I wanted some bangles. You know, like this but not $1,095.00. I decided to take out my Mini Mirrix and attempt to make my own. The problem with making a woven bangle is that it needs to be fairly rigid and generally beaded bracelets are not. Claudia suggested I weave something wide and then roll it into a tube to add strength, which I think would work and I intend to try. I decided to first use a combination of SoftFlex wire and silk as my warp and weave a piece using only 8/0 beads.
I warped the loom four dents across with one strand of SoftFlex and one strand of silk, both in a single dent. The weaving was very fast.
I’d say for a normal wrist, you should make your weaving about 8″, but measure first.
After cutting the piece off the loom I connected the two ends. Ideally, I’d like a little bow or pretty bead or something where the ends meet to cover up any messy finishing.
Generally, I’m happy how this turned out. The SoftFlex gave the bracelet and nice weight and made it less flimsy. Once it’s on a wrist it hangs very nicely. That said, to be a true bangle, it should probably be a little stiffer. I will keep experimenting and let you know how it goes!