If you prefer crystals instead of pearls, you’re going to love this beaded kumihimo braiding set. Iridescent crystal beads are interwoven throughout the center portion of the necklace as well as fire-polished round faceted beads.
Seed bead lovers will enjoy the size 8-0 spiral ropes that add a splash of color to the kumihimo braiding design. With a piece this gorgeous, it’s easy to forget the overall length of the necklace when braiding the ropes; so, take time occasionally to measure the piece as you work the first rope. That way, you’ll know what the final length will be once you complete the second rope.
A Kumihimo Braiding Project That You Can Mix & Match as Much as You’d Like
Have a ball with this piece! Use different colored crystals, dagger beads, gemstones, pearls, large seed beads in sizes 7-0 to 3-0, and small found objects to braid the center section.
If you have a large collection of specialty beads, showcase them by stringing onto one strand and placing them in the kumihimo disk so that they form a dotted Swiss pattern. If you want to add extra “bling”, choose bright sparkly beads in complementary colors to accent the entire necklace.
Try to picture an expensive look that is both simple and elegant. Instead of making your project just like mine, experiment with the placement of the stranded beads in the foam disk or mix and match beads on the strands themselves!
Like most kumihimo braiding projects, you can make a bracelet or necklace simply by shortening the center area and making the ropes shorter or longer.
Finish with Copper Jewelry Findings
Add copper end cones and coordinating clasp to the necklace to further accent the piece. Braid matching earrings with copper findings to complete the set.