Kumihimo Braiding Wheel
Kumihimo Braiding Wheel
Kumihimo Braiding Wheel This is a tutorial that shows you how to create a simple and cheap kumihimo wheel with things around your home. Kumihimo is known as a form of Japanese Braiding, an ancient technique from Japan. It can be used to create regular cord and beaded cords as well. The braids you create with this technique are used for so many different things like jewelry, cord, ribbons, bracelets, necklaces, belts, and so many other things. Created By: Victoria A. Inman Tools: • Ruler • String • Compass • Scissors • Box Cutter • A quarter Materials: • Cardboard (At least one section – 6x6 inches) • Glue • Marker • Pencil 1. To start you need to collect at sheet of cardboard, a ruler, a compass, a pencil and a length of string. 2. First you need to measure out a circle with a circumference of 3 inches. 3. You want to make sure that the center of the circle and the outline of the circle are dark enough to see well. If you think that your cardboard is not strong enough you can create one or two more circles to create a thicker kumihimo wheel. 4. Now you want to either measure out 3 inches of string or use a compass set to three inches. 5. You want to make sure that the string is pulled tight, and it measures out 3 inches from the center of the circle. Then, run the pencil through a loop on the end, and run the pencil around in a circle. 6. Next, take your box cutter and cut out the circle. Make sure to follow the lines and create an even circle all the way around. 7. Take your pencil and ruler dividing the circle into quarters. 8. Now you want to divide the four sections into eight. Make sure each section is even with the rest, so that you have eight even parts. 9. Next, you divide the eight sections into 16 sections. Remember you have to have even sections overall. 10. Now, you divide the 16 even sections into 32. You are done making sections, and you should have around 32 even parts. 11. This is the time that you want to glue the other layers of cardboard circles you made to thicken your kumihimo wheel. Now when you do this you want to check all the way around the circle to make sure that they line up evenly. If they don’t use your box cutter to trim the edges. 12. Taking your box cutter you want to cut a 5mm section out of each of the 32 lines. 13. Now that you have all of the 5mm sections removed on all of the 32 lines you can take your box cutter and trim down the line another 6-8mm. This allows you to have a better grip while working on your braiding. 14. Taking a quarter, place it within the center of your circle. Make sure that it is in the very center of your circle. Draw a circle around your quarter with your pencil. 15. Taking your box cutter, make your center hole where you outlined your quarter. This must be even all the way around like the outside circle. Trim the edges with your box cutter if they are uneven. 16. Now that you have the center circle, the outer circle and all the 32 lines of the sections done you can outline all of them with a bold marker. Then number each section individually. 17. This is how it should turn out in the end, with each of the sections numbered and all of the lines outlined. 18. If you want you can decorate your kumihimo with things like paint or wallpaper. As long as you can number the sections and outline the lines it shouldn’t be a problem. I just left mine as is, but it is an easy and cheap way of creating a kumihimo wheel for Japanese Braiding. Tips/Techniques: • • • • • • • • If you are using a compass to measure your circle, make sure that the setting doesn’t widen as you create your circle. If you are using a string and pencil for your circle, remember to draw the line tight. Measure the length of 3 inches from the tip of the pencil to the center of the circle. When using your box cutter go carefully and slowly. This will help you keep from going off of the circles outline. When you are drawing your sections you should use your ruler to make sure that you have evenly divided each of the sections. When cutting out the little sections on each of the 32 lines only cut around 5mm and make sure that they are thin. You can use this for a technique called Japanese braiding. It is an ancient form of braiding that the Japanese have used for centuries. There are so many different types of braiding that can be done with your Kumihimo Wheel. A few different types are the basic 4 strings braid, the 32string braid, the spiral braid, and the flat braid. To use this you need different materials like string, cord, yarn, ribbon, and many other things to braid. Then you also need scissors, a ruler, bobbins, and string to tie off the ends. These are just the basics though, but you can use these braids for so many different things, and they all look amazing. An example of Basic 4-String Braid made of Hemp and an example of Spiral Braiding in Yarn. Thank You! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions visit jewelrylessons.com. Please do not distribute, lend or copy. Do not mass-produce. Please always give credit to the designer. Thank you for respecting the designer's copyright. This tutorial is the Intellectual property of Victoria Inman. © All Rights Reserved. You may use the information in this Tutorial to create jewelry and to learn techniques on how to use wire. The project in this Tutorial is for personal use only. You may print a copy for personal use only. You may sell the jewelry you make from this tutorial but it must be made by you. You cannot DUPLICATE, REPRODUCE, share with others, lend or sell the written instructions or photos in the tutorial. You may not teach the design in this tutorial, as a part or a whole, in a live class or other venue without prior written permission. 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Kumihimo on a Plate
Step1: Move bottom right to top right. Step 2: Move top left to bottom left. Step 3: Rotate disk 90 degrees anti-clockwise.More information