How to Make a Spiral Kumihimo Braid
Instructions by Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® In this style of braid, the numbers change position as the disc is turned in a counter-clockwise direction. The kumihimo disk has 32 numbered slots and 4 dots indicating North, East, South and West. To determine strand length needed, multiply desired finished length by 3. Example: If you want a 20-inch necklace, you will need 60 inches of cord. Because you are folding four cords in half to make eight cords, you will need to cut four strands 120 inches each. Hold the folded cord end firmly in place on the underside of the disc while setting up the face of the disc. With North at the top of the disc, you are ready to start your braid.
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