I am so excited to introduce this simple but elegant bracelet. What makes it really sing is the combination of some enchanting Delica bead colors and an amazing clasp. The clasp gives it the perfect finished look while also providing an easy solution to burying those warp threads. It takes a minute to attach the clasp. Your bead loom woven piece will go from being cut off your loom to a beautiful finished piece of jewelry in a matter of minutes. I have made at least eight of these to supply inventory to galleries that sell my work. I don’t believe I’ve ever had so much fun “mass producing” jewelry for sale. Yes, each piece is different, and that certainly helps. But the idea that finishing will be quick, easy and totally satisfying really has added to my general satisfaction with making this bracelet.
Your kit comes with enough supplies to make two bracelets including six colors of Delica beads, a bunch of size 15/0 beads for finishing, two clasps and a bobbin of C-Lon thread. If you have not bought the kit, open up the pattern which is provided below and use your own Delica beads. You will have to purchase the clasp, which really is necessary to make this bracelet sing.
The only tricky thing is calculating how long a bracelet you need to make. Based on the size that fits my six inch wrist, I have been able to come up with guidelines for you. Because this clasp does not leave room for error, you really do need to get the size calculation correct. You want this bracelet to fit snugly, but not so snugly that you struggle to get it buckled onto your wrist. But the good news is if it turns out to be a little too small for you, you can always find someone who would love to receive it as a present.
Here are the patterns. You will want to either open them on your computer or print them out.
We are going to start with the wider bracelet. This bracelet is 17 beads wide. It requires 18 warps. You will need enough length to weave a piece from five to seven and a half inches long. You want at least four inches of waste warp in order to tie overhand knots in the warp before burying the ends inside the clasp.
My wrist is six inches. In order to weave a bracelet that fits my wrist, I wove it six and a half inches long. This is equal to one hundred rows. There are fifteen rows for every one inch of bracelet. So if your wrist is five and half inches, make your piece seven or eight rows shorter than mine. In the other direction, increase your piece by fifteen rows for every additional inch in length you require.
You will be following the pattern from the bottom up stoping where you need to in order to achieve the correct length.
Warping Your Loom:
Go here for our standard Mirrix warping instructions.
Put the fourteen dent spring on the top of the loom.You only need an inch or so of threaded rod showing. Place the warping bar in the clips on the back of the loom a couple of inches below the bottom beam. Tie the end of your beading thread to the warping bar.
Take he thread up to the back of the top beam, around the top beam to the bottom beam and up the back of the loom to the warping bar. Do a U-turn around the warping bar and head back down to the bottom beam, around it and up to the spring and down to the warping bar.
Continue with this pattern until you have eighteen warps on the loom. Count the number of warps in the spring to determine this.
Tie the end of thread to the warping bar.
Release tension slightly and bring the warping bar to a couple inches above the top of the bottom beam. You are ready to start weaving!
Weaving Your Bracelet:
I am viewing my pattern on my computer. That way I can zoom in. You can also print your pattern so it’s larger by increasing the percentage.
I have laid out my beads as they appear at the top of the pattern. To make it really clear which bead is notated by which letter, I have cut out the the legend and placed each one with the appropriate bead. The letters, as you can see, come up in the pattern. So this really helps when colors such as the copper and pink can seem the same in the pattern.
Cut a length of thread from four to five feet long. You want enough length to preclude having to replace the thread often but not so much that your thread gets tangled. Tie one end to the threaded bar. If you are right handed, tie to the left side of the loom. If you are left handed, tie at the right side of the loom.
You are starting at the bottom of the pattern. In this case, it’s the bottom of the second image. String up seventeen beads. In this case, that would be seventeen of D, which is the copper bead.
Place the strung beads in between and behind the warp threads. Sew through the top of the beads.
Tie the end and the working end of the thread together. You will sew in the end of the thread when you finish the piece.
String the next row of the pattern and do the same. Continue following the pattern until you’ve reached your desired number of rows.
I am going to show you early on how to replace your weft thread. After you’ve sewn in the last row you can eek out of your thread, tie one part of a square knot at the edge. Then sew back through a few beads, knot around the warp thread, sew through some more beads, knot around the warp thread. Sew to the end and then start sewing through the row below. Sew through a few beads, knot around a warp thread. Sew thread to end and trim.
To begin a new thread, cut a length of thread 4 to 5 feet long. Sew through a few beads second row to the top from right to left, knot around a warp thread, sew through a few beads, then head up to the first row sewing through a few beads, knotting around a warp thread and sew through the end bead. (note: if you are left handed, do this in the opposite direction so that your thread exits at the last bead on the right.
You are ready to weave your next row.
To continue to comfortably weave, you at some point will want to advance your weaving. In order to do so, turn the wing nuts clockwise in order to release tension. Pull up on the warping bar until your piece is advanced to your liking. Increase tension on the warp by turning the wingnuts counter clockwise.
Keep weaving until you’ve reached your desired length. See you next weekend for finishing!