Finished kumihimo bracelets

I’ve been working hard the last few days trying to get some kumihimo bracelets ready for sale. I have to say I love making them and I’m getting better at figuring out how the design will turn out according to how I place the bead colours. So far, I’ve only used the eight warp design but I’m very curious about the 16 warp method. The warp is what each of the cords are called. In the picture below I have set up eight cords (warps) and have already started braiding. The kumihimo disc is made of a hard foam with 32 notches, which means you can make a braid with 32 warps. That’s one for the future, I think, lol. I’m holding the disc upside down (according to the writing) because you turn the disc everytime you’ve moved two of the warps. I have three at the top to remind me how far I’ve gotten. To start up again I will move the warp at the top right down to the right of the lower warp and then turn the disc 90 degrees. Now the warps are paired two and two and I will then move the warp from the lower left to the top left and then repeat by moving the top right warp down to the lower right and turn the disc. Does this make any sense?

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At this point I’d like to introduce the bracelets I’ve made so far. I started with a white and red polkadot design that I really want for myself. In fact, every time I made a bracelet I thought “Hmm… Maybe I should make one of these for myself as well”, which really isn’t good for business at all. This is the finished product. You can enlarge the image by clicking it.

kumihimo polkadot white_red

The red beads are a transparent almost sherbert red and the whites are opaque. I’ve attached a little hand charm that says “handmade” because I thought they were really pretty and adds a little extra touch to the bracelet. My next adventure into kumihimo braiding produced this striped blue and white bracelet.

kumihimo blue_white

Then I made my first frosted bracelet with a larger size beads. I was very intrigued by these frosted purple and gold beads in size 6, which are 4mm. They make the bracelet a little more chunky, which I like.

kumihimo frosted purple_gold

The last bracelet I’ve made is another striped (or twirly) pattern with beads in white and two rainbow colours, one in blue and the other in emerald. They match really well but still contrast nicely so giving life to the bracelet.

kumihimo white_rainbow

All these bracelets are for sale in my shop The Blue Oak Tree on Etsy. Unfortunately I can’t ship worldwide. At least not yet. The rules on import/export are very confusing and one misstep slams you with a fine. I have to do more research into the matter because I would really like to sell worldwide one day.

Thank you for spending time with me.

-Stine

pile of kumihimos

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Testing kumihimo bracelets

A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to try making kumihimo bracelets. Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique used to make cords. The Japanese warriors would use these cords to string their armour together as early as the 5th century.

I had had my eye on some kumihimo seed beads for a while because they were so beautiful but I wasn’t sure what project to make with them. Then I found a kit that contained everything needed to make a kumihimo cord bracelet and decided this was a great project for me to try out. And it was! Here’s a picture of how it turned out.

ImageI wasn’t able to chose the colours of the cord myself but I still like how it turned out and it’s very lightweight and comfortable to wear.

After this roaring success I went back to have a look at the beautiful beads and chose a few to try out as well as some cord and a few other things that will come in handy. The first beaded bracelet I made was for myself and here it is:

ImageI chose beads in blue and purple and it turned out so well (except I managed to glue two of my fingers together with super glue when I attached the cord ends. Don’t tell anybody). I just have to attach a clasp, then it’s ready.

The next step was to try making a bracelet with some nylon cord I had purchased for the same purpose. Here’s a picture of the unfinished bracelet:

ImageI do like the colours (it wasn’t intentional that they are the same as the beaded bracelet :))but I don’t think this cord is the best to use for kumihimo because it’s so chunky. Then again, it could be used for a man’s bracelet, since their wrists are generally thicker. The problem is to find a cord end that is large enough to fit the ends into. I do have a plan to make this work but I think these bracelets will be a one off in my shop until I’ve used all the silk cords.

So, the next step is to make a beaded bracelet to put up for sale in my shop. I have beads in red, blue, purple, white, black and a few others so I can make a variety for people to chose from. My ultimate goal is to let the cutomers chose the colours and design of the bracelet, but for now I’m going to see if these first few kumihimo bracelets will be of any interest.

If you are interested in purchasing a kumihimo bracelet you can visit my shop The Blue Oak Tree on Etsy. They should be up in a few days.

-Stine.

Hello!

First post should be an introduction, I think. So, hello, my name is Stine and I come from Denmark. I have recently started my own business and have opened a shop on Etsy called The Blue Oak Tree. I mainly focus on making bracelets but a few other things have sneaked in, like a makeup bag. I have ideas for more products and different jewelry and my aim with this blog is to tell about all of this and show what I’m working on. I hope you will find it interesting and stick around for a bit.

-Stine.

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