Archive | November, 2012

Kumihimo bracelet stretched

29 Nov

Our experience has been a Kumihimo bracelet made with cord, (we use C-Lon or S-Lon), will stretch if it gets wet. Be careful about wearing it when washing your hands. I made a beautiful black bracelet with C-lon and Magatama beads. A few weeks later I found it had stretched about a half an inch. This made the problem even worse because the longer the bracelet got, the more likely it was to get wet when washing hands. This has only happened on the one occasion, however, it is a good tip to know.

So be sure to take the bracelet off or push it up on the wrist when washing hands. See our beautiful Kumihimo bracelets at CAAZandeffect

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Kumihimo bracelet with Magatama beads cost per bracelet

11 Nov

We were recently discussing our Kumihimo bracelets with Magatama beads and the cost per bracelet.

I thought I would share a perspective of what is takes to create one of our CAAZ and effect Kumihimo bracelets with Magatama seed beads. First we need supplies; a beading mat, braiding disk, plastic bobbins, beading needle, scissors, hanging weight, and book with pattern suggestions.

Next we need materials. We typically use Magatama beads and C-Lon cord. A tube of long Magatama beads costs anywhere from $5 to $12 a tube. We usually use from three to five colors. C-Lon cord runs about $4 per spool and we match the color of our cord to the bead, using several colors per bracelet.

Once we have counted out the beads for each of the eight strands, string the beads, and wind the cord on the bobbins, it’s time to braid. It takes about two hours to complete the braiding process. Once the braid is complete it’s on to finish the piece. This includes a button, large bead, and often a charm. Each of these items need to be purchased adding to the production cost.

We sell our Kumihimo bracelets with Magatama beads for $48. Unfortunately not a lot of profit. It’s a good thing we love the creative process!

Feel free to view our products at CAAZandeffect

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Kumihimo and fiber

6 Nov

Kumihimo braiding with fiber has endless possibilities. Ribbon, cord, yarn, leather, satin, almost anything can be used to create a fabulous kumihimo piece. Be sure to test your fiber for stretching. It isn’t fun to create a piece thinking it will be one length only to find out when pulled, it multiplies in size. For example, we tried braiding a ribbon made of 26% nylon, 74% polyester, only to find our careful calculations for a seven inch bracelet turned into a ten inch bracelet when completed due to stretching. If you use a heavy weight with your creation, as you braid it, you will notice it get skinnier and longer. We found that 100% polyester works best. Stay away from anything with nylon in it. Satin cord and most yarns work well without stretching. If your fiber stretches before you make the piece, it will definitely stretch when completed and unfortunately it doesn’t shrink back to the smaller size.

View our Kumihimo bracelets with Magatama beads here…CAAZandeffect

Friendship bracelets, is the effort worth the price?

2 Nov

Today we researched making friendship bracelets to accompany our kumihimo bracelets. We really like the look of variations in stacked bracelets. First we needed the material and most tutorials say to use cotton pearl thread, or more commonly known as crochet thread, size five. So we purchased about twenty colors from $1.29 to $1.69 each and a book for $15.95. The instructions state to use several colors per bracelet. Then we researched the technique for each pattern. After about an hour of research we began to knot the friendship bracelet. We will readily admit that we were intimidated that the descriptions for most of the friendship bracelet tutorials were accompanied by either a picture of a child or the words “children’s activity”. It didn’t seem like a children’s activity to us. After about another hour and a quarter inch of bracelet, we decided to run to the local five and dime store to see what mass produced friendship bracelets were selling for. As you can see from the picture you can buy a pretty nice looking friendship bracelet for anywhere from $2.95 to $6.95 (depending on the material used). That was our big aha moment. No more friendship bracelet making for us. We still like the idea of stacking Kumihimo and corded bracelets, we just need to find summer camp attendees to make our friendship bracelets…haha!

You can view our Kumihimo bracelets with Magatama beads here…CAAZandeffect

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