But this design quickly became a study in problem solving, with problem #1 being that I didn't have any matching seed beads in a size that would work up into a beaded kumihimo rope.
So I decided I would fall back on one of my favorite beadweaving stitches, the spiral.
I had too many bead choices here, and had to play with them, and keep narrowing them down, so that I didn't end up with a overly busy or chunky spiral rope that would overwhelm the bead, despite the bead's size.
This is the spiral I finally decided on: brown freshwater pearls, mauve seed beads, burgundy seed beads, olive green seed beads, and copper seed beads for the core. After stitching this 2 inch length, I came upon problem #2: how to cap the large raku bead?
I spent a couple of days working on this beadcap issue. I stitched a number of different attempts from seedbeads, in various sizes, and various patterns, but none of them worked; they needed to be relatively flat on the end, and then immediately flare out pretty widely, and then hug the bead.
And no ready-made beadcaps were anywhere near the size of this bead's end, so I kept stewing, and started looking around for anything I could use to cobble together a suitable beadcap.
I finally found a combination of Vintaj brass findings that I felt, theoretically anyway, could work. I used metal punch pliers to punch 6 holes in a Vintaj brass ring, to correspond with the placement of the 6 petals on the Vintaj flower.
These are the 3 Vintaj components I finally settled on - the larger ring is a good size for the end of the Raku bead.
Here is how the 3 components stacked in my plan - now I just had to get them to stay fastened together (and attach them to the bead!)
I made a number of attempts to wire-wrap the components together, but wasn't happy with any of the results.
So I decided to weave the components together with seed beads, and after several more tries, this is the (somewhat over-exposed, sorry) result.
I then used 20g Vintaj brass wire to wire the caps to the bead, and then attached a length of spiral to each end. The original plan, after settling on the spiral, was to have the whole necklace be a simple spiral, but by now I had so mych time and energy invested that I decided to glam it up, and added a short length of Vintage brass chain with fringe embeliishment comprised of Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls to each side, before continuing on with the spiral rope.
Of course, I had to do some more embellishing, so I added fringe to one side, and some freeform peyote leaves to the other.
Then I finished with a Vintaj brass S-hook and extender chain, providing an adjustable finished length.