This necklace was featured on the July 25th show and uses the 7 Warp spiral Template(available on my website) and the Dagger kit (available from JTV).
The photo below this one shows the order in which I loaded the beads,
Starting with the top row of beads in the photo: load each strand in the next sequential number. So the top row goes in slot #1, the second row goes in slot #2 and so on. Slot #8 remains empty. Each strand contains 40 total beads. Notice that on the large dagger strands (#6 & #7) that I used 5 small daggers at each end of the strand. Also, strand #3 has a different bead at the 2 ends. This yields a slightly slimmer braid at the start and finish of the braid. It's not necessary to do this, it's just a design option. Also, if you find that you're short on one style of bead placing a different bead at the two ends will allow you to use the bead you wanted (but didn't have enough of) in the main portion of the braid.
This necklace was made from the Gemtones bead kit (available from JTV) using the 7 Warp Kumihimo Template (available here at Moss Hollow). Because there are so many different colors in this bead kit it's likely that you won't have enough of many of the bead styles to put 25 of them on a single warp. The photos below show how I chose to alter the beads on my strands.
Again, start by loading the beads from the top strand in the photo. Close ups of the 4 strands that used multiple styles of beads are below this photo.
Sept 19 & 20 Appearance
This necklace uses the Kusari Tsunagi template (round braid straight stitch) and double hole daggers, Printed instructions are below this photo.
Instructions for Double Hole Dagger Braid, Anne Dilker
6” kumihimo disk, single density preferred, 35mm center hole is best
Kumihimo template; Round Braid:Straight Stitch by Anne Dilker
Chain nose pliers
2 part epoxy
Coordinated colors of
#1 (2mm) lightweight rattail, two 66” pieces
Tex 210 (standard) S-Lon, two 74” pieces & one 30” piece
6/o seed beads (Czech prefered due to smaller hole) 50 beads
30 Double holed dagger beads
29 6mm druks or round fire polish
5mm end caps, two
Clasp of choice
2 part Epoxy
Peel back off of the sticker template and attach to underside of disk.
On one piece of s-lon, tie a stopper bead at one end and load 5 seeds +30 daggers + 5 seeds
On the other piece of s-lon, tie a stopper bead and load 40 seed beads
Fold all cords in half and tie a piece of string (s-lon is good) at the center point. Put the center point into the hole in the board and taking care not to pull the cords off of center load the rattail on the red lines (5,6,7,8) and the s-lon on the black lines (1,2,3,4) with the beaded cords at 1 & 2. Bobbins are useful but not necessary.
Make the unbeaded nub for the end caps by working two complete braid sequences.
Begin dropping beads into the braid each time you move warp 2 to 1 (and ONLY when you move 2 to 1). Braid until you run out of beads and then work two or three more sequences to allow you to whip this end for the end cap.
Remove braid, and stretch it out to relax the tension and to get all of the daggers laying flat. This might take a couple of strectches and require some noodling with the daggers.
Add the 6mm beads in between each of the daggers using the bottom hole in the daggers. Start by making a figure 8 knot in the end of the 30” piece of s-lon. Put it through one of the end daggers. Load a 6mm bead and pull the s-lon through the next dagger. Continue until there's a bead in between each dagger. Adjust the tension and tie and overhand knot in the end outside of the last dagger. Glue both knots and trim ends.
Add the findings: Whip and cut the one end. Glue 5mm end caps on each of the braid, allow glue to set. Add clasp using the jump rings.
HALF BRACELET BRAIDS
The photo below shows a braid ready to be finished for the half bracelet finding. It needs to have the end whipped and cut and the closure of the loop added.
Here's how you make a braid for use with the half bracelet finding. Start with one 2 yard and 3 1.5 yard piece of slon Tex 400. I use size 8/o seed beads on 2 warps; you'll need 100 - 150 beads. The finding opening is 8x4mm. Tex 400 S-lon will make a 4mm braid, so two 4mm braids glued side by side will give you the 4x8mm cording for the finding. The area required for the loop that goes over the button requires 2" of unbeaded braid and the finding will add 3" to the length of the bracelet.
So, here we go: using the knogoh gumi (standard 8 warp round braid) load the board with beads in slots that are diagonally opposite ( I put them in numbers 7 and 23h. Make 1/4" with no beads, make the first beaded portion of braid, make 2" of unbeaded braid, make the second portion of beaded braid, make a 1/2" of unbeaded braid (this gives you room to whip and cut). Glue the unbeaded portion into the finding, allow 24 hours to dry. Use wire or s-lon to make the loop closure for the button on the finding.
Figure the length of beaded braid by subtracting the length you want the overall bracelet minus the 3" for the finding. So, for a 7" bracelet you'll want 4" of beaded portion on each beaded section.
I load the beads prior to loading the board. Using the 2 yard pull of s-Lon load all of the beads. A 4" beaded portion requires 27 beads x 2 beaded sections x 2 warps with beads for 108 beads. Slide 54 beads to each end of the 2 yard piece of S-Lon. Load the kumihimo disk. Place bobbins on just the warps with beads, slide half the beads into the bobbin (27 beads in this example) and allow 27 beads to remain outside the bobbin (on each of 2 beaded warps). This makes it easy for you to braid without stopping to count or reload beads while you work the braid.