Use bead looms to make all sorts of woven bead jewellery, from bracelets and watchbands to necklaces and even delicate woven rings. While there are commercially made bead looms available, making your own loom is very simple. Bead looms require yarn spacing agents to help keep the threads strung evenly. In commercially made looms, these spacers are usually small notches in the ends of the frame, but for a homemade loom, a small coiled spring works well---the yarn threads stay in place in the coils of the spring even better than they do in the notches of a purchased beading loom.
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Things you need
- 2 wood planks, 12 x 5 x 1-inch
- 2 wood blocks, 5 x 5 x 1-inch
- 2 coil springs, .07 inch coils, 5-inch length
- Thin waxed yarn
Place the blocks 10 inches apart, then position the planks on either side, ends flush. Glue in place. Let dry.
Hammer in the nails, three on either side of the plank ends and blocks. The frame is now sturdy and secure.
Position the coil springs on either top of the wooden blocks. Align them exactly with each other, then glue in place. Let dry.
Hammer in four equally spaced nails into the face of the wooden blocks on either end of the loom, approximately two inches from the top. Leave a half-inch of the nail unhammered. Your loom is now ready.
Tie one end of the waxed yarn onto one of the nails protruding from the loom end.
Guide the yarn up through a coil in the spring, across the length of the loom, into the corresponding coil on the other side, and around a nail on the other end.
Bring the yarn back up, through the next coil, back across the length of the loom, and into the next coil on the other end of the loom, again hooking it around a nail on the loom end. Repeat until you have one more thread on the loom than the desired number of beads in the jewellery piece width. For example, if you are making a bracelet five beads wide, string on six threads.
Stringing the Loom
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