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Kumihimo Raised Spiral Keychain

March 31, 2014

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I like a large tote style purse, but I seem to always be losing my keys down in my purse.  I decided I needed a large keychain that was also pretty to carry my keys and I needed a larger keyring to keep all my various keys – home, car, studio, etc.

I had plenty of supplies in my Prima Bead stash to work with as well as some additional charms sent in this month’s Prima Bead blogger package.  I also wanted to play with my Kumihimo disk some more, so all things came together for this project.

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I picked out some of my favorite colors of satin cord and set up the Kumihimo disk for a 12-strand raised spiral pattern with the turquoise being the dominant raised cord.

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Once you get your cords set up and get your rhythm braiding, you can whip these together quite quickly.  I wanted a relatively long braid so that I will have no problem finding my keys when I throw them in a large tote or bag.

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After the braid was tied off, I started adding a variety of beads to the ends of the cords.   To keep the beads in place, I found a beautiful knot called a Button Knot that works perfectly with satin cording.  I love that this knot can also be used in place of a bead.  I found the pattern at this link here.  You can see a better detail in the close-up photo above.

CherylBoglioli_PrimaBead_kumihimo_keychain-2What do you think?  It’s pretty and it is unique.   I think I’ll find these super quick and it was easy to create!

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Krafty Max April 1, 2014 at 4:51 am

I love it! I think it is wonderful how you combined several months of findings into this one creation! My keys would be so happy with that!! :) ~KM
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Cheryl April 1, 2014 at 8:09 am

My keys are happy and so am I. I have had no problem finding my keys and even had some keyring compliments yesterday! ;-)

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fairyrocks April 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

Pretty and useful, two of my favourite things together. Any time you can
dip into the stash and make things is a time well spent indeed.
My daughter was just talking about this little
device. Her teens are wild about it.
Keep smiling and creating.

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Cheryl April 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Thank you, Pam. It’s very meditative to braid. I want to find some new sizes and types of cording now too.

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