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Large button lengthens Kumihimo bracelet

3 Jan

As you can see from our Kumihomo bracelets, we primarily use buttons for our closure method. Sometimes we find a fantastic large button.

Two cautions.

First, check to see if the button holes are large enough to get eight strands of cord through. There’s nothing so frustrating as selecting your Magatama beads, cord and button to match and then finding out you can’t use the button because the cord is to thick for the button holes.

Second, remember the larger the button, the longer your closure loop will be to fit around the button. So if you had a 3/4″button, for instance, your closure loop would be a bit larger than 3/4″ in diameter (which measures about an inch and three quarters of kumihimo braiding at the end). Not only does that lengthen your bracelet, it also makes the large closure loop a focal point. Since the loop is unadorned (no beads), the color of the cord is front and center. Also, be sure to reduce the number of Magatama beads or you will have a really long bracelet once it is clasped and the slack is hanging from the button.

To view our Kumihimo bracelets…CAAZandeffect
We hope these tips help you with your button selection for your Kumihimo bracelets.

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Magatama glass seed beads

25 Oct

When we first starting researching which materials we wanted to use for our Kumihimo bracelets, we noticed a longer glass seed bead among the common round glass seed beads. We loved the look. Now if we could find the bead!

We went on a search to find these unique beads in the local stores of San Diego. We quickly learned these beads have several descriptions; dragon tooth, dragon scales, long seed beads, 4×7 Magatama, peanut. It seemed each store had a different name for it. Even calling ahead didn’t work since the Magatama beads are called so many different names if they said they had magatama beads, we would arrive at the store only to find out if was either the wrong bead or they had one or two colors of it.

Next we researched the Internet and lo and behold, there they were. We now order the Magatama beads almost exclusively online. We love the shape, texture and array of colors in these beautiful beads. To view our kumihimo bracelets with Magatama beads…CAAZandeffect

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Difference between kumihimo and macramé

23 Oct

Typically macramé uses four strands of cord where kumihimo usually uses eight strands of cord.

I started doing macramé projects as a teenager. I made bracelets and plant hangers (remember hanging a fern in the corner of the living room inside a rope looking thing? That was macramé!). I used an old cardboard insert from a bolt of fabric to work the cord. I would pin the four strand cord by a knot at the top of the board then work my design down the board using a pattern of a forward or backward number 4. There has been a recent increase in macramé friendship bracelets.

More recently I discovered the more intricate work of kumihimo, an old Japanese technique. Kumihimo uses eight strands of cord and a braiding disk. The patterns change based on the color of cord and the placement of the cord on the disk. The braiding disk has a hole in the center and the finished product hangs from the center. The resulting product can be flat or round, thin or thick depending on the size of the cord.

Our creations can be viewed here…CAAZandeffect

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