KumiKreator is a device that's been designed to enable you to make friendship bracelets without doing a lot of braiding and knotting with your own fingers. The name of this device is based on a Japanese word, Kumihimo, which refers to gathering cords or threads. Once you load several of the included spools of thread into your device and turn its handle multiple times, it'll gather and braid the threads for you with the aim of creating a beautiful bracelet.
The cost of KumiKreator is $24.97 plus $9.95 shipping, for a total price of $34.92.
Before you can make a bracelet with your KumiKreator, you'll need to select one of the included patterns, which will let you know which spools to load into the device. When you get more experienced, you'll be able to create your own patterns, but for a first-timer, it's probably best to start with a pre-made one.
After you've picked a pattern, load the appropriate spools into your device in accordance with that pattern. Each device comes with more than 80 ready-to-use spools in a variety of colors, so you'll likely be able to do this in just a minute or two.
Once all the correct spools have been inserted in your KumiKreator, grab its handle and turn it. Keep on turning it (thereby allowing it to braid a bracelet for you) until a full bracelet appears on the side of the device that's opposite the handle.
Finally, once a full bracelet has been made, gently remove it from your braiding device. Instead of tying knots to finish it off, add one of the included clasps. Remove any empty spools of thread from your device in order to ready it for the next use.
The KumiKreator has been designed with young girls in mind, but is suitable for both boys and girls, as long as they're eight years of age or older. Adults and teenagers may even have fun using one of these devices to quickly create new pieces of jewelry. You may want to create a bracelet for a child who's younger than eight, but it's best to keep them away from the device itself, because of the small spools and clasps included with it. There's always a risk that a young child could ingest a small object like this.
Each KumiKreator set contains enough thread and clasps to make up to 10 different-looking bracelets, with spools available in two shades of pink, along with yellow, purple and blue. However, when your spools and clasps have all been used up, that doesn't mean the whole kit is useless. If you can't find spools of thread that are small enough to fit in your device, you can always load your empty spools with thread from larger spools.
Although the KumiKreator is a fairly compact device as it is—about the size of a large frying pan—each one comes with a storage case to hold the device and its accessories. That means you'll be able to take yours with you on the go without losing pieces, and since it doesn't require batteries, you'll be able to pull it out and use it almost anywhere.
As mentioned, this braiding device doesn't require batteries, nor does it require electricity to run, either. It runs solely via the power of the human hand that's twisting the handle. That means you'll never have to worry about searching for an available electrical outlet or a functioning set of batteries anytime you want to use it. If you're creating bracelets in a group and someone's hand gets tired from spinning the device's handle, you can always take turns doing so.
A friendship bracelet is a nice thing to give one of your closest friends on a special occasion, but you may not want to spend hours tying hundreds of knots to create one from scratch. Fortunately, using the KumiKreator will enable you to make one in minutes. Plus, if the special person you have in mind likes making bracelets, too, you might even choose to give them their own KumiKreator as a present.
Once you get the hang of making bracelets with the pre-made KumiKreator patterns, you'll be able to exercise your creative muscles by making patterns of your own. The skills you develop in regard to combining colors may also be able to be transferred to other artistic pursuits, like painting or sewing.
If you'd rather make necklaces instead of bracelets, this device isn't the ideal one for you, since it won't make a piece of jewelry that's long enough to go around a person's neck. You could make two or three bracelets and then attempt to connect them together into a necklace, but there's no guarantee that this would end up looking nice. Along the same lines, if someone has an extra-big wrist (such as an adult man), you may find that the bracelets your device makes aren't quite large enough to fit them.
Each bracelet-making device appears to come with eight silver clasps but only two gold clasps, which may disappoint users who prefer gold jewelry over silver. It would be better if an equal amount of gold and silver clasps could be included with each tool, even if that made it necessary for 16 clasps to be included.
When you're using your KumiKreator, it's best if the device is resting on a flat surface like a table or counter, instead of on your lap or some other semi-curved surface. If you attempt to create a bracelet with it while it's not sitting flat, the bracelet might come out looking lopsided, with less precise stitching than it otherwise would contain. In the event that you want to use your device while you're a passenger in a vehicle, you should bring along a flat board to be placed on your lap and used as your countertop.
On a related note, in most cases, it's best to turn the wheel of your KumiKreator with your dominant hand. Since this hand is likely stronger than the other one, with a higher level of dexterity, you'll likely be able to create a bracelet more quickly with it, while experiencing less fatigue.
If you were to make 10 different friendship bracelets from scratch, it might take you up to four hours to make each one, not to mention the time you might spend planning your pattern. Altogether, that would equal 40 or more hours of work. Alternatively, if you were to use this device to make 10 bracelets, you might only take an hour to produce all of them, and you wouldn't take more than a few hours to do so.
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