How To Make A Beaded Bracelet
Whether you're a professional jewellery-maker, or have never tried it before, it's fun to make one of these stunning bracelets. Our web exclusive bundle contains everything you need. Perfect to create for a gift!
- Riverside Beads Kumihimo Starter Kit
- 6mm Faceted Crystal Rounds
- Size 5 Seed Beads
- Size 8 Seed Beads
- 0.6mm Macrame Cord
- Kumihimo Disk
- 2mm Rattail
- 10mm End Caps
- 8mm End Caps
To create the beaded twist the technique of how you move the cords to is the same I will explain how to add the beads. Place the 4 strands together and fold them in half, tie the centre with a spare piece of cord. Push the centre of the cord through the middle hole of the disk (It can be useful to clip our kumihimo weight onto the scrap cord to help to pull the braid down)
Thread 25 size 8s on the cords to the right of 32 & 16, thread 25 size 5s on the cords to the right of 8, 15, 24 & 31, thread 25 6mm crystals onto the cords to the right of 7 & 23. If you are having trouble threading the beads on cut the cord at an angle and put clear nail varnish on to stiffen the cord.
Leave 10 beads on each cord on the top of the disk for ease of working, you can tie a knot in the bottom of each cord, then wrap the remaining cord and beads round your bobbins if you find it easier to manage them.
Take the cord between 32 & 1 and move it between 14 & 15, then take the cord between 16 & 17 and move it between 30 & 31, rotate the disk so "E" is at the top, complete about 10 braids without any beads (this is the cord you will attach the fastening to at the end a 6x7 bell closure) Take your next cord you are working on and push 10 beads onto the top of the disk for ease of working,
As you take the next cord over, push one bead down and rest it on the outside of the cord it is crossing, place the cord down as you normally would, repeat this on the cord you are taking up, again popping a bead down before you lay the cord in the disk, rotate the disk anti clockwise and repeat.
Remember to add a bead as you take each cord over and ensure none of the other beads slide into the centre as you are working, when you have used the 10 beads you have on your disk, undo your bobbins (If you are using them) and slid 10 more beads up.
This number of beads is a guide, if you need a few more or less you can untie your knots and add/take away a few to create the desired length. When your braid is finished, do 10 braids with no beads on either tie off the cord or add hypo cement to the centre of the braid to secure, then cut the surplus cord off.
Take your end caps and place E600 glue into the cap, put the end of the cord into the cap and twist to ensure the glue secures the cord into the ends, leave to dry.