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Kumihimo Wire Jewelry- By Giovanna Imperia


In ancient Japan, beautiful yet functional cords made with the traditional braiding art of kumihimo adorned everything from kimonos to samurai armor to prayer scrolls. In Kumihimo Wire Jewelry, innovative jewelry artist Giovanna Imperia offers a fresh twist on this time-honored technique, adapting it to create stunning wire jewelry.

In addition to a concise history of kumihimo and an overview of its essential materials, tools, and techniques, readers will learn the basics of this braiding method, plus how to create 20 striking projects--stylish bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces--all supported with detailed, step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

This comprehensive book, which also includes pieces by prominent kumihimo jewelry artists from around the world, will inspire jewelry makers, beaders, and wireworkers at all skill levels to take their craft in a vibrant new direction.


TABLE OF CONTENTS- Preface, Introduction- A Brief History of Kumihimo- The Zen of Kumihimoi

Materials and Tools- Fiber and Other Options- Wire- Stands, Disks, and Plates- Braiding and Finishing Supplies

Braiding Basics- Maru Dai and Disk Basics- Basic Moves on the Maru Dai and Disk- Practice Braids- Square Plate Basics- Practice Braids- Setting Up and Preparing to Braid- Braiding Around a Core- Finishing Techniques- Project Troubleshooting

Projects on the Round Disk- Single Braid Bracelet- Three Rings- Sampler Bracelets- Curly Stick Pin- Lacy Bracelet- Black & Copper Cuff- Twisted Necklace with Beads- Double-Strand Necklace with Large Felt Beads- Freshwater Pearl Necklace - Two-Color Bracelet- In-and_Out Necklace- Intertwined Braids Bracelet- Braided Beads Necklace- Wire & Plastic Necklace

Projects on the Square Plate- Zigzag Bracelet- Raffia & Wire Necklace- Ruffled Bracelet- Chevron Bracelet & Ring- Spiral Brooch- Square Brooch, Resources, Further Reading, Wire Conversion Chart, Index


Soft cover - 144pg.

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