Kumihimo and Glass Necklace

by Charlene Thiessen.
(Tempe, Arizona)

Kumihimo and Glass Necklace by Charlene Thiessen  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Red, white, black kumihimo necklace

I created the pendant first.

This is a piece of black glass on the bottom, a piece of clear glass with a white streak, and piece of red glass on top.

I fused it until it all melted together and then I added the glued on bail.

Kumihimo and Glass Necklace by Charlene Thiessen  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Red, white, black glass cabachon

I didn’t have any ideas for using it right away, so it went in my pile off glass cabochons.

Several months later I wanted to learn how to make a square kumihimo braid.

I was going to use the black satin cord, but that seemed kind of drab, so I added a strand of red and a strand of white to bundle. Glued on end caps with a hook and loop closure completed the braid.

Kumihimo and Glass Necklace by Charlene Thiessen  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Close up of red, white, black kumihimo braid and end cap

I was looking for something to hang from the braid and was looking through my cabochon stash and found the red, white and black piece of glass. A perfect fit!

It is a longer necklace than most I make and looks great on a red or black t-shirt.

Charlene Thiessen
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