“Image” Beaded Kumihimo Braiding Set
Here’s a stunning example of beautiful jewelry made with kumihimo braiding and a combination of interesting beads. Easy enough for a beginner but a bit expensive to make, the gorgeous amber and gray long magatama beads and iridescent crystal dagger beads add a unique flair to the 18-inch choker necklace.
You can delight a friend or family member with this striking kumihimo braiding design, and for added appeal, matching earrings can be made to complete the stylish set.
A Timeless Beaded Kumihimo Braiding Design
To create a unique jewelry set you’ll be proud to wear, there are a few things you should know when braiding this necklace.
- The 18-inch beaded rope is worked in a traditional kumihimo braiding pattern with long magatama beads on all 8 strands.
- The crystal dagger beads, however, are alternated on a couple of the strands after every third bead.
- You will need to set aside several hours or a couple of evenings to braid this exciting pattern.
- For a smooth finish to the choker, careful attention must be paid when stringing the beads, as the long magatamas should all face the same way on each strand. Watch the video below to learn how to braid kumihimo projects with these beads.
- The length of the necklace can be extended, but it should be no longer than 20 inches or you will not get a flat “collar” effect; and the crystal daggers will look more like spikes instead of lovely gems in a choker with a beautiful rounded neckline.
Feel free to explore different textures if you would prefer smaller beads that do not have too much textue. The charming kumihimo braiding design will take on its own identity and evolve almost of its own will if you use a variety of gemstones and found objects.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
Kumihimo Braiding with Long Magatama Beads