You just need a few special tools to get started making beautiful kumihimo jewelry: kumihimo disk, weighted bobbins, and center weight.
The Essential Kumihimo Tool Kit includes:
One 4" kumihimo disk with 1 3/8" (3.5cm) center hole. The disk is 1/2" (~1cm) thick. This is the standard size that you'll use to assemble all of your Design & Adorn kumihimo kits.
Eight weighted bobbins. Weighted bobbins help to control the braid tension and keep thin strings from slipping and sliding across the disk as you work. Each weighted bobbin weighs approximately 23g.
One clip-on center weight. Having downward tension in the braid makes it easier to lock your beads in place. This center weight weighs approximately 45g. The attached alligator clip makes it super easy to clip onto your braid tails and it will stay there securely while you work.
You also need good sharp scissors that can cut nicely through a braid 4mm - 8mm thick. Do you have some already in your crafting tool collection at home? If not, add a pair of scissors to your tool kit. Our kumihimo scissors have extremely sharp serrated blades. They come with an attached case to protect the tip and to protect you when reaching into your project bag. With the case on, they're just under 5" long.
Are you in the Tucson area? We offer contact-free local pickup Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Appointment required. We'll email you a scheduling link when your order is ready.