Braided Splendor is a very challenging project because it has a complicated stringing pattern, a multiple-bead-dropping beaded core, and it switches back and forth between dropping beads into the braid one at a time and in multi-bead units. It requires that you braid with intention and are ever-mindful of your movements and tension. To be successful with this ADVANCED project you should have completed many previous beaded kumihimo necklaces and be comfortable both braiding around a core and dropping multiple beads at a time.
Techniques used: kumihimo
The Braided Splendor kit includes printed instructions, big-eye needle, Superlon micro, Japanese seed beads, Czech glass beads, crimping endcaps, TierraCast chain, TierraCast headpins, and binding thread.
You’ll need the following tools (not included) to complete the project: foam kumihimo disk (regular 1/2″ thickness), 1 plain bobbin, 8 weighted bobbins (~23g each), clip-on center weight (~45g), scissors, Hypo-cement jewelry glue, wire cutters, and jewelry making pliers.
Your Braided Splendor kit includes enough materials to make a braided focal section of three beaded beads (~4" long) or five beaded beads (~6.4" long.) Pair the braided focal section with the 18" of included chain to make a necklace with a maximum finished length of ~24".
This is an original design by Rebecca Ann Combs of Design & Adorn. ©2019
The Braided Splendor instructions also appear in Rebecca's third book Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry.
This kit and the included pattern are offered for sale for your personal use only. This pattern may not be copied, transmitted or taught without the express, written permission of Design & Adorn.
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