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Kumihimo Candy Twist Bracelet

You will need:

Kumihimo Disk – round (249447)
50m Waxed Cotton Cord: Berries (264786.000.83M)
20 Round End Caps: 10 Silver & 10 Gold (264783)
20 Lobster Claw Clasps & 20 Spring ring clasps (264784)

(You will be able to make several bracelets from this materials list and is a guideline of the basics to do so!)

Precision Pliers Set (238623)
Tape Measure or Ruler
Ordinary Sewing cotton
Strong Glue

Create an elegant form of the traditional friendship bracelet using a Kumihimo braiding disk.

Top Tip
If you have to stop before you have completed your braid, mark the last colour you moved with a scrap of thread.
To Create (for clarity, a different type of cord has been used in the photographs.

Step 1

Select the pink, dark lavender, maroon and lilac colours of waxed cord and cut two 100cm lengths from each.

Bring all eight strands together. Fold them exactly in half and tie a short piece of cord or thread around the strands at this half way point. Push the folded section though the central hole in your braiding disk.

When you begin braiding, you may find it useful to tie a weight to the short piece of cord – some beads in an organza bag work well.

Step 2

Slot the cords into notches on the disk in the following order:

First, two lilac strands either side of tabs ‘32’ and ‘16’.

Next, two pink strands either side of tabs ‘4’ and ‘20’.

Then, two dark lavender strands either side of tabs ‘8’ and ‘24’.

Finally, two maroon strands either side of tabs ‘12’ and ‘28’.

Step 3

Now you can begin braiding. Hold the disk so that tab‘32’ is furthest from you.

Take the lilac cord to the right of ‘32’ out of its slot, bring it across the disk towards you and put it into the slot between ‘14’ & ‘15’. The picture shows this first move.

Next, take lilac cord between ‘16’ & ‘17’ and carry it across the disk away from you and put it into the slot between ‘30’ & ‘31’.

Step 4

Rotate the disk anti-clockwise, 1/8th of a turn so that tab ‘4’ is furthest away from you. Now working with this new colour, bring the farthest right-hand cord towards you and slot it into the notch to the right of the bottom cords (the photograph shows this first move).

Then take the left-hand cord at the bottom and carry it across the disk away from you and put it into the slot to left of the farthest cord.

Repeat this sequence for each colour in turn, rotating the disk anti-clockwise each time.

Step 5

Keep braiding till you have the desired length then add a further 2cm or so. Now the braid is complete you need to secure the ends of the finish cord.

Before removing from the disc, knot a scrap of ordinary sewing cotton around the braid so that it can’t unravel.

Next, detach it from the disc, wrap another piece of sewing cotton tightly around the braid seven or eight times and finish with a neat knot. It doesn’t matter what colour cotton you use as it will be hidden within the bead cap.

Step 6

Trim back the excess braid and thread near to the cotton wrap as shown. Take a bead cap and check the wrapped end will fit into it without showing the cotton – trim back the braid again if necessary.

Apply glue into the cap then carefully push the braid into it. Repeat at the other end and leave to dry completely.

To finish the bracelet use jump rings to connect a clasp; you may like to add a fancy bar and loop clasp similar to the one shown.

The finished project.