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Beaded loom bracelet – Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Beaded loom bracelet – Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Paula Banaszak

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Flat loom bracelets have become very popular. Native American designs are especially fashionable. Even though they are really easy to make, they still can look stunning. Feel free to check out our tutorial in which Paula Banaszak will show you how to make a beaded loom bracelet.

Supplies necessary to make a beading loom bracelet:

Just remember, this tutorial is mostly to learn this beading technique – you can make it in any colour you want, doesn’t have to be identical. Maybe you’ll even try your own pattern?

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Our pattern for the beaded bracelet looks like this:
width: 12 beads ~2cm
length: 70 rows ~15cm.

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The first step is mounting threads on a loom. The above pattern is 12 beads wide so we need 13 warp threads.

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Next, tie weaving thread (weft) to the first warp on the left hand side. Leave quite big tail (we’re going to hide it in beads after the weave is finished).

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Thread your needle and slip the first row sequence on it.

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Move beads to the end of a thread (towards the knot). Place thread under warps (left to right, like in the picture below).

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Hold the beads close to the warp threads, making sure every bead is between them. Push them up with your finger.

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Pull the weft, it’s going to make the beads placement easier.

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Make sure every bead is in its place.

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Go with the needle through all the beads (right to left), make sure your weft is ABOVE your warp threads. We can help the disobedient beads and push them up a bit.

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Pull the thread through the beads.

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At the end we have to pull the weft quite tightly (but moderately) so the beads don’t have too much space in between.

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Slip the second row sequence.

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Do everything like in the first row. The thread with beads goes left to right, place the beads under warps, go with the needle above the warps, pull the weft.

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From time to time move beaded rows towards each other vertically. Do it gently, holding your warp threads.

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Make the remaining rows, slipping each row’s sequence according to the pattern.

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It’s so great to be weaving… Until our weft has finished.

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Now I’ll show you how to add a new one. We need to hide our current weft in the beads. We also have to secure it so everything holds together.

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Tie a thread to the first warp thread using a double knot.

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Thread a needle and go through the first or second row from the top, but not all beads.

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Take the needle out in any place between the beads.

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Now tie it on the neighboring warp thread.

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Hide the end of it in beads.

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Cut the remaining thread.

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Tie the new weft like the previous one, in the beginning, leaving a tail.

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Thread this tail on a needle and hide it in beads. We can just pull it through all the beads and cut or secure between beads (like the end of previous one).

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Continue weaving your bracelet.

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While finishing the bracelet we have to hide the weft the same way as with tying a new one.

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Hide the thread from the beginning.

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Thread your needle again. I used a jeans thread and BigEye needle. Now we’re going to weave the bracelet’s endings. It’s going to protect the crocodile clips from slipping out. Start weaving from the middle, not the side. The needle goes once above and once under the warp threads.

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The weaving thread has to go round the last warp on a side. Do the same on the other side.

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Do it a few times, moving the thread towards the beads from time to time.

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Remember that the weaving is going to be hidden in a clip, so we cannot have to many of them. When you decide you have enough, weave to the middle again, by the last warp thread go up with your thread and needle. Then go inside the weave (bottom to top) and pull a thread.

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Cut a thread, leaving big tail so you can tie the endings together with double knot. Cut the excess.

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Do the same on the other end.

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But this will not be enough. The crocodile clip might fall out at any time. That’s why now we have to tie the neighboring warp threads together using a double knot. To do it cut two threads (like in the picture) and tie them. Cut the excess and do the same with the remaining threads. I alter the sides of the bracelet, once right once left, so it doesn’t twist like crazy. Leave 3 middle threads.

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The bracelet should be hanging only on those 3 threads on both sides.

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Take it off of the loom by cutting the warp threads so we can tie them.

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And do so. Cut the threads together like in the pictures (two with one, double knot, cut the excess).

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Put a bit of jewellery glue on top of your threads.

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Attach a crocodile clip using pliers and close it (it’s best if your pliers’ nose is plain. Mine isn’t but I’m using the back of them, where they’re flat).

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Clench the crocodile clip in a few places to tighten. Make sure they are in a good position both front and back.

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Do the same on the other side.

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Attach the findings. We need split rings and a lobster clasp. I open the ring with what is handy (a crochet hook) and put a clasp in place. Next attach it to the clips. On the other side attach just a split ring to a crocodile clip.

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Pull your weave carefully, holding the bracelet (not the clips).

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Time for a fancy addition – tassels. I used two shades. Attach them to tiny end caps.

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Form a tassel head in your fingers, so it fits in an end cap. Put a little bit of glue in them and twist your tassel in. Do the same with the other one.

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Attach a split ring with tassels to the one on the end of the bracelet (one without a clasp).

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And here we are! Our bracelet is ready!

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