In my last post, I showed a variety of handmade kumihimo weights and explained simple methods you can use to make your own kumi weights. As I promised, I will now unveil my favorite handmade kumi weight. Drum roll, please ….
A few weeks ago, I was in a rush to leave the house. I grabbed the beaded kumihimo project I needed to weave … knowing I would have time to kill between appointments … but realized I didn’t have a free kumi weight handy. Ack! So I grabbed the first thing I could think of: a double-sided pendant I had ruined the previous evening during a jewelry experiment. Sure, it was ugly. But hey, it was something to let gravity gently tug the cords… and it worked great!
I experimented with the design over the next couple of weeks until my persnickety self was satisfied. I’m finally ready to proclaim this my favorite kumi weight. For now.
What features make this my favorite?
- The oversized lobster claw clasp makes this weight easy to remove from the finished kumihimo weave.
- This style of clasp also lets me easily add the weight when I begin weaving at the midpoint of my cords.
- This weight swivels, which reduces unwanted twisting of my finished weave.
- Snag-free design with tucked wire wrap, meaning only one cut end is exposed. And the exposed end has been smoothed.
- It weighs approximately 1.6 ounces, the same as the smaller (standard) size gator weight.
- Additional weight can be added easily, if necessary. Think: washers & string.
- It’s made with tarnish-resistant materials.
- It’s pretty. Hey, sometimes aesthetics matter.
- It’s waterproof. (Now, does a kumi weight really need to be waterproof? No. I’m just bragging.)
What’s the moral of this story? Use what you have. Find that functional solution, even if it’s ugly. Recycle your failures. You may surprise yourself with what you discover and how you can change it. I know I did.
What surprise tools or solutions have you discovered?