We’re ready to finish our bracelets!
First, swing out your wooden clips to release the warping bar.
Loosen the tension on the loom until the piece is loose on the loom.
Remove the warping bar.
Let your piece rest for at least an hour or two. You want to make sure the warp threads are not stretched.
Trim the ends of the warp, removing the loops on one end and making sure each side is the same length.
Divide your warp threads on each side of the bracelet into pairs. Then, tie the pairs of warp threads together in overhand knots. Use your tapestry needle to place the knot close to the piece. Do this on both sides of your piece.
Next, thread your beading needle with a short length of bead thread. Tie the ends of the thread together to make a loop of thread on the needle.
Take one of the silk warp threads on one side of the piece and thread it through the loop you just made with the beading thread.
Choose one side of your clasp. Bring your needle through that the opening in the clasp and keep pulling, bringing the silk thread through the clasp opening.
Do this with each of the the other silk ends on this side of the piece. It might be a bit difficult to get the last thread through, but it will fit. Just tug tightly!
Tie the four silk ends into a knot to secure the finding. Where you want this depends on the wrist size of the person you are making this for. The nice thing is that you can always move where this knot is to resize the bracelet.
Do the same thing with the other side of the finding on the other end of the piece.
Now it’s time to add crystals the ends of the silk. You’ll use your bead thread loop to add the crystals.
Place one of the warp threads through the loop of beading thread. Thread a crystal or two onto the needle and slide it down over the loop and onto the warp thread.
Tie a knot at the end of the warp thread. Use your tapestry needle to place this knot where you want the crystals to be on the thread. You could put all the crystals at the same place on each thread, or stagger them for a different look.
Do this on all the warp thread ends. Trim after the knot on each thread.
At this point, you may want to test the sizing of your bracelet and move your findings slightly to make it larger or smaller.
Once you’ve figured out the correct sizing, you’re done!
Thanks for taking part in this weave-along! We can’t wait to see pictures of your final bracelets!