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Shimmer Ring | Beaded Loom Jewellery

A gorgeous selection of metallic bracelet and ring bases have just arrived and we’re getting creative personalising our favourites! I chose to use a rose gold plated ring base and created a simple loomed piece to fit around the edge. I wanted my loomed beads to be as flat and neat as possible when they were secured to the ring, so size 15 seed beads were a great option. Using such tiny beads will mean you’ll need a size 10 or 12 beading needle and you’ll only be able to thread through each row two or three times.

Below I’ll show you how to make a full ring that will be sewn together to fit over your ring, and I’ll also show you how to make a loomed strip that can be glued on to keep your ring flexible and slightly adjustable in size.

Project Materials

  • Size 15 silver lined rosaline Toho seed beads (15TR31)
  • Size 15 silver lined tanzanite Toho seed beads (15TR39)
  • Size 15 permanent finish galvanised aluminium Toho seed beads (15TRPF558)
  • Plated ring base (Choose here)
  • Nymo beading thread (TC128)

You will also need:

Tutorial 

Step 1. Set up your loom with 9 warp threads as per the instructions included in your loom. We will be placing the bridge on the loom in the 10th hole along. This will make a loomed section that will fit entirely around the ring base, covering the gap where it is adjustable (Image A). If you want to make a strip of loom that will fit up to the gap, but not cover it, then place your bridge in the 8th holes (Image B). You will need to glue this in place. Here are the examples of the two types of ring design

If you are using a Little Ricky Beading Loom is should look like the following photo. To set up the warp threads, secure your thread to one of the pegs and take the thread over the first metal bar then over and under the other bar. Go over and under the first bar again. Repeat this until you have 8 gaps for your beads to sit between 9 warp threads. Leave a length of thread and secure it to a new peg, inserting the peg on one side of the loom.

Step 2. Take an armspan of thread and add a needle. Secure the other end of the new thread to a peg and insert it into the bottom of your loom where you will start adding beads. This is your weft thread. Begin your first row by picking up 8 x size 15 beads in your chosen colour. I started with the rosaline pink. Pass the needle (from right to left) under the warp threads. Use your finger to raise the beads so that they sit inside the warp threads in the gaps. Raise the beads and pass your needle through them again (from left to right) over the warp threads, securing them in place. Repeat this again with your next row, I chose 8 x tanzanite purple beads.

Step 3. Continue to weave back and forth, under and then over the warp threads adding a line of beads. I chose a simple striped pattern.

Step 4. Once you’ve finished your loomed piece and have added as many rows as you can, use your thumb and forefinger to push the beads down to the bottom of the loom and fill in the last small gaps between the beads and the metal bars of the loom. Remove the piece from the loom. Lay the piece on a flat surface and run your fingers across it from the middle going outwards to slightly move the rows of beads and fill the gaps where the bars were.

If the gaps are difficult to fill and you think you will end up with spaces in your rows of beads, follow the quick steps below to hide the small loops of thread at the ends. If you have managed to hide the loops, you can miss out the additional step and carry on with step 5.

 

How to hide the loops of thread – Take one of your long threads near the loops and thread so you are exiting the top row (shown here on the left side). Thread through the first loop of thread above the beads and thread through the 2nd bead on the 2nd row down to drag the thread downwards. Thread through the next loop and then thread through the next bead on the 2nd row to bring it downwards. Repeat until all the loops have been pulled down. These can be hidden on the inside of your ring, so you won’t need to see them!

 

Step 5. Once you are happy with your loomed piece, try wrapping it around your ring base. Check whether it is long enough to reach around the ring. If it is a little short, you can add a row of beads by sewing in and out of one end of the loom, adding a bead at a time to the end. If it is too long, try widening your ring slightly.

Step 6. Next, sew your loomed piece around your ring by threading in and out of each side until you are confident the ends are secured together. Do this while holding the beads on your ring base.

This is a nice neat way to attach your beads to your ring base. If it is tight enough, you shouldn’t need to add any glue to hold it in place. This also means you may be able to slide the beads on and off of the ring to swap between different loom patterns when you want a different look!

Want to keep your ring a bit more flexible? Try making a shorter length of loomed beads and glue this in place like my example below!

‘Bordeaux’ WrapIt Loom Bracelet

The NEW WrapIt Loom by Rainbow Loom is here and we’re the first official U.K. suppliers of this awesome new tool! Making trending wrap bracelets has never been easier or faster with the WrapIt Loom. Inside the tool you’ll find a handy bead tray, lots of Toho seed beads with patterns and easy-to-follow instructions to make four different bracelets. Now that we’ve made all four bracelets in the kit, we’re using our own choice of beads to make a design of our own! I’ve chosen to use a rich mix of purple and burgundy glass beads inspired by Pantone’s autumn colour ‘Tawny Port’, with our sparkling new vintage pink glass faceted round beads in Pantone’s ‘Ballet Slipper‘ to lighten the design.

Project Materials

WrapIt Loom
Czech Fire Polished Glass Round Beads Amethyst 6mm Pk100
Preciosa Twin Hole Tile Square 6mm Frosted Amethyst Pk20
Preciosa Czech Fire Polished Beads 3mm Vintage Pink Pk100
Nymo Beading Thread Brown
Swarovski Heart Button Amethyst Pk1
Purple Waxed Cotton Cord 1mm 6 Metres
2x Beading Needles

Tutorial

Set up your WrapIt loom following the box instructions. Cut a length of purple cord approx. 34 inches long. Thread your button and move it to the centre of your cord. Take either side of the cords and tie a knot close to the back of the button. Roughly measure the length of the bracelet to your wrist and tie two LOOSE knots where you want the beads to end and the clasp to fit. Make sure you don’t pull the knot tight at this point so that you can easily adapt the length later on if you need to!

Now place the button and knotted end into the top clamp of your loom to hold it in place. Pass the opposite end through the clamp and wrap it around the WrapIt Loom end. Pull back the sliding part and press it into the groove to give you a tight tension.

  

Take a 1.5m length of cord and find the middle. Hold the middle point over your purple cords at the top of the loom. This is where you will begin to add beads. Take the left side of the thread and weave over the outside purple cord and back up through the middle between the two purple cords. On the opposite side do the same, taking the right thread around and up through the middle.

To add your first bead, take 1 vintage pink faceted bead and thread it onto one of the threads. Take the other thread and pass it through the bead in the opposite direction so that each cord crosses through it. Pull both of the threads until the bead sits neatly within the purple cords. After you add your beads, you will always pass each side of the thread back around the outside of the purple cords and up through the middle to complete the row. (Bear in mind that it will take a couple of rows for your design to sit nicely).

  

Next, thread on two pink beads and as before, pass the other cord in the opposite direction through the beads. Pull the cords and encourage the beads to sit within the purple cords. Bring each thread around the outside and up through the middle.

For the next set of rows complete the following:
1x 6mm bead.
2x pink 3mm beads.
1x tile bead – Since this is a twin hole, you need to treat it as if it were two rows of beads. Make sure you still wrap the threads around the outside of the cords before going through the second hole!

Repeat this pattern from your first two pink beads until you run out of room to add more beads. When you reach the end of the loom, check the bracelet against your wrist to see how much further length you wish to add. At this point, you can amend the knot if necessary. Place the bracelet further up the loom, gently clamping around the beads. Return the opposite knot to its position in the other clamp, pull back on the clamp and secure it down into the groove to give you your tension.

Continue to add your beads and when you are almost at the end, finish the design with two rows of pink beads, followed by a single pink bead to draw the end to a point. When you have finished adding beads, knot the thread a few times onto around the thread of a row and trim away the tail end.

You might like to secure the knots further with a drop of glue. Your bracelet is now ready to wear!