Kumihimo Clasp Option 1
Now that you've finished your Kumihimo braid, attach the ends to a clasp for an elegant finish.
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Once the end is tied off, dab a generous amount of glue next to the knot on the side toward the braid. We are using Hypo-tube cement. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Cut an 8-inch piece of 24-gauge wire. Position the wire parallel to the cord with a 2-inch tail pointing toward the long length of the cord, and the remaining long length of wire pointing toward the knot.
Bring the short end up and around the cord, and wrap toward the knot, over the top of the long length of wire.
Wrap tightly around the braid, keeping the wraps tight together. Wrap at least five times to cover the the glued portion of the braid.
Once you have completely wrapped around your Kumihimo braid, use wire cutters to cut off the excess wire.
Use chain-nose pliers to tuck the end down and hide the sharp tail.
Use sharp scissors to trim off the knot and tail close to the wrapped wire.
The cord is now cut off, leaving just the wire extending from the end of the cord.
Slide the cap or cone onto the wire so it covers the end of the braid.
Begin making a wire wrapped loop with the remaining wire. Refer to the Wire Wrapping Technique.
Before completing the loop, attach one side of the clasp.
Finish the wire wrap by wrapping the wire down to the cone.
Use wire cutters to trim off any remaining wire.
Repeat steps 1-13 on the opposite end and add the other half of the clasp.
Congratulations, you have added a clasp to a Kumihimo Braid!
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