Kumihimo Braided Cord Necklace with Silver Heart

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Kumihimo Braided Cord Necklace with Silver Heart

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TITLE:
Kumihimo Braided Cord Necklace with Silver Heart

DESCRIPTION:
Japanese braiding known as Kumihimo is fascinating and extremely enjoyable to create. This multicolored braid of gray, black, silver and golden tan is very comfortable to wear. The cord that is created spiral around it self which develops into interesting patterns of color and texture. The braiding process creates a hollow core cord. The end caps and toggle clasp is shiny silver plated metal. They are clean and simple lines that accentuate the patterns and colors of the cord. The attached heart charm is filled with a flowing bow enhanced with an elegant daisy. The images on the heart are brought to life by an antiquing process. It free flows on the cord by being attached to a bail that matches the end caps. A fun necklace to wear for any casual or every day event.

MEASUREMENTS:
Necklace: approximately 22.5 inches
Heart Charm: approximately 1 inch x 1 inch
Charm Dangle from Cord: approximately 1.5 inches

WEIGHT: 0.70 Ounces

CARE:
Routine maintenance tips to keep your jewelry looking amazing from season to season.

• When finished wearing, wipe down your piece with a dry 100% cotton cloth or jewelry polishing cloth.
• If the piece is subject to tarnish, place a moisture control pack into the storage location. (Hint: Some medications come with them in the bottle.)
• Keep jewelry away from soaking water and harsh chemicals.
• These pieces of wearable art are not designed to be worn 24/7. They need a restful break too.
• BEWARE!!! POSSIBLE CHOKING HAZARD!! If small children are in the home, please know our child and buy, wear, and store responsibly.

ITEM: N#026

DEFINITIONS:

WHAT IS KUMIHIMO? As defined on Kumihimo.com
Kumihimo is a braiding technique that is used in the making of long decorative strands. These cords are used in a variety of decorative ways. Some people wear them as bracelets or necklaces. Others use them as functional laces or simply let them swing free. Basic strands are made by looping thread through the fingers in a repetitive manner. Ancient samurai warriors used to decorate their armor and sometimes hold it together using Kumihimo cords. Kumihimo is a fun and colorful part of Japanese heritage.

The first Kumihimo were made entirely by hand. These cords were strong but very visually simple. To meet high commercial demand for unique cords, Kumihimo techniques evolved to a degree that necessitated the use of large wooden stands that resembled the looms used to weave cloth. These stands sped up the process of making thick, colorful strands. Kumihimo became an integral part of traditional Japanese dress.

These days, simple Kumihimo braids are made by affixing thread of different colors to different points around a disk that is made expressly for this purpose. Complex cords can be made using up to 24 different pieces of thread. There is no right way to make Kumihimo. Each cord is comprised of threads of varying colors and thicknesses. Some look like uniform braids and others look like series of well-placed knots. Some people have turned their Kumihimo hobbies into luxury fashion trades. They make their cords out of strands of silk and other expensive materials.

The literal meaning of the word Kumihimo is "come together." The name suits the braids, which are painstakingly connected by their makers. Designs do not appear in Kumihimo by chance. Expert braiders have learned how to place their pieces of thread around their tools to create the patterns they desire. With experience, Kumihimo enthusiasts develop braiding techniques that are so complex as to border on engineering. They swap colors and thicknesses around in the midst of making single cords to deliberately disrupt their carefully planned patterns.

BRAID as defined on Definitions.net
A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three or more strands of flexible material such as textile fibres, wire, or human hair. Compared to the process of weaving a wide sheet of cloth from two separate, perpendicular groups of strands, a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others. The simplest possible braid is a flat, solid, three-strand structure in some countries/cases called a plait. More complex braids can be constructed from an arbitrary number of strands to create a wider range of structures: wider ribbon-like bands, hollow or solid cylindrical cords, or broad mats which resemble a rudimentary perpendicular weave. Braids are commonly used to make rope, decorative objects, and hairstyles. Complex braids have been used to create hanging fibre artworks. Braiding is also used to prepare horses' manes and tails for showing, polo and polocrosse.

SILVER PLATE as defined on Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Definition: silover-plate [sil-ver-pleyt] Show IPA verb (used with object), silover-platoed, silover-platoing. to coat (base metal) with silver, especially by electroplating.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

The use of textiles has been a part of jewelry designing for many many years. Weaving and braiding torn textiles was common practice going back to ancient times. It has always been fascinating how diverse the end products are with such a mundane craft. In this case, as the rattail cords are interlaced utilizing the Kumihimo braiding methods is immediately rewarding to the creative process. Watching the development of the hollow cord is truly rewarding. Once the process is started one is hooked in the completion of desired project. The addiction to creating these objects is real. As the project at hand is completed plans for the next are beginning.

My work starts as an idea then organic growth takes over until the mind screams STOP!

I consider my work Wearable Art...Miniature Works of Art, are a way to express ones love of things.

Materials Used

Satin Rattail Cord
Silver Plated charm, toggle clasp and cord end caps

More Info

SHIPPING:
Fee shipping with in the United States ONLY (Including APO and FPO addresses)
Currently DO NOT ship to overseas addresses.

FREE GIFT:
A mini "Paper Doodle...Bookmark with Attitude" is included with every purchase.

SALES TAX:
Items purchased with an address in Maryland, USA will be charged a 6% state sales tax.

PAYMENTS:
Payments are processed through PayPal. If you do not have or do not want to use your PayPal account you can process payment as a visitor/guest to the payment site. We accept PayPal and all commercial credit cards that PayPal will process.

NOTE:
Pictures that are digitally produced may slightly change the exact colors of the actual piece being photographed. All photos are edited to be as close to the real colors as possible, but not all monitors will show colors properly. They may appear lighter or darker than the actual piece and can be influenced by any surrounding light and colors as they are worn. Every attempt is made to give you the real effect of the piece.

Product Attributes

Color: Grey

Occasion: Casual/Work

Length: 22.5 in

Width: 3/8 in

Weight: 0.7 oz

Material: Nylon Cord/Silver Plate

Pattern: Braided

Color: Gray/Black/Tan

Type: Kumihimo Cord Pendant Necklace

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Shipping

United States
First Item: $0.00
Additional Items: $0.00

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SHIPPING

Orders ship within 3-5 business days upon receipt of payment. (Excluding week-ends). If special circumstances arise I will contact you immediately.

All items are shipped via USPS First Class Mail FREE of charge for United States locations ONLY.

PRIORITY MAIL is an option. I offer shipping listings within my shop sections called PRIORITY SHIPPING. Please add to your order so it will be totaled for final payment. If this option is desired after order finalization, contact me so an additional shipping listing that can be added to your transaction.

INSURED Orders:
* Orders valued UNDER $50.00 are shipped UNINSURED.
* Orders valued $50.00 or more are shipped INSURED at my expense.

** If insurance is desired for uninsured shipping, please contact me and I will prepare a listing and will email you a revised invoice.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: DO NOT ship internationally at this time

RETURNS/EXCHANGES

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED!

Items damaged during shipping may be returned for either repairs or replacements. They must be returned within 25 days of the original ship date. Prior to returning the item, contact me to make arrangements. Return postage must include a tracking number to verify delivery. Once mailed email me with the tracking number. This is to protect you in the event the item is lost in transit. Once received, I will contact you that the item has arrived.

Once the item is received I will notify you. Repairs are accomplished as soon as possible and will be shipped accordingly at my expense. Please allow 7 to 10 days once items are received before notification that the item is returned to you. A $5.00 gift certificate to use on your next purchase will be included with the return of your repaired/replaced item.

If the item/items do not meet expectations you may return the item within 25 days of purchase for a full refund less any shipping charges. Once the item(s) are received back the refund will be authorized to your mode of payment. Items are returned at the buyer's expense. Prior to returning the item, contact me to make arrangements. Return postage must include a tracking number to verify delivery. Once mailed email me with the tracking number. This is to protect you in the event the item is lost in transit. Once received I will contact you that the item has arrived. Then the refund will be issued to your account. Please allow a full 7-10 days for this to be processed.

Item measurements are listed in the description. PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE APPROPRIATE SIZE IS CHOSEN. When you receive any necklace, bracelet, and/or ring and the size is an issue, the item may be returned at YOUR expense. Adjustments will be made, but additional shipping fees will be charged for return mailing based on the original cost of shipping. I will contact you and make a special listing for any additional charges that must be processed. Once shipping is paid, order will be returned to you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Customer service is my number one priority.

PAYMENTS:

PayPal EXPRESS is the ONLY current method of payment processing. If you desire NOT to become a member of PayPal or use your PayPal account you may purchase items as a GUEST. Then your purchases will be charged directly to your credit card of choice.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES:

When item(s) are purchased and payment is not processed within 2 days the item will be re-listed for sale.

CUSTOM ORDERS:

Even though my creations are one of a kind similar multiple items may be made for special occasions such as wedding party gifts. The items will be similar, made with like materials, but variances of individual pieces will occur due to the hand manipulation process. Because I make only one of kind items my supply inventory is limited. If you desire special orders of multiple similar items I will work with you. I will make a prototype and email you pictures of the item for your approval. Then increased inventory can be purchased.

Reviews

FantasyClay on Oct 1, 2010
5 stars

Great shipping, great packaging. I just thought the necklace was going to be more browns and greens and darker. It is a pretty necklace but not what I was expecting from the picture.

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