Flat Kumihimo Leather Necklace with Teardrop Beads
designed byCheri Carlson
Approximate Size18 Inches
Beaches are full of lost treasures like fisherman's nets. I created an open weave for this necklace to give it the same effect.
Strands of leather from Leather Cord USA create an organically styled weave in this flat kumihimo necklace. Drops from Unicorne Beads look like glass floats dangling from a fisherman's net. Discover other ideas for using kumihimo techniques in your jewelry in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Cut the Leather Cord USA .5mm natural blue round leather into ten 36-inch pieces. Gather the ten cords into a bundle and knot together at one end. Push the knotted end of the leather into the hole of the kumihimo disk. Clip the weight to the tail of the knot.
Braid around the kumihimo disk until your cords are all positioned vertically, just like they were at the beginning of your weave. This is the start of your next round. Continue your weave, adding a Unicorne Beads wine and purple swirl boro glass teardrop bead to cord e as you move it to position 8. Then, finish the round with E to 3 as usual. Do not add a bead for the next two rounds of going around the kumihimo disk.
Continue the pattern of adding a bead for one round, then skipping two rounds, until you have added all 11 beads.
Continue braiding without beads to match the length on the other side of the necklace, approximately 3 1/2 to 4 inches. When your necklace is the desired length, remove the cords from the disk and gather them together and knot as close to the braid as possible to secure them.
Measure where you will want to cut the braids on each end. Finish the ends with thread and GS Hypo fabric cement and allow to dry. Cut the braid within the adhesive and the binding. Apply some Loctite super glue to the ends of the braid and attach a 11x16mm silver-plated brass ribbed cord end cap to each end.
Attach the 12x7mm stainless steel lobster claw to one end of the necklace using a sterling silver 5mm 20.5 gauge open round jump ring. Link three jump rings together and attach them to the other end of the necklace.
List of Components: Leather Cord USA .5mm Natural Blue Round Leather - By the Foot (BTF-0870, qty 33) Unicorne Beads Wine and Purple Swirl Boro Glass Teardrop Drop (DROP-0022, qty 11) 11x16mm Silver-Plated Brass Ribbed Cord End Cap (FIND-1560, qty 2) 12x7mm Stainless Steel Lobster Claw (CLASP-0646, qty 1) Sterling Silver 5mm 20.5 gauge Open Round Jump Ring (FIND-1835, qty 4)
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