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Beadalon Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool

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My experience with the Beadalon Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool created by Kleshna Handel

Making Jewellery Magazine

So I’m currently subscribed to the Making Jewellery Magazine and was perusing April 2016 one lunchtime earlier in the week. And on page 78 it was like the clouds parted, the sun peeked through and there was angelic singing. A BRAND NEW GADGET.

 The Beadalon Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool created by Kleshna Handel.

Now… I’m going to be honest with you. This is not a review (as I am not a professional), nor it is a “how-to” or a tutorial. It’s more of a “how-not-to”, and a step by step of my own ineptitude and excitement.

Tool Setup

Advice Note 1 > Look at the very easy to follow instructions that came with the tool. 

So – you set it up, putting the little rods into the little holes with little plastic doodads on both sides to keep it all in place. (See – I told you this was not a tutorial). But it is super easy to use and I have a wire jig anyway– so theory was already there. Speaking of the wire jig, that came with little plastic doodads to keep the rods in place as well. And they were absolute buggers to get on and off, so I was worried about this tool. However, they were very easy to add and remove and were a perfect fit, so my worries were allayed.

Now I’m ready to go. And I’d seen the tutorial and they used wire. Most of the pictures on the internet were wire. I didn’t really want to use wire. I wanted FABRIC. Lovely soft, textured fabric.

Start of the weave

Advice Note 2 > I should have used wire for my first time out. You should too.

Anyway, I didn’t realise at the time, so off I went. Weaving with one spool of satin cord in blue, and skein of banana yarn in orange. Weave weave weave. Happy happy happy. La la la….

Oops. My banana yarn is all twisted towards the skein and to untwist it, I need to weigh it down, but then it will unravel itself. Hmmm…

Oh well, too late. I will stick the skein in a bag, hang it down, let it untwist and then take it out of the bag. No problem. Here we go again, weave weave weave. All done. Easy. Pretty. Can’t wait to wear it.

Weave removed from the tool
Now we take the bracelet weave (with the rods) off the base, leaving the little plastic doodads at the bottom of the base to fall off. This required a small amount of jiggling, but it was quite easy and as I mentioned before, the doodads were very well behaved.
 

Next, hmmmm… Something about warps…. What was it? Oh yes, I need to replace the metal rods with something so it all holds together when I removed them.Ok, no problem. Let’s get some more satin cord in a complimentary colour. Here it is! Goldy Yellow. Right. How am I going to get that thread through the weave…. I need a needle!

Advice Note 3 > I should have checked that I had a needle before I set out doing this. I do not have a needle that 1mm satin cord will go through.

Using needle to thread the warps

But that’s ok. I’m a crafter. I shall CRAFT my very own needle with some wire! Easy. Here we are. Feeling smug.

That’s better. Long enough to go through the full width of the weave, and a smaller loop. This should be easy now, right? Wrong.

Let me tell you about recycled banana yarn if you are not familiar with it. Remember earlier I mentioned that I wanted to make something soft and textured?

This banana yarn has texture in spades, all different thicknesses throughout the skein, with the occasional bits of fluff, lumps and bumps. And it is soooo soft. I love the stuff.

First finished weave

However... Trying to thread cord through this to replace the warp rods? Without a real needle? No mean feat. But I got the hang of it after a few minutes. Lots of jiggling the metal rod, then running the make-shift needle alongside it, a little more jiggling, a little pinch of gentle cursing, and hey presto! All done.

The moral of the story? Get yourself a nice long accommodating needle. In fact, because you cross the warp threads, get yourself two.

So here we are, all warped up. I removed the metal rods, smile at how awesome it looks. Then remember that the woman in YouTube tightened all her warp lines up. So off I go, pulling and straightening all the way. Not bad for my first attempt.

Second attempt with faux suede

My second attempt with faux suede and satin cord was a) much easier to use than banana cord b) neater.

And now it looks even awesomer (?). Snip snip, then tuck in the trailing ends (I will sew those in as soon as I find or procure a REAL needle) and hey presto, all done!

 

Weave using chain and jumprings

My third was made in rose gold and silver tone chain. I knew it would be difficult to get onto the wrist as one continuous piece, so I started on a jump ring, wove around to the start, attached another jump ring and then wove back in the direction I had come. Back and forth, each time attaching the chain to the jump ring.

When I'd completed the weave, instead of using a warp cord I used large jump rings in place of each metal rod. Then I attached the toggle clasp. I really like the messy rope look on this.

 

I love it. I love my woven bracelets. I love the tool. I love the fact that despite getting giddy, I managed to make something in less than an hour on my very first attempt, even including some very bad decisions along the way. First and foremost however, I advise you, just as Alexander Graham Bell said…

Final Advice Note > Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

And if not success, then at least a little less jiggling and cursing.