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Kumihimo dragonfly necklace

Incorporate crystal rondelles and dagger beads into a kumihimo rope, and watch the whimsy take flight.
Full necklace

Design alternative: This necklace features 5 x 16 mm dagger beads, and the dragonflies measure 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) across the wings. For smaller dragonflies, use 3 x 10 mm daggers.

SUPPLIES

necklace 19 1⁄2 in. (49.5 cm)

  • 20 5 x 16 mm or 3 x 10 mm dagger beads (black peacock)
  • 25 3 x 4 mm crystal rondelles (Swarovski 5040, jet)
  • 23 g 8/0 seed beads (Toho 112, transparent gray luster)
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • 2 3 mm inside diameter segmented crimp cord ends
  • 1 4–6 mm jump ring
  • C-Lon nylon cord (Tex 210, gray)
  • Big Eye needle or cord stiffener
  • kumihimo disk with 8 plastic bobbins and counterweight; or marudai with 8 tama and counterweight
  • 1 10 mm or larger split ring
  • chopstick (if using a marudai)
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers
  • cord burner (optional)
  • two-part epoxy and toothpick

Basic techniques

INSTRUCTIONS

SETUP

1. Cut four cords to 8 ft. (2.5 m) each, and set up your marudai or disk for kongoh gumi. If desired, apply cord stiffener to the end of each cord.

2. String each cord with the beads listed in the Bead & cord layout (below). Note that each cord should end with a total of 116 beads. After stringing each cord, wind the end of the cord around a bobbin or tama.

Figure 1
Figure 2
Braid

1. Work in kongoh gumi with just the cords (no beads) for about 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm). Make sure that you end with all the cords in their original positions, as in the Bead & cord layout.

2. Continue in two-drop kongoh, dropping one bead on each cord with each pair of cord movements.

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 the end or sealing the end of the braid with a cord burner.

Finishing
Finish this bracelet with glue and crimp ends. Once the crimp ends have been attached, open a 4–6 mm jump ring, and attach one crimp end to a lobster claw clasp.
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