Sunday, March 11, 2012

No Warps to Weave in Bracelet Weave-along

For this project, you will need a Mirrix Loom with a No Warp-Ends Kit. We have these available for our new sized 5" Mini Mirrix and also for our 8" Lani Loom, 12" Little Guy Loom and 16" Big Sister Loom. The kits can be purchased here. The project is done with our No Warps To Weave in Bracelet Kit.

Included in this kit:

-Enough size 8/0 permanent finish galvanized beads and magatamas to complete two bracelets
-A 30 foot spool of Metallics Soft Flex fine beading wire
-A bobbin of C-Lon beading thread
-Instructions


Warping your Mirrix Loom


(Go straight to the YouTube Video here)


1) Slide the required number of paper clips on each bar.  If you don’t put enough on, don’t worry because you can always add more while the bars are on the loom.  If you put on too many, you can slide the clips to the side.  In this example, we used five clips on the top and five on the bottom for a piece that will be nine beads wide.  For this piece we will be using eight warps, so put four on the top bar and four on the bottom.

2) Loop the two pieces of cord over the top of the loom.  Stick the ends of the top bar through the loops near the end of the cords.  Take the other two tales of the cord underneath the loom and up to the top bar.  You will be attaching the cord to that same top bar (the bottom bar gets inserted later).  Make sure each cord is the same length.  It does not have to be tight.  The tension will be adjusted later. 





3) To attach the bottom bar, first measure down from the bottom of the paper clips of the top bar to the place on the cord that is the length of the piece you want to weave PLUS the length of the paperclips on the bottom bar.  I am making my bracelet six inches long.  Stick the bottom bar into the two cords at this place.  It will easily slide into the holes of the cord. 

4) In order to warp the loom, tie (or use a slip knot to attach) your SoftFlex wire to either a top or bottom paper clip and then in a zigzag pattern slip your warp through the top and bottom paper clips until you have as many warps as you need.  Tie off (or use a slip knot) on the final paper clip. 










5) Slide the cord that is on the outside of the top bar (the cord that runs the same path as your warp) off the top bar.  Now you just have warp between the bars on the front of the loom.










6) Evenly space the paperclips.  Apply tension on the loom.




Weaving your Bracelet

Now for the fun part.  Tie the end of a three foot piece of C-Lon thread to side bar of loom.  Weave two or three rows of just size 8/0 beads.






Follow those rows with a row of alternating 8/0s and magatamas starting with an 8/0 on the outside.  The next row will also alternate these two beads but with the magatamas on the outside.  Follow this with a row starting with a size 8/0 bead. 











Continue this pattern of three rows of just 8/0 beads and three rows of mixed beads until you see that you have room for only three or four rows of 8/0s.  Weave until you cannot fit in another row.

We will finish our bracelets next week!

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