Here are three mind-blowing experiments with kumihimo patterns, over-sized beads and unusual jewelry findings—all braided into amazing necklaces. The key to experimentation with these beaded kumihimo designs is to be creative and use your vivid imagination! That’s all you need (except the basic supplies, etc.)!
Experiment #1: Earth Beaded Kumihimo Braiding Set
Good rich soil, autumn leaves, pine cones and ripened berries form the earthen look of this beaded kumihimo necklace and earrings set! Made with over 400 faceted and bicone glass beads as well as delicate gunmetal leaves and mesh spacers, you can choose any of the basic kumihimo patterns to braid the stunning necklace.
It is finished with a matching gunmetal chain and vintage copper end cones.
The large beads used in this experiment make the necklace very chunky and a bit on the heavyweight side; but the stunning accessory is well worth it!
Notice the glass beads shaped like tree trunks in the center focal. They are just two of the fun jewelry findings you can use in your own experiments.
“…a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.” (Deuteronomy 8:9)
In this experiment with kumihimo patterns, the satin finished gold leaf-style end caps are the focal point for the beautiful necklace. They open to fit snugly around the thick rope that’s created once the braiding is completed.
The chunky choker has over 500 large semi-precious “cat’s eye” gemstone chips braided with amber fire-polish glass beads. Gold chain is used to attach the clasps and allow for adjustments based on neck size. Matching earrings complete the set.
“He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.” (Proverbs 11:28)
Round smooth natural gemstone beads form short ropes that look like grapes on the vine in this love beaded kumihimo necklace. Wide flat bead caps cup the braided “grapes” and separate them from the earthy center focal.
To experiment with a mixture of kumihimo patterns, I braided turquoise, jade and lava gemstone chips with 2 strands of silver leaf charms placed in the disk so that they appear in the center of the focal piece.
Gold petal end caps lead to a silver chain with floral clasp.