Spruce up your fashion wardrobe with this classy accessory! An elegant pewter finished teardrop pendant provides the central focus for this beaded kumihimo braiding classic. Made with approximately 800 size 6-0 Japanese pewter-colored glass seed beads with a shiny finish, the necklace and earrings set is braided to fit into a silver glue-in clasp.
A basic 8-warp braid with 100 beads per strand results from manipulating the kumihimo disc. No special pattern is needed as the beads are all the same color.
This necklace is 18 inches long; but you can reduce or increase the size by using fewer beads or more than 100 per strand.
Pewter Kumihimo Braiding Variations
This braided jewelry design lends itself to many variations. For example, if you have a bead stash with a large assortment of bead sizes, colors and types, or even the same color bead in two or more sizes, you can make as many necklace variations in as many color schemes as you’d like.
Attach different pendants or found objects to the middle of a finished beaded rope or string the pendant onto the cording first and then do kumihimo braiding on one side and repeat on the other side until you get the desired length. This way the pendant remains in the center no matter how you decide to wear the necklace.
An Important Kumihimo Braiding Tip
This tip will save you a lot of heartache when braiding kumihimo patterns. You may wish to review it before making this necklace and earrings set.
- Watch your tension! Size 6-0 seed beads can shift unless you pay attention to how you are placing the cord in the kumihimo disk as you braid. After each placement, take time to center all the cords evenly in the disk to maintain even tension.
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