Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 80

Step 4 Use a cocktail stick to apply a small amount of strong glue to the inside of one end cap and insert the braid using a twisting motion to spread the glue. Repeat for the other end and leave the glue to dry for the full drying and curing time recommended by the manufacturer. Do not be tempted to test the bond during this period! Attach the clasp with jump rings, adding an extra one on the toggle end, if necessary (Photo 4). Step 5 4 5 Use a paintbrush to apply the patina paint. Lots of different effects can be achieved and the colours can be mixed on a scrap piece of plastic or on the braid itself. For this bracelet, the darker colours were applied first and were used in between the beads. The lighter tones were applied on top and then all of the colour was rubbed away from the surface of the bracelet (Photo 5). The colours dry quickly - so it is necessary to work fast! Apply paint to the end caps, clasp and charm and use a cloth to wipe away the paint from the edges and raised areas to give a worn and weathered effect. If these parts are made of solid, rather than plated metal, it is possible to use fine sandpaper to achieve a very distressed effect. It is not necessary to seal the paint with heat or varnish because any further slight wear will merely add to the shabby chic look. See more of Pru’s beautiful Kumihimo designs at www.prumihimo.com