Illusionist kits are now in stock and ready to ship; however, at this late date, we can't be sure that they'll arrive in time for the Soft Flex Customer Appreciation Week Live Bead Along on Facebook Thursday, July 29th at 12:30 PM Pacific Time. I'll demo key techniques and we'll work on our projects together virtually. You'll need a kit for complete instructions with spacing measurements and stringing charts for the kumihimo.
They say a magician never reveals their secrets, but with The Illusionist necklace kit you'll peek behind the curtain to learn some very cool tricks. The Illusionist necklace features six strands of Czech glass beads that appear to float on Soft Flex beading wire. Six strands become three and then disappear into TierraCast hammered endcaps. From there the necklace transforms into a color changing beaded kumihimo braid.
The Illusionist 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. As for the floating beads in the focal area, you'll use basic jewelry making skills like cutting wire and crimping.
The Illusionist kit includes: detailed step-by-step written instructions, Soft Flex beading wire, Czech glass beads, Japanese seed beads, sterling silver or gold filled crimp beads, TierraCast endcaps, TierraCast magnetic clasp, TierraCast jump rings, big-eye needle, size 18 Superlon, binding thread, and E6000. This is a great style to wear long. Each Illusionist kit has enough materials to make a necklace up to 29" long. Of course, you can go as short as you'd like.
Techniques used: kumihimo (all levels) and basic jewelry making (beginner)
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, wire cutters, mighty crimping plier, chain nose pliers, and bent-nose pliers.
This is an original design by Rebecca Ann Combs of Design & Adorn. ©2021
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.
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.