Hello, I'm Carol in Chicago
In our recent move, although my Marudai is present and accounted for, the weighted tama bobbins and my bag of fishing weights have taken a side trip--I expect I WILL find them again, so I don't want to replace them, as they're pricey; I've gerry-rigged an alternative using large nuts and bolts from the hardware store (they're bobbin-shaped!) --they weigh about 2 oz each--I used 50% of that weight for the center counter-weight, but the braid isn't as tight as braids I did with my original set. Looking for advice from any Kumihimo whizzes out there--do I need to increase overall weight for a tighter braid, i.e. heavier bolts and corresponding center weight---does anyone know what the standard weight for the tama-bobbins should be? I was working with size 6 beads and C-lon cord, so the rope is pretty substantial--it''s OK, but floppier than my other braids have turned out...Hoping this community can offer some insight
Wowee! A fancy kumi thingo!!!
I just have the original Hamanaka ones in square and circle. Oh and i don't use weights, when I'm finished, I just give the braid a little tug. You could just pop into your local fishing and tackle shop and buy some big sinkers.
Beaded kumihimo is my newest obsession. I also like to use size 6 beads and C-lon cord. I was using fishing sinkers as weights for my beaded kumihimo until my husband freaked out and told me there is lead in fishing weights and I should use something else!
I found a nice sized rock (actually a piece of unakite from when we went gem mining in NC) that I wire wrapped and tied to a binder clip. It works great as a weight and it looks pretty too. I never thought of using heavy bolts. I guess keep trying bigger bolts until you find a weight that works best for you. Good luck!
Actually, I DO use weights! Well just one, I don't count it as a weight though. Its just a big bulldog clip. I add on another clip if I want it heavier.
I change gram weight depending upon the weight of what I'm braiding with--but that said--for mostly jewelry projectsI recommend a 65 gram weight. So you'll want your corresponding counter weight to equal the total gram weight of your makeshift tama.
If you can't find your tama Lacis is a good choice for equipment; they're still pricey but not prohibitive.