knot and place through the hole in the foam disk.
Place two of the strands on either side of the "32"; then two strands on either side of the "16"; followed by two strands on either side of the "24" and "8" respectively.
Select a strand and add the beads. Wind around a bobbin and close to secure. Repeat for remaining strands.
When you have reached the desired length, remove the strands from the bobbins and tie together in an overhand knot.
Use fingernail polish to coat the braided cord ends up to where the beads begin; and let dry.
Measure the inside of the end caps and cut cord to fit.
Place a dab or two of glue inside each cap and slowly insert the cord ends. Let dry completely.
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