Mixed hand-made cord necklace

Necklace made with three-colour Viking Knit cord and cotton Kumihimo cord (accented by three rhinestone rhondelles)

Necklace made with three-colour Viking Knit cord and cotton Kumihimo cord (accented by three rhinestone rhondelles)

When finishing off the black and red Kumihimo cord, I also decided to use some of the “leftover” Kumihimo cord from my first Kumihimo project (a purple cotton cord with transitioning purple beads) along with some Viking Knit.

This project also uses some “leftover” Viking Knit from the tri-colour Viking Knit project.  I had some chain leftover from the necklace, so I drew it through my draw plate even further, but wasn’t able to get enough (at the smallest draw-plate hole I have) to make another necklace.

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Red & black Kumihimo

Cotton red and black Kuminimo cord  (inspired by the colours of Finish metal band Turisas) topped off with horse-head terminals

Cotton red and black Kuminimo cord (inspired by the colours of Finish metal band Turisas) topped off with horse-head terminals

This project has been sitting in my to-finish pile for a while. The start of this project is here: Kumihimo Project #3 but I finally put the horse-head terminals on the end of the cord to finish it off. I’d held off on putting the terminals on because I really liked them – and wanted to see if I could do something different with the necklace… if only I could get more.

Well I did get more – but instead of using them with this cord, I used them on the stainless steel Viking Knit I posted not too long ago. Continue reading

Mirror Mirror Kumihimo

In a previous post about Kumihimo braiding, I talked about classes at Suzie Q beads. Well I got down to the shop again recently, and took a quick snapshot of one of the class projects they offer.

While I didn’t take the class – I noted that they use the same clasp as they do for the licorice leather projects – a clasp that I picked up the previous time I visited… perhaps a double-strand Kumihimo braid will be destined for that clasp!

Bracelet on display at Suzie Q beads

Bracelet on display at Suzie Q beads

While I was there I also looked at getting more of the pretty coloured leather cord that I picked up before… but my wallet was set on other lovely things that day, so I skipped it until next time.

Kumihimo #3

Kumihimo project #3

After looking at the pattern for the inspiration black and red piece (as mentioned in my previous Kumihimo post), I wanted to do a black and red one too – I love black and red together, and it reminds me of the logo colours (and song lyrics) for one of my favorite Finnish metal bands, Turisas.

Disc set up with a 12-strand set; 8 strands of red and 4 of black.

Disc set up with a 12-strand set; 8 strands of red and 4 of black.

The disc set up is a 12-strand (different than the 8-strand I did for the beaded bracelets) with 8 strands of red and 4 of black. The resulting braided cord is a red cord with a winding black thread. I love it! I’ve ordered a silver Mjölnir from a seller on Etsy which I’ll use with this cord. I’ll have to wait until I can get the pendant before finishing the cord – just in case the hole is only sufficient to accommodate the cord, and not also the end caps. I want to go with a Viking-esque feel because the resulting cord reminds me a bit of Viking knit (which I also want to learn!) and I think the whole effect will be great – plus a substantial pendant deserves a substantial and interesting cord!  I might do the reverse (a black cord with a winding red thread) for another, similar project.

The finished black and red cord.

The finished black and red cord.

I picked up some beautiful horse-head end caps at Beads & Plenty more (the same place I got the disc and cord) for $.75 each which echo the feeling of a lot of Viking jewellery (torcs) and I think will work great. Hopefully I’ll have a finished project to share soon!