Braiding Thick Beaded Kumihimo with Inner Cores is now published as part of DIY Jewelry Making #62. This tutorial is written by one of our contributors –Elena Komina. Kumihimo is an ancient braiding technique that originated in Japan which means “gathered threads.” In this tutorial, we will show you how to make stunning kumihimo braids with a combination of seed beads to make fabulous jewelry! For step by step instruction, do log in to our member area to follow this project. If you are not a member yet, just subscribe from the link here.
The braiding of thick beaded Kumihimo (more than 8 strands) in some masters can cause difficulty. This tutorial will show you how to do this In a thick beaded Kumihimo, it is necessary to insert inside the inner core - a rope of a certain thickness. Otherwise, the beads will fall through and weave will not work. Color of inner core is not important, it will not be visible.
The table below shows the thickness of inner core for 10/0 and 11/0 seed beads:
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