Single-Strand Necklace with Carnelian Gemstone Cabochons, Seed Beads and Silk TasselD17E
The Orange Song
Beaded Kumihimo Rope
Slide 23-25cm of orange beads onto 4 of the threads, and 23-25cm of light beige beads onto the other four. This will allow you to make a chain about 38-40cm long. (Picture 1)
Twist one end of each of the threads on a separate spool. Tie all the remaining ends together with a knot. (Picture 2)
Pick up the kumihimo disc and place the knot at the center. Distribute the threads, securing them into the notches, as shown in Pictures 3 and 4.
Holding on to the knot at the center, pull the threads up, as shown in Pictures 5 and 6.
Begin the braiding of the rope. Braid a small piece (approximately 2cm) just with the threads, not using any beads. Move the threads in a clockwise direction. Hold you kumihimo disk in your left hand, securing the threads above the knot with your thumbs, and fixing the knot between your middle and point fingers underneath the disk. (Picture 7) Remove the thread from notch 31-32 and place it into notch 17-18. (Picture 8) You should have one thread on top and three on the bottom of the disk. Next, remove the thread from notch 15-16 and place it into the 1-2 notch.
Turn your kumihimo disk 90 degrees counterclockwise. Carry the thread in notch 7-8 over in to the notch 35-36, and the thread in notch 23-24 into notch 9-10. Turn the disk 90 degrees counterclockwise again and carry over thread 16-17 into notch 2-3, and thread 32-1 into notch 18-19, and again turn the disk. Going in a circle, braid about 1.5-2cm following this pattern from threads. (Picture 9).
Next, repeat the basic pattern of braiding the rope, but adding one bead at a time. (Pictures 10, 11, and 12) It’s important to keep an eye on the tension on the threads; if they are too loose, the rope will be lumpy and uneven.
After you finish your beaded kumihimo rope, braid about 1-2cm extra just with thread. Secure the ends using thread and needle, as shown in Pictures 13 and 14.
Attach eyepins to the ends. (Pictures 15 and 16)
Secure the ends with glue, and cut off excess of braided rope. Put one seed bead on each eyepin. (Pictures 17 and 18)
Put a cap/rope end on each eyepin, and bend both eyepins into nice loops. (Pictures 19 and 20)
Using jumprings, attach a closure to the rope. (Picture 21)
Glue the cabochon to the piece of felt. Sew on the first row of Delica beads around it. Bezel the cabochon in the peyote technique. (Picture 22) Sew on one more row with bronze Toho seed beads, and cut off excess felt.
Attach the tassel to the backing of the cabochon, as shown in Picture 23.
On a piece of heavy paper, outline the bezeled cabochon. Mark another outline inside the shape, 2mm closer to the center than the previous line. (Picture 24) Cut out the shape using the second line.
Glue the piece of paper to the back of the felt on the cabochon. (Pictures 25 and 26)
Glue a piece of leather to the entire backing of the cabochon, and cut off excess leather. (Picture 27)
Finish the edge of the bezeled cabochon, as shown in Picture 28.
Put a drop of glue on the back of the smaller carnelian cabochon, and glue it to the peyote strip. (Pictures 29 and 30)
Bezel the smaller cabochon. (Picture 31)
Sew the ends of the peyote strip together, as shown in Pictures 32 and 33. For stability, sew it again, going in the opposite direction. (Picture 34) You should have a cylinder, as shown in Picture 35.
Connect the cylinder and the large cabochon, as shown in Picture 36. Slide the pendant onto the rope.