For the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Marsha Hedrick, a porcelain artist I met on facebook. Marsha created some new porcelain pendant and end cap sets and she asked me to use a few of them with the Kumihimo braiding technique to create some necklaces. Here is a picture of the Leafy Green set from Marsha's website, Amazing Porcelain.com which I used to create the first necklace.
For the Kumihimo braid, I used two strands of multi colored fiber, two strands of metallic gold cording, two strands of green and amber triangle beads, and two strands of size 8 transparent dark green seed beads. I used the round braid pattern to create a 15" necklace. The slider pendant fits snugly on the 11mm diameter necklace braid. I attached a bezeled glass drop from the hole in the slider pendant.
After tying off the Kumihimo braid ends, I attached the porcelain end caps and metal toggle closure using needle and thread. Another option would have been to use wire which can be securely attached to the braid ends and then inserted through the holes in the end caps. I chose to use thread because I wanted to use matching beads to extend the closure. The total length of the necklace with the end caps and closure is 17".
Please check out all the other new pendant sets on Marsha's website HERE. And great news, all the new items are currently on sale! Stay tuned for more collaboration pieces to be shown soon.