Firecracker Bracelet Project

Firecracker Bracelet Project

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1) Cut 20 equal lengths of Kevlar Cord. Try to make these about 20-24" long. Seperate each thread into their individual grooves on the spacer bar at the top of the loom (the spacer bar furthest from you). Make sure you leave a 6-8" tail with the cord. When you have them all seperated, take a small piece of tape and place it over all of the threads on the other side of the spacer bar. Take the cord tails and lift off the small strip of wood on the warp peg furthest from you. (If you are using another type of beading loom , you may only have to wrap the tails around the warp peg, there is no small strip of wood used to hold the cord tails in place). Wrap the end of the cord tails around the warp peg and replace the small strip of wood to hold the cords tails in place. (You should use a strip of tape to wrap around the warp peg to make sure that the wood strip doesn't pop out when you're looming).

2) Pull the cording down through the outher spacer bar (closest to you). Make sure that the cording is nice and straight, and then use another piece of tape to secure the cording as it comes through the spacer bar. Pop the small strip of wood off of the closest warp peg, and then take the cord tail ends (there will be a substantial amount of excess cord on this end, don't worry) and wrap them around the warp peg. Re-insert the strip of wood, and use a couple of pieces to secure this strip of wood on the loom.

3) Tighten the screws on the top warp peg. Roll the bottom warp peg so that the warp cords tighten up along the loom. Make sure that the warp thread are tight, but not twang tight. They should bounce back if pressed on, but not so loose the the cords stayed relaxed. Tighten up these screws, and your're ready to loom.

4) Cut a 2yrd length of Kevlar cord from the spool (two armlengths). Wrap the end of the cording around the leftmost warp thread, and tie it down with a couple of overhand knots. Thread the cord behind all of the warp threads, and thread a needle onto the cording. Pick up the necessary beaad to make up row #1 on the design and press the beads up through each of the warp threads. Take the needle around and back through the beads the were threaded on, the time though, over the top of the warp threads. This is what will hold the beads in place. The cord is now referred to as the "weft" thread.

5) Continue with the pattern until you are done. When you have all of your beads loomed on, secure the weft thread by going back through three to five rows (refer to the video "How to use a Bead Loom" if you need help with this). Don't cut off any of the warp threads just yet, as you need to secure each of these cords in your loomwork before doing so.

6) Starting with the warp cord end of the right (it doesn't matter if it's at the top or bottom of the design), thread on the needle and take this warp cord through the two seed beads directly underneath this, left to right. Then, take the needle through the two seed beads directly under the previous two, and the next two under that. Go back and forth for about six to seven rows, pull the needle off the warp cord and then cut the cording away from the work, no knot necessary.

7) Repeat step #6 for each of the warp threads on both ends, leaving the middle two threads to secure the toggle clasp.

8) Looking at the two unsecured warp cords on one end of the bracelet, take one of the cords and thread on six of the cobalt seed beads. Thread on one half of the Toggle Clasp and make a loop around the connector loop on the Toggle. Pull so that the Toggle Clasp is next to the cobalt seed beads threaded on. Thread on six more of the cobalt seed beads, and then take this cording on the zig-zag pattern as you did with all of the other warp cords, but go as far as you can with this cord. Remove the needle and the excess cord, no knot used here either. With the remaining unsecured warp cord on this end of the bracelet, go through six of the already strung cobalt seed beads leading up to the connector loop on the Toggle Clasp, make another loop around this connector, and then back down through the other six cobalt seed beads. Like before, take this cord on the zig-zag pattern through the bracelet as far as you can go with it. Pull off the needle and remove the excess cord.

9) Repeat step #8 for the other end of the bracelet. When complete, double check your work and make sure that all of the tails in your loomwork are removed so that your work is nice and clean. Nice Job!!

Quantity of Items Needed
1 Fire Line Bead Cord Fine .008" (50-Yd) (BC180)
1 Tube of Miyuki Delica Seed Bead 11/0 Copper Lined Transparent Cobalt (DB0183)
1 Tube of Miyuki Delica Seed Bead 11/0 Silver Lined Opal (DB0221)
1 Tube of Miyuki Delica Seed Bead 11/0 Silver Lined Brick Red (DB0603)
1 Toggle Clasp Star 25x19mm Sterling Silver (TC838)

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I really enjoy this project, it's a great pattern.
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