Monday, 2 May 2011
Loom Work Pendant
I learned a technique for doing the warp from the artist mentor who is leading the beading project. She uses one continuous thread rather than tying off individual threads. I have tried to use a no end warp technique as well, but although the concept works, the actual process is so far a lot of trouble, and I am not happy with the tension, so I have done my first 2 projects with the traditional approach (which means a lot of ends to deal with afterwards!)
This pendant is a project by Heidi Kummli from Bead and Button October 2005, p. 116. The patterns has two variations, both of them lovely. I beaded the piece with no problem. The backing technique used masking tape, and I was not hapopy with result, so I took that off and developed my own way of gluing the ends onto lightweight interfacing, then backing the whole piece with ultrasuede. That worked well. I used more info from Heidi's book to help with the finishing, and overall it is a very attractive pendant.
I really enjoyed the loomwork, and have another project to post soon. Because I had lots of warp thread, I was able to do a little pair of matching earrings on the same warp.
Another helpful book in terms of the actual loom technioque was the one by Margie Deeb entitled Out on a Loom, ( which is not readily available but I found one in a remainder sale.) It has good info on necklaces and how to deal with increases and decreases.
That's all for now folks, I have one more loom piece coming soon.