How to Make a Wrapit Loom Bracelet with SilverSilk Wire Mesh Chain

SKU VID-1402
Designer: Rachel Zaimont
Skill Level: Intermediate
In this video you'll see how to incorporate SilverSilk wire mesh chain into a bracelet design on the Wrapit Loom. You'll learn how to start the bracelet with seed beads, how to begin attaching the wire mesh, and an altered wrapping technique to affix the mesh chain throughout the whole length of the bracelet. This technique offers a sleek and pretty alternative to the traditional beaded wrap bracelet look.
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hi this is rachel with beadaholique or a pit loom bracelet with silver silk wire mesh I love the rapid loom for making wrapped beaded bracelets but you can also incorporate chain into your bracelet designs using this loom so today I'm using a special kind of chain this is called silver silk wire mesh chain and it's a durable flexible knitted wire mesh and it's made of gold-plated copper and I'm going to show you how you can incorporate it into your rapid loom bracelet designs so I have my rapid loom professional series duo all set up and ready to go and we have another video showing you exactly how to set up your loom attaching your two tracks and sizing your leather cord to your wrist and fastening a button on one end and how to knot your two Griffin silk threads to the top of the leather and I am actually using Griffin silk size 2 in a garnet red color and one little tip is I like to take a little piece of scotch tape and tape my Griffin silk thread tail to the top of the loom over here just to get them out of the way especially in the beginning when you're working really close to this end and you just don't want those tails getting in the way so I'm about ready to begin and I just want to show you when you receive your piece of silver silk wire mesh the ends are cut and what you want to do is make sure you have a really nice flush cut on the end of your wire mesh piece so one thing I would recommend is having a pair of flush cutters handy and basically you would just line up your piece in the jaws of the flush cutters and make a really straight clean cut and just cut off all those little pieces and since this is a knitted wire mesh you're gonna have some extra little pieces coming off so just take your flush cutters and just clip them away and you should get a nice clean straight edge to begin doing your rapid loom weaving so let's begin so just like most beaded pieces on the rapid loom I want to start with one bead in my first row and then gradually widen the leather cords apart by adding more beads per row so I'm going to pick up one seed bead to start and I'm using Toho 11o seed beads in this galvanized star light gold color and I'm going to take my second Griffin silk thread and cross the needle through the bead and now when I pull this bead is just going to sit between the leather cords starting off the beaded section of the piece and now I'm going to wrap my threads so under the right side and out the top with one thread and then under the left side and out the top with my second thread alright now ready for Row two so now I'm going to pick up two seed beads slide them down and cross the needle of my second thread through these two seed beads and though these beads are just going to widen that piece a little bit more all right now I'm gonna do my wraps under the bottom out the top on one side and under the bottom at the top on the other side all right and at this point I'm going to incorporate my silver silk wire mesh chain because now the piece is just wide enough for it to sit in there nicely so here's what you're gonna do basically this wire mesh chain has little holes going down both sides where the knit is a little bit open so what you want to do is find the first hole on one side and just slide the attached needle from your Griffin silk up through that hole and the silk in this size too should fit really easily through the weave of the silver silk mesh all right so that's one side now on the other side I'm gonna do the same thing gonna take the needle of my Griffin silk and feed it up through that first opening in the knit of the silver silk and pull that out and now that is the beginning of the chain portion of your bracelet so to continue attaching your wire mesh chain we're gonna do something a little bit differently than with most rapid loom pieces instead of wrapping my threads around the leather cord between each stitch I'm actually going to incorporate the wrapping into the stitching so we're basically going to be using a version of whip stitch to keep attaching the wire mesh chain to the piece so for the second wrap I'm going to feed my needle up through the second little hole on one side of the wire mesh it is quite tiny but get your needle up through there and just pull your cord through it's such a fine dainty wire mesh chain very delicate look alright and now I'm gonna do the same thing on the other side I take my needle wrap around and under the leather cord and out through the next hole of the wire mesh chain I'm being as careful as I can be to avoid harming the chain so you're just gonna keep doing that just take your needles and go down and around the bottom of the cord the leather cord and then up through the wire mesh and keep whip stitching your wire mesh chain to the wound piece and I will see you back here to show you how to finish off the piece all right so now I've got my piece mostly finished as you can see I just did whip stitching along both sides of the silver silk wire mesh chain and before I go on I just want to show you a quick tip because as you're working it's hard to keep the tension of the Griffin silk so as I work I kind of just take my fingers and roll them along the outside of the leather cord and this will have the effect of just tightening your Griffin silk thread and then you can pull it and it'll be nice and tight so I'm gonna go ahead and do one more stitch on either side here same thing I've been doing just getting my needle up through the adjacent hole and it is very tiny I definitely recommend if you have any issues with working very close that you use a magnifying glass or magnifying glasses but the end result is just very delicate now one more on the other side and about now let's see I have about half an inch left before I get to my knot and I think now is when I'm gonna want to cut the rest of my wire mesh chain off so I'm going to take my flush cutters and just sort of hold the tail and let's see I think I'm gonna want to cut it about here so I'm just going to clip off the rest of that chain and there are some little extra wire bits on the end so I'm just going to carefully clip them with the flush cutters and you can just run your fingers along the end and the extra little wire pieces will come out of there okay so I have about enough room to do one more quick stitch here so again I'll get my needle up through the next hole and this will be the last stitch so this will be kind of nice and secure a good way to tie off the rest of that silver silk and the last one on this side all right and now I'm just going to reorient my loom to do the last couple of seed beads here so at this point we're switching from the whip stitch that I used to attach the wire mesh chain back to the regular wrapping technique that we do with the rapid loom so I'm going to start by wrapping my threads around the leather and I'm going to do that on both sides of the Loom so go under the leather up through the center and out the side and now I'm going to do the opposite of what I did in the beginning and I'm gonna add two seed beads so string them on one length of Griffin silk cross your needle through the beads and those beats are just gonna sit nice and tight between the leather cords and just kind of have a nice polished way to cap off that wire mesh chain so now again I'm going to wrap my threads up and out and I'm going to add one seed bead cross my needle and there you go that is the end of the beaded section of this rapid loom bracelet you can go ahead and watch our other video on using the rapid loom Pro for instructions on how to tie off your Griffin silk thread and finish your bracelet but in this video I just wanted to show you how to incorporate the silver silk wire mesh chain to switch it up from the beaded look of other rapid loom bracelets you can find all of these supplies at beadaholique.com thanks so much for watching you

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