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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / homemade brake/tension device for RH loom on: September 30, 2006 07:40:42 AM
I bought an old rigid heddle loom at a flea market for cheap, only to get it home and discover a few missing parts. It's a really old TIA loom from Northfield Looms, so getting replacement parts from them is not an option, as far as I know.

The front bar was fairly easy to replace with some woodworking help from my Dad. However, the rachet and pawl for front and back were also missing. I've thought of a few options, from something as simple as wooden disks and a couple of nails to making my own rachets and pawls from polyclay. I wonder if a large heavy rubberband could be used to create enough friction, though. Any thoughts or suggestions here?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / polymer clay natasha beads on: March 03, 2006 07:56:26 PM
Hope this is the right place for this posting since these are not exactly a "finished project" just yet. I've been on a polymer clay hiatus for a while, having taken up knitting. However, I got out the clay again a couple of days back with the intention of making toggles and buttons. Here's what I ended up with:

The top left button is actually a kaleidoscope technique, and some of the others are swirl beads.

Close up on the brown and green beads

They still need to be buffed and glossed, but I'm happy with the colors so far.
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