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Over the rainbow kumihimo bracelet

Work a cloud of teardrops across the top of a kumihimo braid — they’ll appear to float between two other braids when discreetly joined on the back. 

SUPPLIES

hematite bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 96 6 x 4 mm teardrop beads, top drilled (Czech, jet AB)
  • 35 6 mm CzechMates two-hole lentil beads (silver pearl)
  • 26 g 8/0 seed beads (Toho 81, metallic hematite)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 81, metallic hematite)
  • 1 1-in. (2.5 cm) 3-strand magnetic clasp (www.adriennegaskell.com)
  • 1 10 mm (or larger) split ring
  • S-Lon nylon cord (Tex 210, black)
  • Fray Check
  • Fireline, 6 or 8 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • kumihimo disk with 8 plastic bobbins and counterweight; or marudai with 8 tama and counterweight
  • crimping pliers
  • 2 Bead Stoppers
  • hemostat
  • cord burner
  • Two-part epoxy and toothpick
  • vise 

silver bracelet colors

  • 6 x 4 mm teardrop beads, top drilled (Czech, crystal AB)
  • 6 mm CzechMates two-hole lentil beads (silver pearl)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 711, nickel- plated silver)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 53, gray) 

teal bracelet colors 

  • 6 x 4 mm teardrop beads, top drilled (Czech, crystal AB)
  • 6 mm CzechMates two-hole lentil beads (silver pearl)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Toho 995, aqua gold-lined rainbow)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 995, aqua gold-lined rainbow)

INSTRUCTIONS

Setup for the center braid

1. Cut four cords to 6 ft. (1.8 m) each, and set up your marudai or disk for an eight-cord kongoh gumi.


NOTE: Trimming and coating the ends of the cords with Fray Check makes it possible to string the beads directly onto the cord, rather than using a Big Eye needle, which might be difficult to pass through the lentil beads and teardrops.


2. String each cord with the beads. These instructions result in a 7-in. (18 cm) finished bracelet, including a 1-in. (2.5 cm) clasp. Note that each cord should have a total of 42 beads. For a larger or smaller bracelet, please see “Bracelet sizing,” below, which will have you adjust the number of 8/0s in brackets at the start and end of each cord. If you are adjusting the finished size, all cords should still have the same number of beads. After stringing each cord, wind the end of the cord around a bobbin or tama.

Over the rainbow kumihimo bracelet Center Braid
Pattern for the center braid
Making the center braid

Cord 1: 

  • [Nine 8/0s]
  • Two teardrops, one lentil, one 8/0. String this pattern a total of six times.
  • [Nine 8/0s]

Cords 2 and 3: 

  • [Nine 8/0s]
  • One teardrop, two 8/0s
  • Two teardrops, two 8/0s. String this pattern a total of five times.
  • One teardrop
  • [Nine 8/0s]

Cord 4: 

  • [Nine 8/0s]
  • Two 8/0s, two teardrops. String this pattern a total of six times.
  • [Nine 8/0s]

Cord 5: 

  • [Nine 8/0s]
  • Two 8/0s, two teardrops
  • One lentil, one 8/0, two teardrops. String this pattern a total of five times.
  • [Nine 8/0s]

Cords 6 and 7: 

  • [Nine 8/0s]
  • One 8/0, two teardrops
  • Two 8/0s, two teardrops. String this pattern a total of five times.
  • One 8/0
  • [Nine 8/0s]

Cord 8:  

  • [Nine 8/0s]
  • Two teardrops, two 8/0s. String this pattern a total of six times.
  • [Nine 8/0s]

Center braid instructions

1. Work a kongoh gumi with just the cords (no beads) for 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm). Make sure that you end with all the cords in their original positions. 

2. Continue using 2-drop Kongoh, dropping one bead on each cord with each pair of cord movements.


NOTE: Make sure that each bead stays in position under its crossing cord; the teardrops can be a challenge. Also, if you notice a twist in your braid (PHOTO A), no worries. It will straighten out when attached to the side braids.


3. When all the beads have been incorporated into the braid, work 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) with just the cords.

4. Lift the braid from the marudai or disk. Finish the braid by binding and cutting or sealing the end of the braid with a cord burner. Set the center braid aside.

Over the rainbow kumihimo bracelet Photo A
PHOTO A

For instructions on making the side braids and finishing your bracelet, please refer to the PDF. You can download it or print it!

BRACELET SIZING
For a 7-in. (18 cm) finished bracelet, including a 1-in. (2.5 cm) clasp, follow the instructions as written. Need a different size? Select the desired length below, substituting the number of 8/0s in brackets [ ]. When you string the beads on the cords, string this number of 8/0s wherever you see brackets [ ] in the instructions. Measurements are approximate, and results can vary depending on individual braid tension and bead manufacturer. The calculations are based on Japanese seed beads (Toho brand).
 
Braceletsizing
Over the rainbow kumihimo bracelet back of bracelet
A look at the back of a finished bracelet. The underside of the bracelet shows how the braids are joined, with each side braid being attached to the center braid through the bottom hole of the two-hole lentil.
 
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