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Beaded Loom Bracelet
A tutorial by Denise Galloway
I must confess that bead looming is my newest addiction, although I have been playing with beads in this style since I was little. I had a bead loom as a kid and made many bracelets and little rings, but the weft thread in my kit was thin wire, which broke after just a few days of wearing my bracelet. Discouraged with spending hours on my creations only to have them break, I moved on to other crafts. Little did I know then that if I changed over to thread, I would have a beautiful creation that would last years.
Fast forward many years (!!), and I am happy to share that I have rekindled that love of a loom. Loomed bracelets work up much quicker than many other seed bead techniques, especially when you combine big beads with some of those little seed beads.
I will share 3 different ways to finish the ends of a bracelet. I have 7 different beading patterns in this tutorial to show you, including how to create different sized channels for beads of various widths within the same bracelet. I will also give ideas to decorate the side edges of the bracelets.
Included at the end of the tutorial are full length patterns (photos and written) as well as a list of suppliers.
Beadalon Jewel Loom
Scissors (sharp ones, like embroidery scissors)
Big eye needle
Glue (I use Hypo Cement)
C-lon, size medium (color of choice)
C-lon, size micro (color of choice)
24 6x9mm Czech fire polish
24 6mm Czech faceted fire polish
24 6mm Czech druk beads
24 6mm glass pearls
8/o seed beads 6 grams (color A)
8/o seed beads 6 grams (color B)
7 strand box clasp
14 2 x 2 seamless crimp tubes
14 3mm crimp covers