About four years ago, I learned at our local library for $5 how to bead loom with a shoe box, duct tape, two combs, and three brass brads. Fortunately, I did not have to put this Frankenstein creation together, but I'm not going to lie it's probably the most thrifty thing I own that actually works. The owner of our local bead store even wants to see it she's so amazed it works haha.
If you're interested in learning to bead loom, it is super easy to do! You can even pick up a bead loom at Meijer or Walmart for around $8 - $15. You can purchase seed beads from the store and pick up FireLine 6lb Type D fishing line as well. The fishing line will last for awhile if you don't plan to use 64 strands of it in one necklace.
You can learn to bead loom here:
I have weaved the bracelet, but have yet to take it off the loom since I am lacking the appropriate clasp that I would prefer to use over the beads and string in the video above.
Enough of my yammering, here it is:
This is the beading needle I purchased for $0.75. I would also suggest locating a lid that you can put your beads into so they don't run off.
Here is my janky bead loom box. The brads are used as an anchor for your threads.
Here it is on the loom. The beads that I used for the white are not of great quality so they are not the same size like the teal beads. I'm ok with the bracelet being a bit chunky and organic.
Ah, love that teal!
What I learned during this project:
- Definitely did not take me more than two minutes to remember how to do this project.
- I would like to invest in a better loom to make some much nicer bracelets.
- I certainly did not poke myself in the finger as much as I thought I would. In fact, I only did once.
- I spent more time choosing a pattern and figuring out how many lines of beads I needed, than actually doing it.
- I have to find something to wear this with.