Touches of bronze abound in this beaded kumihimo braiding set! Amber dagger beads, dichroic glass beads and bronze metallic hex beads mingle with pearl round and flat disc-shaped beads throughout the focal piece.
A bronze mixture of seed beads add distinctive touches to the single kumihimo rope.
The necklace is large enough to be worn over the neck, or you can open and close it with the bronze lobster clasps that attach the focal to the braided rope.
Kumihimo Braiding with Irregular Beads
This necklace contains a kumihimo rope that is braided with a “designer blend” of regular and irregular-shaped seed beads that are supposed to be size 6-0. However, the dark bronze colored beads are not the same as the light bronze colored beads and they appear to be slightly larger. All the beads in the mixture are glass instead of metal. When working these mismatched beads into a kumihimo braiding design, the effect you get is quite bumpy, which makes for some interesting texture, but a lopsided rope.
At first, I was disappointed, for the beads looked to be the same size in the packaging; but once I started the kumihimo braiding process, I was unpleasantly surprised by their unevenness. However, even if you’ve never braided with beads on a kumihimo disk before, you can still create jewelry masterpieces with irregular beads plus or minus a center focal.
By experimenting with different bead textures and color combinations, almost any effect can be achieved. You can also purchase kumihimo kits from various jewelry designers, but in most cases these will include the designer’s choice of colors and kumihimo patterns.
While these are convenient, it’s more creative and a great deal cheaper to work your own designs by turning the unexpected, like the irregular beads in this necklace into something exotic and wonderful!
“…to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,… (Exodus 31:4)