It’s been a while since I had set to my Kumihimo disc. You see I’ve been in a crochet kind of a mood lately, but when I saw these snake closures (just search Ebay for “snake toggle clasp” – these suckers come direct from China and take about a month to receive) I knew I wanted some serpentine jewelry and this snake Kumihimo was born!
I’m not feeling overly chatty today, so let’s just hop to it, shall we? For this project you will need:
- Magatama seed beads
- C-Lon in matching colors
- Snake toggle clasp
- Aleene’s Jewelry Glue
- Wood skewer
- Glam It Up Gems (smallest)
- Kumihimo disc (or a set is a good bang for the buck)
- Kumihimo bobbins
Stringing on your beads is the most time consuming part of this process. You want ALL of the beads to be facing the exact same way so that they lay down smoothly like “scales”. I did each of my bracelets with the beads in different ways on the cord but they both turned out the same for me, so that doesn’t matter… just that they are all strung on exactly the same.
You will work a regular 8 strand Kumihimo braid. Nothing fancy, business as usual.
Apply glue to the braided C-lon ends and allow to fully dry (until hard). Bend the knot over to make the thickness of your cord bigger. You may need a set of pliers to help if your glue dried super hard.
Fill the end cap with glue about 75% of the way and shove onto the cord. Hold tightly so that the glue sets to the cord as well as the first round of beads on the cord.
I wanted my snakes to have fancy eyes so I busted out my glass crystals. This is totally optional.
Using a wood skewer apply glue into the eye socket of the snake. Using tweezers apply the crystal, moving as needed so that it sits right. Allow to dry and then do the same for the other eye.
Gah! Isn’t that closure super awesome? And I must say the crystals really set this one off!
And the braid takes on a scaled appearance that completes my “snake Kumihimo” look!
For my second I wanted something more subdued so my crystals weren’t bright or flashy and I used light colored beads.
And it was nice using only one color so I only needed one hue of the C-Lon.
What do you think? Do you love them as much as I do?