Make two necklaces-in-one with your choice of beginner kumihimo patterns and memory wire. Use Japanese glass cube beads to form a single rope that can be worn by itself; and them string an assortment of different size beads, spacers and other found objects onto necklace memory wire to make a center focal that can be attached to a chain or other necklace.
2 Ways You Can Get More from Beaded Kumihimo Patterns
Although this necklace is straightforward and easy to make, it is quite unique, and is an ideal way to showcase beaded kumihimo patterns to the best advantage. You’ll start out by braiding one long rope and making another by stringing various beads onto necklace size memory wire.
Once you’ve finished, you’ll join them both ropes together into one necklace with tiny lobster clasps. Here’s how it was made.
Single Cube Bead Rope Kumihimo Patterns
Size 4mm Japanese cube beads were used to braid a 22-inch rope. These glass beads come in a mixture of winter colors, called Grey Ghost, and include light gray, crystal, opaque white, and charcoal Miyuki squares.
The hole in each of these beads is quite large, so I doubled the S-Lon cording so that once the braiding was done, the beads would be able to fall neatly into place and align quite nicely next to each other. Therefore, two strands were placed in each slot of the kumihimo disk for the corresponding 8-warp pattern.
While a variety of kumihimo patterns work equally well, I chose to separate the cube beads and work a spiral pattern with the colors. You could also simply string the beads as you come to them without worrying about how the colors will fall.
Stranded Round Bead Memory Wire Focal
One half coil of large necklace memory wire was used to string the black, crystal and white large round beads and fancy silver spacers. This produced a focal that’s 10-inches.
Both the focal and the cube-bead kumihimo rope were finished off with silver end caps that matched the spacers. Tiny lobster clasps were attached to the focal section and jump rings were attached to the ends of the kumihimo rope.
It’s very easy to mix and match the two separate pieces with other necklaces, pendants and jewelry pieces.
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