Love the Earth Bracelet
Designer: Julie Bean
The earth tones of this bracelet remind me of camping and the outdoors. The design is a 10-warp flat kumihimo braid, very fashionable and easy to make!
For this project we are going to be braiding a flat 10-warp kumihimo braid.
Start by choosing which colors from your cord mix you want to use. Each color comes in a 3 yard length. You will need a total of 10 cords which are 24" long each. Select and cut your cords.
For the design of this bracelet, we are going to just go for a random pattern. Please watch the video on How to 10-Warp Flat Braid Kumihimo. From the video, line up your cords on the square kumihimo disc as shown and wind your bobbins. If you are completely new to Kumihimo, you might find it helpful to watch the beginning of the video on making an 8-warp round braid. It explains winding of the bobbins, lining up your thread, weighting down your braid, etc.
Braid 7". Without removing your braid from the disc, carefully try to wrap the braid around your wrist. The clasp will add about 1/2" more and you will need to allow for room to finish and tie off your braid too (video in the next step). See if you need to braid more length for a comfortable fit. When you are happy with the length, go to the next step.
Now, please watch the video on how to tie off and finish your Kumihimo braid ends. Do so on both sides of your braid and attach your cord end crimps as shown in the video.
Open a jump ring and link it to the loop at the end of your cord end crimp and also the loop at the base of your lobster clasp. Close the jump ring. Go to the other side of your bracelet and repeat this step except attach a 6mm jump ring instead of your lobster clasp.
So many colors to choose from!
When substituting in items, pay attention to sizes and styles to make sure all your pieces will fit together.
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