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RE: Jewelry-making books


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 06:00:11 PDT

Wow - Thanks for sharing this. It's a perfect solution to beginning loomwork!

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        From: Jean Womack []
        Sent: Tue 6/29/2004 2:17 PM
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        Subject: Jewelry-making books

        Dear friends,
        I have been making Indian looms this week as part of a lesson plan for a
        Special Education class. It is very easy to make an Indian bead loom. I
        used 3 1/2 inch pine planks, cut to 15 inch lengths. Plus 1 1/2 inch by 1
        1/2 inch poles cut to 3 1/2 inch lengths. That's so there are two blocks on
        either end of the plank. This raises the work so you can put your hand
        under it. Then staple-gun a spring on each block. You can get these in the
        hardware store (I got mine in Home Depot) This is so you can keep the
        beading strings separated. Then put a thumbtack at either end, to attach
        the warp threads to. So you see, it's really low cost, unless you count the
        cost of the electric table saw.
        This is a very primitive bead loom. It does not even have the dowel stick
        that enables you to roll the work up as you go along. But you can also
        attach two of those on each loom, if you want! Just look at one of the
        commercially available looms and you will see how to do it.
        I made myself a bracelet with some nice large glass beads from Dick Blick. I
        also have a large bottle of plastic beads from Ikea and some nylon fishing
        thread, so I don't even need a needle. Now I am considering whether to make
        12 looms for the people in my class, even thouigh we don't really have time
        to make a whole bracelet. But they could have a souvenir to take home with
        them, in case they needed something to do when they were sick in bed, like
        you, Anne! I hope you are feeling better now.
        Thanks to Jan and Gelato for the book recommendations. I have ordered the
        one you recommended and I'm looking forward to working on the projects you
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