DIY: Leather & Chain Kumihimo Braid

KumihimoBracelets1 BaublesAndBeads.comAncient technique meet contemporary materials in this great Kumihimo braided bracelet design. Mixing leather and chain has never been so easy; add a flashy clasp and 30 minutes from now you will have yourself a new favorite bracelet. A bit of wire wrapping experience is helpful to get professional looking results but the braid itself is super easy when using the handy braiding disk.Kumihimo Braid Materials Baubles & Beads

Securing the First Side of Cords & ChainSecuring Cords Baubles & BeadsStep 1: Cut all cords and chains to length.

Step 2: Tie an overhand knot at the center point in each of the leather cords.

Step 3: Using a length of the wire, feed the wire through the center of the knot on the cords and the center link of the chains. Position the cords & chain about 3” from the end of the wire.

Step 4: Cross over the two sides of the wire directly above the cords and chain. Secure the cord & chain to the wire by wrapping the short wire end around the longer tightly, two times. Cut the short wire tail flush against the wraps. The ends are now secured.

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Step 5: Feed an end cap onto the end of the wire, hiding the wire connection.

Step 6: Feed on a daisy spacer bead for embellishment (optional).

Step 7: Make a wire wrapped loop on the end of the wire. (Later we will connect the clasp with jump rings.) Cut the remaining wire flush against the wire wrap.

Preparing the Cords and Chains for Braiding
There are four large black dots on the disk. These dots signify the starting position of each of the cords & chains. Our braiding material will be split up into 2 pairs of cords and 2 pairs of chains that will be positioned opposite of each other. Notice how the braiding disk has little slots that are numbered, while braiding we will moving along the disk in a counter clockwise fashion.StartingPointofBraid Baubles & BeadsStep 8: Position the secured end into the center of the disk, pointing away from you, and divide the cords and chain into pairs.

Step 9: Position the cords into the slots beside the top and bottom dots.

Step 10: Position the chains into the slots beside the dots on both sides.

Braiding the Cords & Chains
When braiding, try to maintain a consistent tension. The resulting braid should be centered in the middle of the disk hole. The resulting braid will be very tight and will require loosening for accurate length measurement.Step11-12 Baubles & BeadsStep 11: Bring the top right cord downward and position it into the bottom right slot of the disk.

Step 12: Bring the bottom left cord upward and position it into the top left slot of the disk. Turn the disk one quarter turn to the left (clockwise).Step13-14 Baubles & BeadsStep 13 Bring the top right chain downward and position it into the bottom right slot of the disk.

Step 14: Bring the bottom left chain upward and position it into the top left slot of the disk. Turn the disk one quarter turn to the left (clockwise).

Step 15: Repeat Steps 11-14 until your braid measures approximately 2.5 inches in length. Always complete the braid with the chains crossing over.LoosenTheBraid Baubles & BeadsStep 16: With the braid still positioned on the braiding disk, gently roll the braid between your fingers to loosen it. It should nearly double in length depending on the tension of the braid. The clasp and findings take up a lot of length in this design. An 8 inch bracelet is made up of about 5.25 inches of braid, ideal for a 6.5 inch wrist. Adjust the length of the braid to fit your needs.

Securing the 2nd Side of the BraidSteps18-20 Baubles & BeadsStep 17: Keep the braid on the disk. Tie the top right cord and the bottom right cord together into a tight double knot. Tie the two remaining cords together in the same way. Apply glue to both of the knots and allow the glue to dry.

Step 18: Cut the ends of the leather cords against the knots. Apply a bit of glue to the cut ends for added strength. Give the glue time to dry.

Step 19: Remove the chains from the braiding disk. Gather all four chains upward, above the leather cord knots.Finishing2ndSide BaublesAndBeads.comStep 20: Using a length of the wire, feed the wire through one link of each chain directly above the knots. Cut off the excess chain.

Step 21: Position the chains about 3” from the end of the wire. Bend the wire in half where the chains are attached to the wire. Secure the chain to the wire by wrapping the short wire end around the longer wire tightly, two times. Cut the short wire tail flush against the wraps. All ends are now secured.

Step 22: Repeat Steps 5-7 to position the end cap in place.AttachTheClasp BaublesAndBeads.comStep 23: Connect the clasp to the wire wrapped loops with jump rings.

Hooray! You’ve made your first Kumihimo braid. For your next project may we suggest using all leather or all chain in contrasting colors.

DIY -Galaxy Bracelet

GalaxysamplesTools Needed
Light-duty wire cutters
Chain nose pliers (2 pairs are helpful)
Hypo-Tube cement

Materials Needed For a 7″ Bracelet
1 1/2 yards .5mm leather
1 foot 3mm rolo chain, cut into two 6″ lengths
7 inches 3mm rhinestone chain
Four 6mm 18 gauge jump rings
1 toggle clasp

This design is made by feeding leather through every other link of two chains using a figure-8 pattern. Rhinestone chain is “caught” in the middle by crossing the leather over both the front and the back of the chain, between the rhinestone links. When weaving the chain it is important to keep the leather loose so that it rests along the outside edge of the chain links.

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Step 1: Attach a jump ring to the 1st link of each rolo chain using two pairs of chain nose pliers.

TIP: Notice how the links of the rolo chain are positioned so that each link alternates direction, one facing forward, one facing sideways. The leather is woven through the vertical links (those facing sideways).

Step 2: Feed the leather through the third link of each chain so that there are equal lengths of leather coming out each side of the chains.

Step 3: Feed one end of the leather into the next vertical link of both chains and pull it through loosely, using a figure-8 pattern.

Step 4: Feed the second end of the leather through the chains using the same technique so that both cords are running through the same links.

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Step 5: Position the 1st link of the rhinestone chain between the two strands of leather, one piece in front and one piece behind the space in between the rhinestone links. Keep the tension on the leather loose enough for the rhinestone chain to be positioned between the two rolo chains and the leather cord resting on the outside edge of the horizontal link.

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Step 6: Continue weaving the bracelet, feeding the leather cords through the vertical links in a figure-8 pattern, catching one rhinestone link with each stitch. Weave until the bracelet is 1 inch shorter than the desired finished length.

TIP: When weaving, drape the chains over your hand as you feed the leathers through, flipping the piece over as you work, feeding one leather on the front side of the piece and feeding the other leather through the backside of the piece.

Step 7:  Cut off any remaining rhinestone chain links and cut the rolo chains so that there are two links beyond the final leather stitch.

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Step 8: Tie the two strands of leather together in a square knot on the inside of the bracelet. Use cement glue to secure the knot and allow it to dry for 10 minutes. When dry, trim the ends of the leather with light-duty wire cutters.

Step 9: Attach the last links of the rolo chain with a jump ring using two pair of chain nose pliers.

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Step 10: Finish both ends of the bracelet by attaching each end of the clasp with a jump ring.

Designer’s Note: Adjustments to length can be made by using either longer or shorter chains. Adding additional jump rings at the end of the bracelet can also increase length. Enjoy!!

A big shout-out goes to Dean for the great design idea! Thanks, Dean -BSG

DIY -Woven Chain Mesh Bracelet

This bracelet feels so good around the wrist! It is easily customized by adding more or less strands of chain, our favorite width is made up of 7 strands.

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Tools Needed

Twisted Wire Needle
Hypo Tube Cement
Scissors
Chain Nose Pliers

Materials Needed

A materials kit is available Here

2 Feet 3mm Rolo Chain
2 Yards .8mm Chinese Knotting Cord
4 4mm Jump Rings, 18ga thickness
1 Toggle Clasp

Weaving the Chain Mesh

Step 1: Cut the chain into four equal lengths of 6 inches, don’t worry if the chains are off by a few links from cutting.

Step 2: Place the twisted wire needle onto the cord end. Using the needle, feed the cord through the 2nd link of each chain length. Leave a 4 inch tail to be woven in later.

Step 3: Using the needle, feed the cord into the 3rd link of each chain. Make certain the chain strands do not twist when weaving the cord in place. Each row of links should rest in the same direction across the row, alternating with the row above.

Step 4: Continue weaving the cord through the links of each successive row until the desired length is achieved; usually about 5 1/2″ of mesh weave. Do not weave the cord through the final row of links just yet.

Feed the cord through the links of the chain, one row at a time.

Feed the cord through the links of the chain, one row at a time.

Attaching the Clasp

Step 5: Using chainnose pliers, open a jump ring and feed it through the two center chain links. Close the ring tightly so that the ends of the ring are flush.

Step 6: Open a new jump ring and connect it to the jump ring of the previous step and the ring on the clasp. Close the ring securely.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 & 6 to attach the clasp on the opposite side of the woven mesh.

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Attach the clasp with jump rings to the two center chain links.

Securing the Cord Ends

Step 8: Using the needle, feed the cord through the 1st row of chain links. Secure it in place by feeding it back through both the 2nd and then the 3rd row.

Step 9: Cut the cord flush against the chain mesh. Apply a dab of Hypo-Tube cement glue to the cord end to glue it in place and keep the ends from fraying.

Weave the cord back through several rows and glue in place.

Weave the cord back through several rows and glue in place.

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