I do well with goals. And when those goals fit in with what I want to do anyway, there is a good chance those goals will be realized.
I got it in my head that I wanted to weave a series of bead and crystal bracelets. So I hauled out my supply of crystals and 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads, arranged them all over every available surface in my studio and started to ponder my desired results. Of course, I immediately determined I was missing certain colors I absolutely needed. That’s one way to stall! Then I got over it and decided I had actually what I needed and would work with what I saw. That freed me to start working on my first bracelet. And here she is, wrapped around a cone of gold thread. I wish I had a wrist not attached to my body on which to wrap it but my husband’s wrist just would not do!
How hard are these to weave n a Mirrix Loom? Easy. I almost hate to reveal how easy. How long did the actual weaving take? About an hour. Warping? About a minute. You can weave this piece on any Mirrix Loom. You don’t need a warp coil. All you need is a loom, warp material, beads, crystals, a scissor, thread, a good needle, a clasp or some way to create a clasp and you are good to go.
Below is the bracelet finished on the loom. Sorry about the light. Yesterday was particularly grey and dull and light just would not sneak into my studio. The OTT light wasn’t helping much either. But you can still see the overall design. This particular bracelet only uses size 8/0 beads and size 4 mm crystals. All the bracelets will use 4 mm crystals because they take up the space of either two 8/0 beads or three 11/0 beads. I put four warps on the loom for three spaces in which to weave either one crystal or two 8/0 beads. If 8/0 beads and crystals are in the same row the method is to weave the first row, let’s say of two 8/0 beads, one crystal, two 8/0 beads. The next row, string up two 8/0 beads, sew through the crystal and string up two more 8/0 beads. On the return, go through the 8/0 beads and the crystal. The crystal is twice as tall as the 8/0 beads so now your two rows will be the same height. Easy.
For the clasp, I wrapped a rubber O-ring with hand-painted silk yarn. I’ve used a mother-of-pearl button for the clasp. The piece is a tad more than six inches long. The bracelet should fit snugly on one’s wrist. Adjustments can be made by adding or removing beads from when attaching the O-ring or button.
I lined the back with ultra-suede. This allowed me to bury the warp ends behind the piece and also to give the bracelet more stability and a really nice feel on one’s wrist. I sewed a series of three beads around the edges to give it a more finished look and to disguise the stitches that attach the bead piece to the ultra-suede. Those gold crystals are 24 karat gold plated and well worth the expense because I used only a few of them.
Here is a photo of the finished bracelet. Total time to make this: two hours!
Tomorrow’s bracelet (which I wove today!): A combination of 8/0 and 11/0 beads and 4 mm crystals! Check back.