Base metal beads like brass, pewter, silver and gold look great when braided in simple kumihimo patterns. These two jewelry sets are stunning examples of how creative you can be using tiny metal seed beads, fringe drops as well as large metal focal beads.
Bronze Base Metal Beads with Kumihimo Patterns
Introducing the “Metal of Honor” Kumihimo Jewelry Set! Bronze base metal beads and matching metal focal lamp work beads are used extensively throughout this plucky beaded kumihimo necklace and earrings set. They add texture and character to the quirky necklace—especially when worked in an interesting kumihimo braiding pattern.
Shiny black Japanese 8-0 seed beads add contrast to the brass beads in the kumihimo ropes, while Czech Glass Pip Beads provide excellent backgrounds and spacers between the bumpy metal focal beads.
This jewelry set is sure to make a fashion statement!
“And He has filled [her] with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills–to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze…to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.” (Exodus 35:31-33)
Vintage Copper Base Metal Beads with Kumihimo Patterns
Pewter base metal beads with a copper finish provide spectacular accents around the edges of this 22-inch braided necklace. Two kumihimo patterns were used to create the jewelry set, one of my original designs that creates a wavy effect with the beads as they are braided on 8 strands of nylon cording, and the basic 8-warp braid for the matching earrings.
Approximately 1,000 glass seed beads and over 200 copper-finish pewter Japanese Magatama fringe beads were used in making this creative jewelry set.
“… a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.” (Deuteronomy 8:9)