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Braided flower jewelry

Create a necklace or bracelet of cascading blossoms in a kumihimo braid

Flowercup beads and seed beads are intertwined into an eight-strand kumihimo braided necklace and matching bracelet. This floral beaded set is sure to make a statement.

In the instructions below, we’ll get you started with the setup for this necklace. To view full instructions, download the free project PDF.

Materials

Both projects

  • S-Lon cord
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers
  • 8 bobbin
  • crochet hook (optional)
  • E6000 or other adhesive
  • kumihimo disk with weight or binder clip

Necklace 23 in. (58 cm)

  • 300 7 x 5 mm glass Flowercup beads (Czech, silver; www.kandrasbeads.com)
  • 24 g 8/0 seed beads (Toho 176B, transparent rainbow soft gray)
  • 5 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 176B, transparent rainbow soft gray)
  • clasp (www.agrainofsand.com)
  • 2 6 mm jump rings

Bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 72 7 x 5 mm glass Flowercup beads (Czech, silver; www.kandrasbeads.com)
  • 5 g 8/0 seed beads (Toho 176B, transparent rainbow soft gray)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 176B, transparent rainbow soft gray)
  • clasp (www.agrainofsand.com)
  • 2 6 mm jump rings

Instructions

Setup

[1] Cut eight 30-in. (76 cm) lengths of S-Lon cord.

[2] Tie an overhand knot at one end of a cord, and pick up 32 8/0 seed beads. Starting at the end with the knot, wrap the cord and the strung beads around a bobbin and secure, leaving 10 in. (25 cm) of cord to work with. Repeat this step three times for a total of four cords with 8/0s. These cords will be called 8/0 cords.

[3] For each of the remaining four cords, work as in step 2, but pick up the following beads: an 8/0; a repeating pattern of a 7 x 5 mm Flowercup bead (wide end to narrow end) and two 8/0s 30 times; an 8/0. These cords will be called Flowercup cords.

[4] Gather the ends of the cords, and tie them together with an overhand knot, leaving approximately 4 in. (10 cm) of cord free between the knot and the beads. Feed the knot through the center hole of the kumihimo disk from front to back, and attach a weight or binder clip.

[5] Position an 8/0 cord in the slit just to the left of the top-center or 12 o’clock position of the disk. Position a Flowercup cord in the slit just to the right of the top-center position. Turn the disk a quarter turn clockwise so a new set of slits is available. Repeat this step to position the remaining cords.

For full instructions, download the free project PDF.

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