Welcome! I am sitting in the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport waiting for my flight home from the 2013 Spellbinders design teams meeting. Oh, my--we've had fun! Besides my Spellbinders dies, I've played with a lot of Tsukineko products (maker of Memento and many other great products), as well as learned more jewelry making tricks from the fabulous Julianna Hudgins. Since I took pictures as well as worked on Julianna's Jewel Loom, I thought I would share those here today. Maybe some of you are interested in branching out too. :-)
Okay, first I was overwhelmed with a GREAT grab bag of tools and jewel making tidbits that Julianna Hudgins shared from Beadalon! I am a tool girl--love to have the right pliers for the job--unhgh, unghhhhh. . .
I have never tried weaving with a jewel loom before.Truth be told, I didn't even know that they made such a thing! We used Julianna's loom (found one on Amazon HERE, though I think Spellbinders will also be carrying in in the future). It was fun, one of those perfect activities for an evening when you are pretending to watch TV with the family instead of being buried alone in your studio--know what I mean? ;-) In the picture above, mine was about half woven.
Here it is fully loomed (probably not a real term), and with the ends woven as well.
And here it is finished; I'd say that I spent two hours or so from start to finish. These are flat beads that lay nicely against your wrist. I'm a little too--ahem, OCD, some might say--to have big things on my wrist that bang on a table while I work. But this little thing is totally up my alley, having a minuscule "annoyance factor!"
If you're not a bracelet wearer, this is another use for loomed jewels--an altered book binding! This was one of the gorgeous samples that John Petersen passed around during his Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts class. I loved it, and I see more jewelry-making in my future. . .
Well, it's almost time to board my Minneapolis flight--first leg of the journey. Thanks for visiting my blog today!