Jubilee Ribbon Magatama Swirl Necklace Kit - Harvest & Picasso Turquoise
The Jubilee Ribbon Magatama Swirl Necklace can be braided on the disk or Marudai. The instructions are written for the disk but can be easily interpreted for the Marudai.
I call this the Jubilee Ribbon Magatama Swirl Necklace because the magatama beads and seed beads spiral around the necklace. This necklace is braided using the Kongoh Gumi braid structure combined with the drop bead technique.To achieve this look the beads are strung in a particular sequence. The slightly “springy” nature of the ribbon lends to the natural spiral of the beads.
I have provided enough material in the kit to make up to a 22 - 24” necklace (depending on braider and technique). You can easily adjust the size to a shorter length simply by choosing where you want to finish & trim the end sections.
I tried this on both the thick (20mm) and standard (10mm) Kumihimo disks and I liked the 10mm disk better. The thick disk put a little too much stress on the ribbon.
Stringing the seed beads on the ribbon is very easy. Threading the 4 x 7 Magatama beads takes a little bit of patience. The wide eye needle, provided in the kit, works with both types of beads. You might want to purchase an extra wide eye needle in case you need it.
You will need: Kumihimo Disk (I prefer the mini foam disk - 10mm), 8 plastic bobbins, Scissors, Tape Measure, Glue (I like Weldbond Universal found at ACE Hardware and some Craft Stores).
You should know: You should be comfortable with the Kongoh Gumi (or round ) braid structure and how to drop beads. The Kongoh Gumi braid is "Left up, Right Down, Rotate" OR "Right down, Let Up, Rotate". If you need a reminder on braiding with beads, see Tip #14 at www.whatabraid.com. Look under Tips.
- Jubilee Ribbon (12 yards)
- 6/0 Toho or Miyuki Seed Beads
- 4 x 7 Miyuki Magatama Beads
- 1 Set 6 mm All in One Magnetic End Caps
- Wide Eye Needle
- Instructions with photos