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Loomed Barrette

Hi everyone! I finished the barrette I had started last week and I have images for you on how I finished the piece. I was going to do fringe, but decided I shouldn’t because the barrette is wide as it is. If I had been thinking more clearly when I designed it, I would have shortened the actual barrette in width and widened the image to make the image as part of the fringe. Hind sight = 20/20 LOL Something for you all to think about in the event you want to make a barrette.

So this next image is the finished work still on the loom. I decided to try the tape technique and taped the ends together, bringing each side in just a little bit. I really liked this method and will definitely use it again. Sorry you can’t see the tape, I brought it from behind to the front and wrapped it to stick together. Worked like a charm. :D

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Next up, I cut the work off the loom and glued it down with E6000 around the edges and on both sides of the taped ends and adhered it to black leather. Don’t use lots of glue, just use enough. Then trim edges close being careful of the threads.

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Then I put a small amount of E6000 to the back of a barrette blank. (if you are new to making barrettes, always make sure to purchase the ‘Made in France’ kind. Top quality and they are stamped on the back!!) After the glue set up for a few minutes, I then stitched the clip down on each end through the holes, knot from behind.

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Then I glued the front and the back together, again with E6000 and mini clothes-pinned them together.

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After the glue has set up, thread and needle with Fireline, or thread and work your sides however you like to.

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So that’s it. It’s very easy to make a barrette and they can sure get fancy! This was a simple one.

My next project is going to be way way more exciting!! The ‘secret project’ and I am so darn excited to get started! The beads should be here in just a few days, then I have everything I need to work this up. I may even have to set up the Big Sister with the Little Guy to do this one. I have several pieces of the same design to do up and once I start, I am going to want to fly through the loomwork. This next project will also have video, although that may be the week following for the finished project, we’ll see. When it comes to beading a project I am excited about, I tend to forget about the sleeping part of my day ;)

It’s a good size project! Cannot even wait to share this with you all!

One Response to Loomed Barrette

  1. joan painter - Reply

    June 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    well, LOLOL. learn something new everyday.i hated this method BECAUSE dumb me was cutting the work off the loom and then trying to tape the loose strings (and trust me it was miserable) beads would get loose and flop all over, etc. so the correct way is to tape the strings BEFORE you cut off the loom. DUH, LOLOL

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