Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Video Magatama Kumihimo

New Video
Magatama Kumihimo
If you have been following my posts, you probably know what I mean by Magatama Kumihimo.
But if it is new to you: Magatama is a type of seed bead. Seed beads usually are small beads (seed like) Magatamas are not your normal seed bead.
They have a very distinctive shape. The holes are slanted rather that going straight through the bead. There are smaller magatama beads, too, however.
These are 4 x 7mm in size.
And they come in hundreds of different colors. It is great fun trying different arrangements of the magatama beads as well as using different colors. They can be strung all in one direction to have a "pine cone" effect or in a random fashion. Then you can add other seed beads and come up with an entirely different look. And of course, the colors can be in a pattern or completely mixed.
Recently, I made a video of the various Magatama Kumihimo bracelets I've made. It shows the different patterns that can be made and many of the different colors and color patterns. As you watch the video, see if you can pick out the ones that are the "pine cone" pattern (strung in all one direction) or the ones with random stringing. You've seen them all before but having them all in one place may help understanding how they really look. (Unless you have seen them in person, it really isn't clear.) This doesn't even touch the many variations that can be made.
The Kumihimo part is how the magatama beads are woven together. Kumihimo is Japanese braiding using (in my case) a foam disk. This is a picture of the disk and how it looks in progress.

Fibers and not beads are shown here - in case you are looking closely. But the idea is the same.
So, click on the picture below or here to view the video. Enjoy. (I really like the music that I was able to add even though it stopped before the end of the video.)

You can purchase or find more information on these Magatama and other Kumihimo bracelets on my website by clicking here.
You can feel like a "Devil Woman"  while watching   ;-)

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