• How to Make Kumihimo Bracelet

    Kumihimo is an old Japanese braiding style that uses several cords or ribbons. You often find this pattern in bracelets, but you can also see this design in necklaces.

    The best thing about Kumihimo braids is that the patterns are endless. You can create different designs by just changing the number of strands and the Kumihimo disk. You can even add beads if you want.

    Materials and Tools for Making a Kumihimo Bracelet

    Listed below are the things you should get when making a Kumihimo bracelet:

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    • Beading Cord
    • Clasp
    • Kumihimo Disk
    • Jewelry Gel

    Kumihimo Bracelet Instructions

    Part 1: Setting Up the Kumihimo Disk

    Step 1: Grab all eight cords and tie a knot to one end. Use bobbins if your strands are a bit long to keep them from tangling.

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    Step 2: Place the knotted end in the middle loop of the disk.

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    Step 3: Spread the strings into four sections with two cords each. Put them on the disk at the black positioning dots.

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    Step 4: Starting from the top, place one string on either side of the dot, then pull it through the slits.

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    Step 5: Go to the bottom part of the disk and place one cord on each side of the dot. Keep enough pressure on the strands so that the tied tip in the middle hole of the plate stays in place.

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    Step 6: Do the same thing on the right-hand side of the disk, putting a cord between each side of the dot.

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    Step 7: Move to the left side and repeat the process. You now have a cross on top of the plate with a knot in the middle of it.

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    Part 2: Starting the Braid

    Step 8: The slots will be quite snug on your first use. Don't be afraid to pull the strands little more to keep them in place, as it does not break the disk.

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    Step 9: Start moving one of the bottom cords to the opposite side of the disk.

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    Step 10: Move the upper-right strand to the bottom-right section of the plate. Be sure to keep the same amount of tension while weaving so that you can make a smooth braid with no bumps.

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    Step 11: Turn the disk 45 degrees in a clockwise motion. The left positioning point should now be at the top.

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    Step 12: Repeat steps 9 to 11 until you reach your desired length.

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    Part 3: Finishing the Bracelet

    Step 13: Remove the braided cord from disk and tie a knot to the free end.

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    Step 14: Tie a knot near the end of the braid with Nymo D String.

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    Step 15: Wrap the Nymo D String around the braid as tight as possible. Use the other end of the Nymo D String to wrap the opposite side of the braided bracelet.

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    Step 16: Tie a knot in the Nymo and burn the edges to cut the excess.

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    Step 17: Trim off the knot from the braid.

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    Step 18: Cut the end but make sure you have enough size for the crimp end with a hoop.

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    Step 19: Slip the crimp end toward the tip of the braid to hide the Nymo D string and pinch it with a pair of chain-nose pliers.

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    Your bracelet is complete. Have fun making your Kumihimo bracelet!