Are you ready for something really exciting? How about wire-wrapping 200 beads before you start braiding! Hey wait - where are you going? It's not what you think! I have a neat trick that will make this go pretty quickly. Instead of using chainnose and roundnose pliers and wire cutters to make wire-wrapped loops, you can coil ballpins around bail-making pliers. Bail-making pliers are similar to roundnose pliers, except that the barrels aren't tapered. That means you'll get the same size coil every time.
All Wound Up is a kumihimo kit for all levels. Previous experience with the basic round braid (kongoh gumi) on the foam disk is helpful, but not required. If this is your very first beaded kumihimo project, please review our Beaded Kumihimo Starter Guide before beginning your necklace.
Techniques used: kumihimo and wire coiling
The All Wound Up kit includes printed instructions, big-eye needle, satin rattail, ball headpins, Czech glass round beads, Czech glass fire polished beads, stainless steel magnetic endcaps, size 11 Delica beads, beading thread, binding thread, and E6000 glue. You have enough materials to make one necklace up to 22" long.
You’ll need the following tools (not included) to complete the project: foam kumihimo disk (regular 1/2″ thickness), 8 weighted bobbins (~23g each), clip-on center weight (~45g), scissors, and 1.5mm/2mm bail-making pliers.
This is an original design by Rebecca Ann Combs of Design & Adorn. ©2019
The All Wound Up instructions also appear in Rebecca's third book Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry.
This kit and the included pattern are offered for sale for your personal use only. This pattern may not be copied, transmitted or taught without the express, written permission of Design & Adorn.
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