Welcome to my blog.

After a few random posts I've decided to dedicate this blog to my life long project of Japanese food
and culture (and my life in general).

Since my first taste of sushi back in 1997 I've been interested in, and frequently been making
Japanese food.
My interest in the country and culture started long before and continues to evolve.
I was lucky to finally visit Japan in October 2008 and hope to be back soon.
In July 2012 I visited Japantown in San Fransisco, the next best thing!
Both small and big adventures will from now on, as time permits, be shared with you.

I will post other recipes and pictures too, mainly cooking projects, plants and art projects
(including my new love - making kumihimo braided objects).

I hope you'll find it interesting, and feel free to leave a comment or ask questions!

I write mainly in English, but there will be some Norwegian too, especially posts about things
that mainly have Norwegian interest. Tutorials are bi-lingual.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Finishing your bracelet - montering av armbånd.

Montering av kumihimo armbånd
Finishing your bracelet

Disse instruksjonene viser hvordan du monterer et tynt 4 tråders armbånd, men prinsippet er likt for alle typer armbånd, fotlenker og halskjeder.
The tutorial shows how to finish a 4 thread bracelet, but the principal is the same for all bracelets, anklets and necklaces.

Du trenger: Endestykker i passende størrelse. De skal passe stramt rundt tråden, men må være store nok til at du får trådende og lim inn. Hvis de er for store kan de bli løse, så velg noen som er 1 mm større i indre diameter enn tråden.
Lim: Velg det sterkeste limet du kan finne. Jeg brukte superlim før, men det kan kapsle seg rundt tråden inni endestykket slik at det løsner, samt at det kan løsne i vann. Nå bruker jeg E-6000, et bra lim, men det trenger 24-48 timer herding + god ventilasjon.
Lås, o-ringer og charms: Her bruker jeg sterling sølv deler og noe kobberdeler for variasjon, samt ferskvannsperler, sølvcharms og Swarovskikrysaller.
Smykketenger: Jeg har en kutter, en rundtang og en flattang.

You´ll need: Encaps of the appropriate size. They should fit snuggly around your braid, leaving only enough space for the braid + glue. Too big endcaps might become loose.
Glue: Pick the strongest glue you can find. I used to use superglue, but it can loosen if exposed to water or if something happens inside the endcap. I´ve switched to E-6000, a better glue, but it needs 24-48 hrs drying time + good ventilation.
Clasp, jumprings and charms: I use sterling silver findings and some copper for variation. I add fresh water pearls, silver charms and Swarovski crystals. Anything you like!
Pliers: I use a flat nose, round nose (loop) and a cutter.



Hold endestykket i en hånd og ta lim på en avklippet q-tip eller lignende med den andre. Smør lim i endestykket og eventuelt også på trådenden.
Hold the endcap with one hand and apply glue with the other, both inside the endcap and on the braid. 


Lim et endestykke på hver trådende og la dem herde over natten før du fortsetter monteringen. Tørk vekk overflødig lim så raskt du kan.
Glue one endcap on each end of the braid and leave it to dry overnight before continuing. Wipe off excess glue as soon as possible.



Med en flattang og en rundtang (eller en flattang til) åpnes en o-ring og tres i løkken på endestykket. Hold fast o-ringen med flattangen og tre på en lås og charms. Lukk o-ringen med flattang og rundtang.
With a flat nose plier and a round nose (or another flat nose) plier, open the jumpring and slide it on to the loop of the endcap. Hold it with the flat nose plier and add a clasp and charms. Close tight using both pliers.



Sett på o-ringer i det andre endestykket og du er ferdig!
Add jumprings to the other endcap and you´re done!


1 comment:

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