Note: Yesterday’s deal (found here) will also be valid through today (12/12) because our site was having some technical issues on 12/11. Our security certificate expired and may have given you a message saying the site was not secure.
Today (December 12th) we are giving 15% off both the Loom & Bottom Spring Kit Starter Package with the 22″ Loom and the Bottom Spring Kit with 8, 12, 14 and 18 dent warp coils. Use code mirrixday5 at checkout. (See below for the fine print.)
The Loom & Bottom Spring Kit Starter Package is one of our most popular packages. Today’s discount is on top of the starter package discount already in place, giving you a total discount of over $70 on this package.
The Bottom Spring Kit with 8, 12, 14 and 18 dent warp coils is our most popular accessory for bead weaving. It is perfect for wide bead pieces, especially if you’re using the shedding device. Take advantage of 15% off!
*The Fine Print*
Only valid on December 12th, 2014. Mirrix Looms reserves the right to deny any coupon or end a deal early. Can only be used at mirrixooms.com. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can only be used once.
Suddenly, it feels like the holidays. Snow is falling in parts of the country and Christmas tree lots are popping up everywhere. Regardless of what holiday/s you celebrate, it’s hard to deny that magical feeling in the air.
All this holiday cheer got me thinking about putting up a tree, and I remembered this adorable ornament that Claudia (Mirrix’s lovely President, I call her mom) wove last year.
It’s made of hand-painted silk and embellished with beads.
It’s a fun, simple project and would make a great gift.
Have any of you woven ornaments on your Mirrix Looms? We would love to see pictures!
Pick up some of the beautiful hand-painted silk used to make this ornament here.
Thinking about what you can make for gifts this year? How about our beautiful (and easy) Jewel Cuff Bracelet?
The instructional ebook for this project is now available for free here!
Want the kit to go along with this project?
Quick, easy, fun to weave you will want to make more than one so our kit includes all the materials you need to weave two of these inspired cuffs. So set aside a couple of hours to weave and finish each cuff and then pick that perfect person (you?) to gift it to.
Need a loom, too? Get our Jewel Cuff Loom Starter Package!
When anyone with artsy inclinations walks into Mirrix President Claudia Chase’s studio, they get lost in a world of fiber and beady inspiration. From looms (most with half-made pieces) to finished pieces and curious equipment like electric skein winders, it’s a fun little sanctuary to explore.
I, on the other hand, live in a one-bedroom apartment without much space for a “studio”. My office is a desk in the window-corner of our living room flanked by dog and cat beds and one shelf that holds my looms and everything else weaving-related (the rest is in a closet; we were blessed with some decent closet space). It isn’t a swoon-worthy studio/office by any means, but it works.
We know your phone and camera are full of amazing pictures.
You have pictures of your latest vacation, your doga or cat, your kids and grandkids and even some great artsy shots of flowers.
Wouldn’t some of these photos look great as bead weavings?
BeadCreator software can help you do just that!
This powerful software is the best available for creating bead patterns from photographs. You can also do much more with it, including designing patterns from scratch as well as from BeadCreator’s extensive image library. With this great software, you’ll never have to buy another bead pattern!
This beautiful (and free!) wrap leather and bead bracelet tutorial is by Kim Holowatiuk
Sleepy Holow Leather & Custom Beading
Kim Holowatiuk is owner of Sleepy Holow Leather & Custom Beading in Alberta Canada. She has been making custom hand carved and stamped leather work since 2009 and has enjoyed beading for about 30 years.
Mirrix Loom (I used my Lani)
Round leather cord 1.5-2 mm
Variety of beads – I used 8/0, 11/0 and 4 mm rounds
#12 Beading needle
C-Lon Thread in color of your choice
Two fishing weights 1 ounce
Depending if you would like a single, double, triple (etc.) wrap, measure the leather cord around your wrist for an approximate length measurement. Add on some extra length for both the double loop closure and the addition of the button. For a double wrap, I start by cutting a strand of the round leather to about 30”.
With your leather cord folded in half, create a knot closure at that end (Pic 2). Make sure that you make it large enough for the button closure to slip through but not too big that it falls out. I make a second knot/loop (Pic 2a) so there are two sizes to close the bracelet. This step is optional.
Next, slide the top loop through your warping bar (Pic 2b)
Attach each fishing weight to the ends of each strand with a single knot. (Pic 3)
Attach your warping bar and move your side bars up until the weights are just below your bottom bar (Pic 3a). If you have a bottom spring kit, you can slide the leather cord into a dent (Pic 3b)
Doubling your thread, bring it around one leather strand (Pic 4). Bring your needle back through the thread so you have a starting “knot” on the first cord (Pic 4a) and then weave back and forth through the leather strands to create a solid piece of woven thread for extra strength (Pic 4b).
Now you are ready to weave your beads on. Depending on how wide you want to make it, always start narrow and work you way to the desired width, adding one extra bead each row. Here I started with one 11/0 bead (Pic 5), then two (Pic 5a) worked my way up to three beads, the width I want. (Pic 5b).
Continue on bead weaving with your beads until you come down to the end of the piece. Finish with the same thread weaving as you started and weave back through the beads to finish and hide your ends (Pic 6).
Remove the weights from the bottom and attach your button (Pic 7 and 7a) to one or both of the leather cords (depending on how large of a button hole you have). Make a knot and glue ends. Ta Da! Your very own leather wrapped bracelet! (Pic 7b). Try it with suede (Pic 7c)or a single wrap (Pic 7d)!