Here I had used string around each bead. However, I was uncertain as to how to get a good placement.
So I tried:
I liked the concept, but when I had finished it, I didn't like it.
So I used Kuminhio braids and braided with blue and metallic tread with the beads in regular intervals. The result:
These are three strands of Kumihimo braided strands that are then braided.
Finally, I got the look I was looking for!