Going Luna-y Or, i finally figured out what to do with my kumihimo rope

I've been learning how to make kumihimo braids but hadn't actually done anything with one yet. Time for that to change!

Ingredients

I picked out this pretty blue, red and gold braid and decided it needed a pendant. I had ordered some LunaSoft cabs recently and found a red one that was just the right color. I followed the bezel pattern from Leslee Frumin's "Trio of Crowns" project (Beadwork Oct/Nov 2014) but used the cab instead of a Swarovski rivoli. I was concerned at first because I thought the cab was supposed to fit down inside the brick fortress, but it turns out it just perches on top and the netted beads hold it in place.

Perching Cabochon

Once I got the pendant finished I had decide how to finish the braid. I have been hesitant to do the standard binding-and-gluing-into-endcaps because I'm used to making things that can be undone if they don't quite work out, and the gluing seems so final. Plus I kind of like the little fringy tassels at the ends.

I was going to just tie the ends together temporarily and come up with something better later on when I remembered a Chinese cord necklace I have that has a sliding knot sort of thing instead of a metal clasp. A bit of YouTube searching later and I had my solution.

Clever Slidy Knot FTW

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