Make A Friendship Band in 15 Minutes in Super Fast Time

You can make a Friendship Band in 15 minutes or less, in super fast time.
Here’s how : Kumihimo Kumiloom Braiding Instructions – Video demo.

I came across this video demo from YouTube and tried my hand at it. Looks like a very traditional Japanese Art in simplified form. I succeeded in making a wrist band.
Amazing! It turned out to be a great way to braid a friendship band.

Making A Friendship Band For My Best Friend.

For my first try, I used a small paper plate as the kumiloom.
And it works fine for this simple design.

Kumihimo Paper Loom

  1. Using a color marker, mark the edge of the paper plate like a compass, North, South, East, and West. There! You have 4 quarters.
  2. Then, divide again till you get another 4 segments in each quarter. Altogether you will have 16 segments. fine for this easy to follow video demo.
  3. Make a hole in the middle of the paper plate.
  4. Next, cut 2cm slits on all the markings around the edge.  The paper kumiloom is ready for use.

I used 2 colors for a start and quite happy with the completed friendship band.

kumihimo Paper Loom and Braid

Kumihimo Paper Loom and Braid

Braid with Focal Bead

By changing the colors and the number of strings, I would probably get very interesting results. 
You can see that I have added a large focal bead to make it more attractive. Actually, I had trouble finding a large bead with large hole, so I made my own focal bead using 4mm crystal beads. It turned out quite nicely.

So What is Kumihimo?

Interesting answer from Wikipedia :
“Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands.

Kumihimo cord was first created by a form of finger-loop braiding. Later tools such as the Marudai and the Takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. The most prominent historical use of the cords were by Samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armor, and that of their horses’ armor (barding). Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi (kimono sash).”.

5 Great DIY Jewelry Sites : Tips and Tricks

5 Great DIY Jewelry Sites : Tips and Tricks to Handmade Beaded Jewelry.
5 Great Treats for all Beginners in Handmade Beaded Jewelry, fantastic web sites to visit.

Treat No: 1
Jewelry Making at  
Great articles by Tammy Powley.  Free tutorials for beginners, large database of resources.  Free Jewelry Making E-course emailed weekly.

Treat No: 2
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads  is America’s Favorite Beading and Jewelry Supply Company. For more advanced designs, beautiful free catalog, how to, free tutorials and Design Gallery.  Huge traffic volume can be frustrating, just got to be patient and take a little longer to load the site.

Treat No: 3
Auntie’s Beads
Great instruction videos, basic technicques and interesting projects on video.
You can also find these videos on Youtube too. 

Treat No: 4
This beautiful project is from Wig Jig University.

Wiring techniques, choosing the right tools, how to use the jig, beginners instructions and many great projects.

Treat No: 5
Bead Online
Basic Jewelry Making techniques.  Graphics to show the steps to beautiful free projects.

Have a wonderful time! Happy Beading!

Make A Pair of Earrings With Wire Wrapping Video

Make a pair of Earrings with Wire Wrapping Video.  This is a free online Beading Video Program, Karla Kam that I found on Youtube and would love to share it with you.

In this video, the lead designer from Auntie’s Beads, Karla Schafer demonstrates how to make a set of earrings.  Using the wire wrapping technique, she makes a petty pair of pink rose quartz briolette earrings. I recommend this excellent video to beginners because she explains in a very clear tone and her step by step demonstration is very easy to follow. Have a go!