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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recommend loom brands? on: November 11, 2011 06:40:55 PM
Just like there is a house for every buyer, there is a loom for every bead weaver.

One of the best quality looms, for the price, can be found at beadlooms dot com, IMHO. You look for a good strong build, warp tension control and maybe a base to hold your bead cups. Other then that, you can move into other loom styles and price ranges, but to start, look for the qualities I just mentioned. If you feel a small wire loom may be your best deal at this time, consider bolting it to a flat piece of wood so it does not twist while looming and add an extra washer so the rollers keep their tension. Other than that, enjoy your travels. Much has changed in the bead looming catagory!  Wink
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Loom Beading on: November 11, 2011 06:36:47 PM
I just want to jump in here and offer some good vibes for beading on a loom! I do, solely. I am also finalizing a book about this method of bead weaving which I hope will change the minds of other bead weavers who have steered clear of it.

Just to include further info, other than visiting my blog or website, I also have a group on FB, A Bead Looming Intervention. Since I started it, we have many new loomers in the bead world. They tell me all the time how they love the technique and so glad there are new updated ways to manage the warps. I offer classes and patterns, mainly getting things heated up for when the book hits the shelves.

Please know, there are some exciting new things happening with this form of bead weaving. Don't get rid of your looms, just yet!  Grin
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: "Who Me Deer?" Loomed Cuff! on: February 10, 2011 05:02:00 PM
This is a wonderful Honor! Thank you so much!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded wall hangings(diden't know where tp put this) on: January 09, 2011 04:30:39 PM
These are wonderful! Why did you loom them in strips? Didn't the loom handle the width?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: "Who Me Deer?" Loomed Cuff! on: December 27, 2010 08:28:19 AM
Thank you both! I am working on another cuff idea using the same type of ribbon clamps for the clasp. They are working out well, for an adjustable cuff!!

Nice to be back and sharing with all the creative people here!!

Erin
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / "Who Me Deer?" Loomed Cuff! on: December 26, 2010 05:38:34 PM
It has been quite a while since I was able to share some of my bead looming, with everyone here! There have been many emails sen, from this forum, asking questions about bead looming, and my finishing techniques, that I thought I would share one of my latest cuffs!


The clasp is an adjustable style. I have been working on making loomed cuffs more adjustable for a while now!


I also used a very different style bead, for the edging, this time. These are large copper barrel beads. It is so cool they worked out, because now I think my 'edging' bead supply has grown to include larger beads! These barrel beads are big, so I decided to string a row of 11/0 glass beads inside of them so they do not separate while wearing!

The opposite side is just a simple row of Permanent Metallic 11/0 Glass beads!

I love making cuffs, but have been working with 2D patterns more. I'd also like to share this pattern here with everyone!
http://www.scribd.com/full/45458465?access_key=key-14mksac45i79j6cms6mk

It would be great to also share some cool techniques to finish the loomed cuffs without much in the way of 'warp management'!

Erin
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Mega Man Bracelet (my first time using a bead loom!) on: April 26, 2010 08:28:03 PM
Beautiful job! I see that the edges are nice and straight which means your warp tension was good!
As for a clasp....consider a tube/slide clasp with a long loop to fold over the looming! Can't wait to see more!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Amethyst "Feathers" Earrings - bugle & seed beads on: March 22, 2010 08:29:46 AM
These are wonderful!
I guess I am one of those "old enough to have made this style back then", lol, but want to tell you what great colors you used. It is impressive how you graphed these out yourself then worked up the pattern with beads! They are really lovely!

Erin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Earrings, Earrings Everywhere! on: February 04, 2010 10:47:38 AM
Thank you so much, everyone! It is so nice to share pictures here, with such talented artists!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Earrings, Earrings Everywhere! on: February 03, 2010 05:39:36 PM
I have been making earrings, for the past few weeks, and would love to share my 'evolution' of ideas, from this time. There are many completed, so let me start with these first! Actually, I am waiting for some particular bead colors to arrive so I can start my next foray, so 'earrings' are keeping me amuzed  Grin

Wooo, I think I could go one, but I'll give you all a break! LOL!
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