Ask Elena: How do you use different sized beads in the same piece?
I’m been reading and studying and am getting ready to order my first Mirrix Loom.
I’ve been using a simple bead loom (that I made) years ago – and I want to advance to something more functional.
I have been using mostly seed beads and want to start incorporating Tila/different sized beads and I am a little confused over
how the warp is set up for this. I read on the Mirrix website
“One of our Affinity bracelets uses Tila beads and size 8/0 seed beads. The Tila beads take up twice the width of the seed beads, so we set the warp twice as far apart where the Tilas will be placed…”
I just don’t understand what that means….and I apologize if I am being dense, but I would like to be able to use different sized beads….
Right now I am deciding on which loom to purchase – but this questions has been bugging me….lol. I hope to hear back from you..
The Mirrix Loom normally has a spring at the top, chosen depending on the size of beads you are using. When we use several different sized beads, we either do not use a warp coil (spring) (so the beads space themselves), or make sure to space the warp threads in the spring to accommodate the largest size bead/stone/crystal we’ll be using.
It’s mostly a game of math. You have to calculate how many smaller beads equal a larger bead while designing your piece. For example, three 8/0 beads might be the same width as a crystal. Once you figure this out, you can build your piece based on this. For example, in this piece (below) the warp is set far enough apart to accommodate the larger crystals and three of the smaller beads fit in that same space. When you are weaving the beads you simply put three of the beads between the warp threads and sew through normally. This is possible on a Mirrix because the tension is so good.