Jewel Loom Inspirations: Stringing Materials for Loom Woven Jewelry
Whenever starting a new craft, it’s good to get expert guidance on the best tools and materials to use for that particular craft. When it comes to loom woven jewelry, there are few better people to learn from than Jewel Loom Inspirations author Jewels Avelar. Not only did she write a book on loom weaving, she’s the inventor of the Jewel Loom™.
Thankfully, when it comes to the beads used in loom weaving, anything in your stash will do! From the tiniest 15/0 seed beads to Swarovski crystals to large gemstones, all can be used in creative ways with weaving on a Jewel Loom. Where you might go astray is when choosing the stringing materials for the warp and weft.
To make sure you have the most successful experience possible when making jewelry on a bead loom, let’s look inside the pages of Jewel Loom Inspirations and hear from Jewels herself on what stringing materials get the job done.
STRINGING MATERIALS FOR LOOM WOVEN JEWELRY
Coated Beading Wire
The versatility of the Jewel Loom allows you to explore many different stringing materials. Coated beading wire is my go-to material for creating the warp threads on my on loom work. It adds extra security and durability for heavier pieces that include bigger beads, though I use it on less heavy pieces, as well. I recommend Beadalon’s WildFire; it is available in a variety of colors and holds up well.
Occasionally, a project will call for beading thread. Beading thread is used to weave the beads onto the warp threads when a piece calls for more flexibility and movement. It is never used as warp threads because it is not durable enough. Beading thread is available in numerous colors and really allows you to match all of the components in your beading project. One·G and Nymo make great beading threads that work well with 15/0 or 11/0 seed beads.
Leather cording has become my new favorite material to use as warp threads. Available in different sizes and colors, leather cording allows you to create quick and easy pieces with simple finishing techniques. I use rounded cord in sizes 0.5mm, 1.0mm and 1.5mm most often in my beadwork.
Get creative when warping your loom: Copper wire, ribbon, and fabric strips are all options. These materials make it easy to finish your ends with a loop and button. Each project in Jewel Loom Inspirations will call for a specific type of stringing material, but as you get more familiar with your Jewel Loom, branch out and explore different textures, weights and materials.
Do you have a Jewel Loom? Have you gotten creative with your stringing materials? We’d love to hear about it! Share your favorite loom weaving materials in the comments below.
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