Saturday, July 14, 2012

Beaded Kumihimo Part II

Since the weather just won't relent and cool down, there is still no torch time for me.  sigh.  My energies are still focused, intensly, on beaded kumihimo.  In between making those beaded braids, I did manage to put together a couple of necklaces using kumihimo braids and beads I made specifically for a necklace or two as mentioned in a prior post.  Oh it was so much fun making braids again on my Marudai !  Anyway, it's about time I put these up.  :)    

I did not make any more beads as I thought I might.  The heat wave was fast and furious around here !  lol !  I had alot of fun putting these two necklaces together.  The tough part was deciding how many beads to use on the first one.  The first one is the round braid. I used my new 2mm satin cording to make that braid.  I used two colors even though they are hard to tell apart. A  light blue and a very pale seafoam green.  It turned out great I think.
 A little background on this necklace.  The original tutorial I bought calls for a 9mm round, stuffed silk cord.  These are IMPOSSIBLE to find in the US ready made and I couldn't find anyone willing to make one.  I would of had to buy from over seas and the charge for shipping alone was ridiculous so I decided a round kumi braid would work just as well - and it did.

For the second one, I decided to mix it up a bit and made a flat kumi braid. It worked out just fine.  :)  I used more brand new 2 mm satin cording in a beige with a coral worked thru.  I love the pattern.  :)  All in all, the necklaces are something I personally won't wear but they were fun to put together.  It's not that I don't like them - I just don't wear necklaces.  Haven't for a VERY long time.  lol !  They get in my way.  lol !  Make sure to click on the photo's to get a larger view.  :)

So along with the necklaces, I have been playing with beaded kumihimo bracelets and may I say, I am so addicted to it !  I knew I would be since I loved making kumihimo braids from before.  This is just the icing on the cake or the tip of the iceberg or whatever cliche' would be appropriate here.  lol !  Point is, I'm really having ALOT of fun with it.  :) 

I'll save all that for the next post.  Which I know I won't wait a week to do !  lol ! 
Thanks so much for coming by.  I hope you come back again soon.  :) 



  1. It's rotten when it's too hot to torch....however it makes us try something new which is always good. Look what you made! Just beautiful..I wouldn't know where to begin with all those knots. Very nice all the lampwork additions. jenni

  2. So right Jenni. Trying new things is always fun. :) Thanks much for the compliments. Those braids are fun to do. No knotting involved at all. :)