Kumihimo braiding is very versatile; you can achieve all sorts of different effects by experimenting with unusual cords!
This kumihimo necklace is actually made up of two braids twisted around each other.
I made the cord with three different stringing materials; rattail, cotton wax cord in both pink and teal, and tufted yarn I found in a specialty shop. I was curious to see if I could incorporate the decorative yarn into a kumihimo cord and maintain the tufts on each little branch.
This was surprisingly easy to do on my kumihimo round disk. I just made sure that each “branch” was free of the braid as I worked.
I also discovered that it is fun to create my own end caps with filigree bead caps. A Bronze Bell Cap is a great component to wrap around thicker cord or two cords like I attached for this necklace. I use a plier to flatten the component around the cord