I am looming daily working on some great new ideas for the book, and unable to share. This is mainly why I haven't posted updated pieces in a while. This is the right time to share some steps I have taken to complete the last cuff I posted, "Loomed Cubes".
When I decided to try looming cubes, the hunt was on. Not only did I want something smaller, but also the size that offered a good color way selection. The 1.8 mm size fit the bill.
After completing my pattern to the length arranged for a 7.5 inch wrist, I began my edging process. This cuff, in particular, was going to be a four step process. My thoughts on edging vary, but mostly I feel it is this 'detail' and the 'detail of finishing' to include the edging, that makes a beading sparkle. I have never been a fan of being able to see 'threads' or 'the inside of beads' when I deem a looming 'complete'. There are different thoughts on this, but for me, I find it boosts a piece to become 'jewelry'.
My first layer of edging was using a 3mm Bordeaux Swarovski Pearl as a 'turn bead' shown in the picture above. I sometimes create this same effect when I am edging, again to hide thread, but here I really wanted to add this dotted line of pearls in a complimentary color.
You can see in the picture below, the second step 'brick stitching' 11/0 Delicas along the outside edge. This also shows why I had to complete the 'dotted line of pearls' first. I always take the time to plan ahead, every step.
When I am not adding a turn bead to my looming, I'll opt to always weave a line of beads, brick stitched, so I can add the rest of my edging without relying on a turn of the thread into the looming.
Below is a montage of the three steps to completed a 'swirl' type edging, using the brick stitched beads I just added. Notice in the picture below, how I used various sized beads and at an uneven count in line on the thread. This is what gave me the bead 'scallop' of my stitch.
A view from above shows how the three stages of my edging process is unfolding so far. The cubes are shining perfect in this picture too!
You can see in the photo below, the cuff is now cuff from the loom, for this fourth and final stage of edging. I always suggest to keep the piece on the loom, for any detailing. It holds your work steady and allows a faster completion because the looming is not flopping around while you are arranging the details. I also find it best to use a loom with some type of 'tension adjustment'. For some reason, I have been noticing that working the looming on a loom without a tension adjustment, the beading almost 'shrinks' while detailing or edging. They could be because of all the thread or the multiple pulls of the thread, tightening each draw of thread. When I can adjust the tension, slightly, it relaxes the looming and my detailing feels more fluid. A few small looms offer such an option, one is a loom made my someone in our Group, A Bead Looming Intervention. Such an option is perfect for the slightest release of tension, not to make the looming 'loop', but to relax the warps a bit. I'll add links to these type of looms as soon as possible.
Because I am adding large cubes to the edge, I wanted to be sure I was spacing them in a way that would allow for the bend. This is the reason I cut the looming from the loom. I ended up having to set two cubes close together, then skip a 'brick stitched' bead to continue another. This slight spacing gave the perfect bend of a large cube edge.
Finally, I got creative with a new idea to make a clasp using glass cabochons and pictures I down loaded off of the internet. The details in creating these clasps are set for another write up!
While looming the cubes, I felt a sense of 'French Country'. Therefore, I thought chickens, chooks, cockerels, etc. were the best choice to add in the photos.
I did bead bezel each and added some scrolling and a bead tube to help level each cab for the bend arc of the cuff while being worn. You can see these details in a final picture, either below or my prior blog post. The backing of the cabs are 'scrap book' page paper. It is stiff enough, rugged enough and offers a wonderful color way to match any beads being loomed. I always keep a large selection of color and styles on hand.
If you enlarge the photo below, you can see all of the details I just expressed above. I am surely not through with looming cubes. They feel awesome and give off a look no other bead offers. I love when the beads speak to me!