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Affinity Bracelets 1 and 2

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Affinity bracelets 1 and 2

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Bead & Tapestry Cuffs taught by Claudia Chase

Combine beadwork with weaving for beautiful cuffs that are accessible and eye-catching! Create jewelry designs that fit your style and learn to weave with beads on three different looms, including one you make yourself.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Jewelry
Type Accessory, Bracelet
Style Cute, Casual
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Who is this project for? Women

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What materials did you use? Art silk (rayon) embroidery thread - standard 6-strand for bracelet 1 on the right, while for bracelet 2 on the left I split the embroidery thread into individual strands and used those; size 8/0 seed beads for bracelet 1, and size 11/0 seed beads for bracelet 2.

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What are you most proud of? Finally getting the edges reasonably straight and even, successfully incorporating tapestry techniques into the bracelet, and the serendipitous way the variegated yarn and my own little 9-row pattern interacted to create a rather attractive, varying colour pattern!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Whatever kind of loom you're using, make sure you get good strong tension on the warp threads. It really does make everything else so much easier. And don't worry if you can't afford an expensive loom for now - it's perfectly possible to create these bracelets on cheaper looms, although it might be fiddlier and involve more work setting them up adequately. Bracelet 1 was created on a small wooden child's loom I picked up on eBay for 10 - warping wasn't as quick and easy as it would have been on something like a Mirrix loom, but it wasn't impossible either. And bracelet 2, using much thinner strands and smaller beads, was woven on an ordinary bead loom.

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I love the way you did your color patterning--thanks for taking the time to write good notes!

11/09/2012 Flag

Very Nice ... Thank you for sharing with us. I love the colors too.

08/02/2013 Flag