Braiding Thick Beaded Kumihimo with Inner Cores by Elena Komina

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.


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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:

Take​ ​the​ ​required​ ​number​ ​of​ ​strands​ ​(12,​ ​16​ ​or​ ​20)​ ​and​ ​the​ ​inner​ ​core.​ ​Bind​ ​them​ ​all​ ​at​ ​one​ ​end. I​ ​usually​ ​do​ ​this​ ​with​ ​a​ ​knot.
Then​ ​insert​ ​strands​ ​to​ ​the​ ​slots​ ​of​ ​Kumihimo​ ​disk​ ​according​ ​to​ ​a​ ​table​ ​below:



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