Thursday, October 11, 2012
Off Loom On Loom - Which Way?
I finally took the plunge on beading on a loom. I have been inspired by Chili Rose bracelets for a long time. They are beautiful and too expensive for my budget on jewelry. The weaving is easy enough, but the custom clasps cannot be reproduced, by me at least. I looked at looms from $15 to $300. I read up on warps, wefts, and sheds. I came to the conclusion I had no interest in weaving tapestry, table runners, or scraves. It took me many weeks to decide on a loom and how much I should spend to experiment. I knew there was a 50/50 chance I would not embrace a repetitive process very long. I checked most of the usual online stores to purchase a loom. The last place I looked at looms was Ebay. I found a small loom by beadandbeadlooms for $34. It will hold up to 48 warps and has an easy mechanism to tighten the threads. The loom is 10-1/2 long and is made of laminated birch. I am very pleased with the quality and construction of this loom.
My first project was a bracelet with a mirrored pattern across the bracelet. I probably should have sketched out a pattern on graph paper ahead time, but who has time for that! I got lucky because the entire pattern is symetrical. I did learn something very valuable in my first loom attempt.
A warped end bracelet is not my style. The only way to finish this off might be a friendship bracelet, which is not what I had in mind. I discovered that Artbeads has a a new product called a bead clamp clasp. I think I can put glue the end threads, snip them close and then attach the clasp. Keeping my fingers crossed it works.
In order to make a no warp end bracelet I will need to attach "S" hooks to the warp bar at each end. I believe this will do the trick leaving me with better options for an end clasp. I do hope to share this experiment at a later date.
Oh, by the way, I need to give credit to Claudia of Mirrix Looms for providing a very comprehensive loom beadweaving course on Craftsy. This course gave me a jump start to pursue my interest in loom beadweaving. Claudia demonstrates how to weave beautiful fiber bracelets. The course is well worth its price if you wish to learn a new skill set.