Beaded Wrap Bracelet on a Mini Mirrix


Yesterday morning a customer emailed me asking about making wrap-bracelets on a Mirrix Loom. While I was writing back to her, I realized that you might be able to weave a wrap-bracelet on a Mini Mirrix without using the warping bar. 

I took out some leather cord, strung on a pewter button and folded the cord in half. I then looped that around the loom after adjusting the height and tied the button side and the other end together. Then, I tightened my tension.

It was the perfect set up for a wrap-bracelet (and oh-so-easy)!

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The Third Day of Mirrix-Days!

Welcome to day three of Mirrix-days, where every day through the 12th we will have a deal on something in the Mirrix online store. From kits to accessories and weaving materials, this is the week to pick up stocking stuffers for yourself or the weaver in your life.

Today (December 10th) we are giving you $15 off our Crystal & Bead Wrap Bracelet Kit with code mirrixday3 at checkout. (See below for the fine print.)

This is one of Mirrix President Claudia's favorite kits. It goes along with a fantastic online course she made for Craftartedu.com. The course costs $15 (exactly how much you'll save on the kit) and will walk you through the basics of this great project. If you already know how to weave beads (and how to combine large and small beads and crystals), you can probably weave this without the course!

Click here to purchase.
Click here to view the online course.

 

 

*The Fine Print*

Only valid on December 10th, 2014. Mirrix Looms reserves the right to deny any coupon or end a deal early. Can only be used at mirrixooms.com. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can only be used once.

 

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Wrapped Leather and Bead Bracelets


This beautiful (and free!) wrap leather and bead bracelet tutorial is by Kim Holowatiuk
Sleepy Holow Leather & Custom Beading
www.sleepyholowcustomleather.com

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Kids Can Weave!

Last Sunday Claudia taught a class at NOA Gallery in Groton, MA with the gallery's wonderful owner Joni Parker-Roach. NOA is a gorgeous art gallery and also offers wonderful art classes for adults and children.

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Easy Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet

A few months ago I bought some leather cord and was playing with wrap bracelets on my Mirrix. I was playing with the idea of using wire to string the beads and trying for really easy, fast projects. These were my results:

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More Beaded cuffs and a wrap bracelet

I have been busy. I have been knocking off three of these a day. The thing I love about bead weaving (besides the fact that I love bead weaving) is that it is not hard on my hands. Eventually, every other craft I do starts to anger my hands and so I have to stop. I can weave on a loom all day (with breaks of course to stretch, etc.) but my hands never get tired.

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Wire & Suede: Another 20-minute Bracelet

I'm addicted to using SoftFlex wire on leather or suede! I've ordered some more supplies, but in the meantime did some playing with the concept of weaving a wrap bracelet. My next one (when I get more leather) will be woven further across (maybe 5 or 7 warps across) to make an almost cuff-like bracelet (which will be slightly stiff because of the wire). Can't wait!

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The 20-Minute Bracelet

Weaving isn't (usually) for the impatient (a trait which I more than occasionally identify with). A tapestry can easily take months to complete and even most bead weavings aren't completed in an afternoon. But sometimes you need a bracelet to wear with your favorite brown wedges and your brand-new Kate Spade mint-green purse and you need it now. I mean, hypothetically... (ha).

Anyway, I've been playing with leather as warp on my Mini and found a partial tube of gorgeous fire-polished crystals that just screamed spring. I also dug up a tube of SoftFlex Econoflex very fine wire in a pretty blue (it was this). It was like the universe was telling me to create this bracelet. I'd never used wire on leather before and wasn't sure how it would react, but the results were so much fun and SO EASY. Like, do-this-with-your-child easy (disclaimer: all loom work with children should be done under supervised conditions. Small and sharp parts can be a hazard).

And it was FAST. Like 20-minutes fast. You could, of course, bead a whole lot more of the bracelet (and that would be gorgeous) but it would take a little bit longer and require more than the amount of crystals I had on-hand.

Fold your leather piece in half and loop around the warping bar. Then bring the leather (keeping it flat) under the loom, around the front and tie the ends back around onto the warping bar. Then, tighten your tension. Make sure everything feels even.
This leather, looped around on one end and then tied on the other, to the warping
Make a slip knot with your warp thread. Here we used SoftFlex very fine wire in blue.
Take a crystal (we used 4mm fire Polished crystals), beads or gemstones and place it behind and between the two strips of leather. Then weave the wire through the front, securing the bead to the leather.
Continue to weave on your crystals, beads (in a few places I used three Delicas in place of a crystal) or gemstones onto the leather.

When you've finished (you can weave as long or as short as you'd like), discreetly double-knot your wire ends and trim then. Then remove the piece from the loom and tie on your wrist!
So easy and so cute!

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Affinity Wrap Bracelet

I'm in love with wrap bracelets. They're casual, pretty, simple and easy to wear. I realized this morning that it would be really easy to make an Affinity Bracelet into an Affinity Wrap Bracelet. I found some gorgeous gold iris Tila beads that were perfect for this experiment and got weaving.

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