If you love braiding beaded kumihimo patterns, you are always looking for creative ways to make new jewelry items. One such way is to re-cycle old pendants, charms, large beads and findings into unique art pieces with easy kumihimo braiding techniques.
Copper Flowers Beaded Kumihimo Necklace
Here is a perfect example of what you can do with basic kumihimo patterns and old jewelry pieces. The copper pendant was a gift from a dear friend, which I wore suspended from an antique copper necklace chain for a several years.
Once I learned how to do kumihimo braiding, I made a basic 8-warp rope for the pendant and added a couple of mesh spacers for accent. The 24-inch necklace is finished with a glue-in spiral clasp.
Re-Inventing with Seed Beads and Kumihimo Patterns
Give your older jewelry pieces a fashion makeover. Start with a piece of jewelry and look for seed beads that match the colors in the pendant or vintage necklace.
Large beads from the original necklace can be used as focal pieces. Smaller beads can be braided in clusters to create unique kumihimo patterns and shapes. Pendants can be turned into brand new necklaces with seed bead accents and a few simple jewelry findings.
You can be as creative as you like. If you do not have any vintage pieces of your own, visit a few thrift stores to purchase used and estate jewelry that can be re-worked with gorgeous kumihimo patterns.
Take a look at this video to get some ideas for kumihimo braiding with re-cycled jewelry pieces.
Adding Focal Beads to Kumihimo Patterns