I'm always on the lookout for ways to use it up (by using them up, I open up space to bring in new stuff!) I saw a braided type of bracelet on a blog one day and was fascinated by the look. I did a little research into Kumihimo beading, and lo and behold, this is what happened this weekend at the cottage:
I started with the brown one with the tiger-eye stone chips (far left), then the grey and red glass with hematite stone chips:I think that one is my favourite. (I know it's my MIL's favourite - she kept putting it on, and hoped I didn't notice!)
The brown and gold one using ceramic and glass beads was a quick one that turned out better than expected - I didn't have high hopes for it when I strung the beads. One thing I really like it the end finishing - there are wires braided into the ends of the bracelet, and these are strung through bead caps and clasps, then easy, very pretty. (And the silver one is a magnetic clasp - so easy to use when putting on a bracelet.)
I realize these aren't the best of pictures, but the bracelets are really pretty - there's a nice heft to them, they work up quickly, and they don't take a ton of materials or time. THere's very little special equipment, but you do need a braiding disk - I was worried about that until I realized it was the foam disk that came with my son's gimp braiding kit! Seriously - you can buy a Kumihimo disk for a somewhat large chunk of change, or you can get a kids foam gimp braiding disk for a lot less. I did buy the braiding pattern, however - I wanted to do it right, and it was worth it to buy just the pattern rather than search through and buy back issues of beading magazines. I can bet that in the next isue or two, this technique will be featured!