by Julianna Avelar

SilverSilk Cuff With Beading Wire - Jewel Loom School with Joan

Let’s mix things up a bit! Joan is using SilverSilk Capture Chain & beading wire as warps. She weaves some 2 hole & fire polish beads to make this beautiful cuff, besides showing how to use a slide connector. Plus she shows a different way to add more thread when weaving. 

Items Used:

  • Beading Wire 
  • SilverSilk Capture Chain (can use Pearlesque Chain also)
  • Wildfire
  • 6mm Tile Beads
  • 6mm Fire Polish Beads
  • 3mm Fire Polish Beads
  • Slide Connectors
  • 11/0 seed beads
  • SilverSilk Jewel Loom

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    hi i'm jung dice and i'm the jewel loom school concierge besides being um like a
    background assistant social media um um for jules juliana jules avalar and also
    for um the silver silk so um social media ambassador
    so this is so i just found this so cool when um this came out because it's kind
    of like um you know emerge between my two um favorite people
    and um so um julie um jules came out with this um to use silver silk on and
    the grooves in it is bigger to hold the silver silk and then also you can even use thicker
    cords on the back side so i imagine like you can also put in um
    leather into um hollow mesh and also
    you can maybe even fill some beads with holo mesh and put it on the loom here with the thicker side so if you want to
    straight string some more beads between them so it's pretty good and you can even make a longer bracelet
    or even a necklace by wrapping all the way around so i just wanted to show you um
    a necklace that i got inspired by this one it's one we made in
    the jewel loom school monthly workshop
    and i was really inspired by it so i tried it by putting a similar version between
    silver silk so that's what i'm going to show you today now last um
    recently trish did a project with soft flex and i got
    really excited for about it so instead of using s-lon for the warps where i did in this
    one i'm gonna use soft flex and the soft flex i'm using is the
    champagne extreme flex wire i was gonna use um
    some of the blue i got a trio of blues um about a week and a half ago in the mail
    right before i got went on vacation and i misplaced it
    and so i arranged all this and that's when i found found it because i was gonna make it in blues so um i'm hoping
    that this will show up as looking like grout between the tiles
    um you know that's how um the original design for this one jules put
    um used um hemp in between to make it look like grout
    but i changed it to s on something just kept telling me to try that because she teaches us to make it our own she shows
    us the techniques and her designs but then we change it up to make it our own
    and the other thing i'm going to be using is [Music] oh i lost a little bag for it
    it's some capture chain i think i believe it's called is it shimmering copper i had the bag
    right here and um well actually it's a copper that has
    some dark chain in it so since i couldn't find my tan wildfire
    i'm using some black because it'll blend in with the chain and you know the ball chain in the um
    in the capture chain so then i'll show you my design which is
    really similar to um this design you know just different colors
    and so let me go down to my workstation now hold on okay the beads i'm using are laid out
    here i mean it's kind of sloppy because of me moving it around but i'm using
    six millimeter tile beads three millimeter fire polished beads
    and six millimeter fire polished beads i like the fire polished beads because they are usually pretty uniform with the
    tile beads and um i like mixing them up because it gives you a lot of texture
    you can find most of these beads on
    i do have some extras in that was left over from previous workshops so too
    and just some of the there are some three miller meter fire polish i got from my own stash too that's been in
    there forever so and then i did find it it is shimmering
    copper for the um for the silver silk
    i don't know if i can put that under the name but shimmering copper i have all the links in the um
    in the video under description
    and just to let you know i like using
    the big eye needle because when i make mistakes i just find it easier to thread an end thread since
    the you know the needle is still white wider than the project
    okay so there's a couple things i want to do first
    and sorry i forgot that
    um i like using the the um
    bead stopper for the ends of the silver so i mean for the um
    soft flex because when i tied it i couldn't get it tight enough on here only because i was afraid of breaking
    the wood so i found if i use the bead stopper at the end it worked out really well because i'm
    only using two strands of the soft flex
    so this is so to show you how to string it
    i take an end of the silver silk it doesn't matter which groove you put it in we're only going to be using four
    grooves but i place one
    trying to find the video sorry i'm not used to doing this but i place one at one of the end
    grooves and put it in the groove under above it
    and then i go across to that groove that's directly across them and put it in the next one and i
    skip i skip the next two grooves because that's what i'm going to use for the
    soft flex because these grooves are about six millimeters apart too and so that's
    perfect for my beads that i'm using today
    oh i turned off my silver sock i have enough hair left for a bracelet
    or even part of a necklace and now i'm going to use my soft flex
    i hope they still carry this color wire i i found it in my stash
    you know looking at all the um different soft flexes i have in my stash to see what would go good with this
    collar and i really like this so i did the same for the soft flex
    you'll see it'll sit a little bit lower
    let me show you the end what i'm going to do now now for the ends just to make it tight
    i'm just using the bead stopper there and pushing it again up against it
    show you what i did
    okay and so it's it's let me tighten it a little more
    okay now just to let you know that the soft flex does sit a little bit lower than the um
    beading wire but um
    the but you know we'll correct that when we take it off it might be a little bit longer now i have a seven and
    three fourths inch wrist and i measured trying to figure out what i'm gonna use for the ends and things
    and i think i came out to six and a quarter to make the beaded section
    so um this is eight and a half so i'm going to take
    start about one inch from the end for beading
    so just a little bit under oh since i have this backwards let me do
    it this way
    so about a quarter inch under the jewelry name
    oops i forgot to trim my soft flex
    okay now i usually take about two yards of the um
    wildfire or fireline whichever you choose to use
    so that's like stretching my arms way out while pulling that
    just for the front of it
    i got these special scissors at my local bead store that it's great for um
    wildfire or fireline so i use it only for those
    okay now if you're using a jewelry needle
    just um do it as you normally would thread it as
    you normally would
    so i'm gonna string my tie my um thread
    to the sock to the silver silk
    i like leaving some so when i'm done i can kind of thread the ends into the beads too just so you know it just
    protects my knot a little bit more
    sorry about that
    i may have to turn my board around so you can see
    this is our first time i'm doing a beating video on my own so please be patient with me
    and i gotta tangle this
    now if you run you know if you're worried about running out of thread i'm going to teach you a trick
    about adding on thread that i've learned you know when i run out of thread i'll teach it to you
    um then i learned from gail deluca who owns the local bead shop
    white fox beads here and she taught it during bead weaving and i use it in looming also
    because that's what we should do figure out ways we can use some techniques in with
    others it makes our lives a lot easier and you might come up with some interesting
    creations too that way
    okay i got tied
    and i'm gonna push this thread out of the way
    so in this one i i start with three i mean
    six throughout three millimeter fire polish
    so it's really interesting um using different size beads
    when you're using them on the loom you want to make sure that they all equal going between the warps
    in this case we're using the six millimeter fire polish in this um six
    millimeter tiles um do uh work together
    but um i had when i went to the smaller beads i had to use three millimeter tiles um fire polish sorry about that
    so i could so it they would um i could fit two between each warp so it would
    equal you know one of the other beads so when you're mixing beads keep that in mind when you you know you when you're
    putting between warps look at what i did i got one too many
    i'm always told this is a no-no when doing it in bead weaving but
    i don't always follow the rules
    okay and the first row is usually harder and to be honest with you i like locking
    it in place so i go through i go i do the um under and over
    twice so i went under with the beads and fit them in between the warps
    now i'm going over the warps with while going through the beads so my
    needle is going over the warps
    because of the thickness of the wildfire we're going to be playing with this but we'll smooth it out when we take it off the um
    off the um loom too so it might look a little wonky so now i'm going just for the first row
    i'm going back through again but you know but most people don't do that it's just for me it just makes my life easier
    so you go with the techniques that you is easier for you
    yeah so when i'm learning things i usually like watching two or three artists how to do things and then i adjust and take pieces of each one
    and come up with a technique that's best for me
    okay now i'm not gonna make i'm gonna i'm gonna put in on
    three six millimeter fire polish like i said lay out your design and do what you think is best for you this is more about
    technique than anything
    i love this some soft flex because i think it's really going to make the bracelet even stronger
    because i'm not like when i've been bead weaving before
    i've had you know after i've been wearing a bracelet for about a year i've had it break in a certain place
    usually around the clasp i think it was but i'm going uh i don't want to redo all that or try to fix it and this um
    soft flex will give you a lot more strength so you know it shouldn't happen
    then i'm going to put in um six more
    three millimeter
    and if you haven't checked out the um monthly workshop for um jewel loom
    you want to check that out it you know you pay for the workshop and you also get the kit
    and we get a lot of surprises in the kit but jules always gives us
    um extra beads you know especially when they're colorful like this one
    so i should say always almost always and so um
    we could um make it our own and change it up and then also it's usually a lot more to
    make two or three more items like this month we're making two pair of earrings
    or last month we made two pair of earrings this month we actually got another loom
    the um baby i'm calling it the baby wisdom warrior
    so it's about the same size as the um baby jewel loom it has that beautiful
    wisdom warrior on it and so we can make like pendants or earrings on it without um wasting a lot
    of our threads
    and wires now i know jewel says oh
    let me go get back to this part now we're going to go for the two hole beads
    i do have a case where one of them is two-sided it's not the same on both sides so um
    i'll show you that but otherwise just throw it on the um
    beads you know if you do have it works two different size you want to make sure they're facing the same way let's see if
    i can show you this
    okay see i put my needle underneath
    you can thread it
    oh i see some of that you want to make sure that your thread is pulled tight enough but not so
    it warps the everything and i had some extra that i just pulled out there
    so i went back through now i'm going back underneath
    i was thinking of something pretty cool last night too like if you had this and you wanted to edge it say maybe
    um it'd be hard to edge it in um six millimeter you know like if you wanted to put extra rows on the sides it'd be
    hard to do it with six millimeters because the holes wouldn't match up right um so like if you want to edge it three
    millimeters so you can line them up with the holes the two holes so you see what i did there i i just
    went underneath i went through all three holes now i'm going to go back you know on the bottom of those beads
    so yeah you gotta keep up the um keep in mind the alignment of the holes and whether they'll align too if you want to
    mix up beads that way and i love these beads they remind me of
    malachite see the darker green a lighter green i don't know if you could tell that but it's got lighter
    green let me see if you can see it
    i guess my camera is not wanting to focus but it's got lighter green lines in between them and i love finding um
    beads like that that um you know for bead weaving or looming
    that look like um that remind me of gemstones
    because i love gemstones [Laughter]
    okay you see that loop sticking out so i'm gonna pull on my thread to tighten that part
    i have to keep an eye on that because i'm pretty bad about that i think i tighten it up and i didn't now
    see we're going underneath and i find if you just let them swing under like that and go find the bottom hole
    try to line them up so you can just go right through
    so now they're not stringing anymore not to get under my silver silk
    um oh i just want to congratulate um both jules and
    nilay on being chosen like jules was chosen in um
    as one of the top five innovators for um by
    um interweave and uh and jewelry making
    and nelay was chosen as top five trendsetters
    you know both are really big honors um so i want to congratulate them and i'm really proud of both of them
    because they both work so hard
    and they both have wonderful custom companies with great customer service
    and they're both one-man shows
    as far as their business goes locally
    i'm not going to make you sit through all this i just want to show you that two-sided bead
    and then you know i'll come back on when um
    i get to adding the thread and then also come back on when um
    i get done so i can show you how to take it off i have a couple ideas for this i
    want to try
    neely's coming out with a making his silver silk stronger you know coming up with better
    ways and so you know he's been updating his
    um inventory so if you haven't tried silver stuff in a while you really need to try out some
    of the new things i know he updated um the flat mesh
    and he's coming out with new um capture chain well it's probably all of them
    plus i was really want to use the blue on here like i said i misplaced my um
    my soft flex but maybe it would have been too much glue by the time i got done because i am such
    a blue freak lose teals and turquoise
    give me those and i'm in love with the project
    so and i always thought um green and copper look great together so that's why i went ahead and went to this
    i have to get stuck back up on my soft flex it's getting pretty low and the blues i actually bought it to do
    some um braiding and other beautiful bracelets i saw um sarah makin
    a couple weeks ago two or three weeks ago
    that soft flex is so flexible too so i made i knew this that would make this bracelet so yummy using that you know
    just all easy to put on because i did have some of the seven strand and i thought uh
    in green i thought about using it but then i again i thought i don't know because i've made seven strand bracelets
    before and they're harder to put on but i like using them like maybe
    if you're just using like a little center piece in between some wires you know so it gives a little a tiny drape
    that would you know good for that okay now see what i'm saying
    messed up because i one of my ends was um
    i need to strengthen my i move my hands down
    on the um or move my needle down on the wire
    you know one time i tried making it because i i just hate okay i have to figure out this design
    just a minute
    okay i see what i did okay
    no i'm sorry about this this is part of the design got all mixed
    up i think i did it that way okay
    so see that's my double-sided bead so that's why i wanted to make sure i had it fixed that way
    so put my needle back underneath
    sorry i keep going off screen
    okay so i'm going back over the top
    and now i have to go underneath the silver
    silk and underneath the um warps for the bottom
    you know i like this bracelet because it's full of texture with the silver silk and the um
    you know the like the six millimeter raise it raises up higher than the
    others six millimeter fire polish does
    okay let's see what we did here
    okay now to go under
    we're getting close to halfway down with this bracelet
    so you may have been freaking out when i used my scissors to cut the silver silk
    and my orange scissors the silver silk and the um
    the soft flex but the scissors are guaranteed to cut anything so and since i forgot my
    cutters i just went and grabbed those instead of making you wait for me to run into the other room to get my cutters
    okay now this is the one where see that this bead
    is double-sided it's green on one side and that really shiny um
    dark copper coppery color on the other side so i want to make sure that coppery color shows up
    so when i'm laying out the beads let me make the holes
    i want to lay them out in the direction i'm going
    and then you want to make sure you go through the top row once you lay out what how you want it looking on the
    on the
    loom and when you go to put on your class you also want to be mindful of that so your class is facing the right
    way you're not showing the bottom of the of that bead or beads because i did that on another bracelet so luckily
    it's the plain side of the clasp showing up but because i didn't really want to remove it that's what i did on that
    black one i showed you earlier oops i see that little black loop again
    let me tighten it
    and then all you have to do is go um back through the bottom then
    again where they're swinging so they don't have to swing
    okay so i'm going to stop here and get caught up until i'm starting to run out of thread so i could show you
    how to add thread without having to feed through a bunch of beads and tie knots and things
    i'm gonna and the thread burner's gonna help me quite a bit on that so it will return when i get to that point
    okay i'm gonna show you how to add um more thread to your um
    thread on the loom i'm um and let me feed this
    right back through here i like to try to make the thread that's
    already on the limit as short as possible so i don't have to fight with it a little bit later
    okay so what you do first is you get some more thread that you're
    using to weave you know guess about how much you need i'm just going to be on the safe side
    and get about another yard
    then you tie it to the other thread
    i just kind of make a square knot or whatever tie it down
    and then you need your thread burner so
    and my thread burner
    here i'm sorry i forgot to get it okay
    what you want to do is make little balls at the ends of the threads that you tied
    this might be harder to do with size 15 beads but i have done this before getting them through
    you just take some more tugging
    so once you get the balls on the end
    um grab the threads not the ends and just tug and see you got that little
    ball there let me see if i can shave a little ball
    so but you know it's where the threads met there's a little ball
    so then just thread the extra thread now on the needle
    on a bracelet i made yesterday i was able to hide that little ball into the silver silk
    which made it lucky okay and then just go ahead with your stringing
    like normal
    i got like a little sunbeam bead there only had one left so i'd make it at the center piece of
    of the bracelet so now when you get down to that ball
    it's gonna have to tug a little bit that one was easier to go through oh what did i do i forgot to go
    so until you get the ball you know past the ball you're just gonna have to do a little bit more tugging
    but it's not really hard and i've never broken a string yet doing it now i have
    made the strings come apart because i didn't make the balls big enough
    at the ends of the threads
    okay oh i was lucky i got that hidden inside i think that last bead
    and you just go on from there and then i'll come back when i'm done
    with the um weaving okay i'm almost done with the beading
    i forgot that i am planning on using um slide connectors i only have silver
    and gold so i'm going to use the gold um in which case i need seed beads 11
    size 11 or size um eights for these to go over
    and actually i had some it and it doesn't matter what color the those seed beads are because they're going to be
    hidden by the slide connector they're going to be inside it and i had some ugly
    black wonky ones that i bought years ago
    when i was just grabbing things up from my stash so and they're size 12 so just
    slightly smaller which i'm hoping to make some more room for the crimps when i crimp together the um beading wire
    so i'm going to add it down here and as you can see it's kind of because the silver silk is wider and i got too close
    to the end it's got a little wonky here but it'll smooth out when i take it off the loom
    and um you know what they say you know i said i'd start a quarter inch below the
    jewel loom named up here where i'm really bad about estimating sizes i mean somebody could tell me
    four inches is six inches and i probably believe them so okay so let's get started just
    finishing up this last row
    so um at the top you know when it was where it's smoother i added um 12 seed
    beads so even though it's a little tight here once it smooths out i'm um it should be about the same
    amount of room so i'm going to add 12 down to the bottom two 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    8 9 10
    11 12.
    sorry about this it's almost as bad as some doing a the first row
    because it's kind of tight they're all just kind of wanting to go all over the place
    so i'm putting four in between each warp set of warps
    and if you didn't know it the length going down up and down like this are called warps
    and the other ones that go across right now i can't think of it beginning
    to the w-2 so i just call it weaving
    knows that might be the name of it i just don't remember okay
    okay i'm going to do the cheaters way
    get that back here
    okay i'm just pulling all the thread from the other side from when i went underneath
    now i'm trying to hit the very last bead before i go over the silver silk
    now i want to do this actually what i'm going to do now because i want to strengthen it to
    make sure that you know when the um the slider clasp doesn't come out i want
    to make sure that strong in between so i'm going to go through the second
    row again and by the way i did add thread like i
    showed you so i can no i didn't add thread i left enough but you can add thread if you don't have enough thread
    at the beginning to um do this i just want to make sure that
    it's really strong in between the rows that it's still not going to pull out
    i'd rather be safe than sorry after all this work i don't want it falling apart [Music]
    it doesn't help that my needle's slightly bent i should get my um
    um my nylon jaw pliers and smooth them out
    see this could have been done at the beginning sorry about this or no i guess this is my ending row but
    that could have been done as the first row at the other end if i would have thought about it you know like joel says
    always think about how you're going to finish it i sized it for the the um
    um it's like um connector but i didn't think it through for some
    reason i was thinking of um using something else
    i'm just going to slide it through the silver silk i'm going to slide it underneath then and then i can tie it off
    okay now we're going to remove it from the loom and we want to do this carefully it shouldn't be too hard to do
    um i'm removing the one end you know i took took off the bead clip
    and the silver silk and the other end should be able to
    slide off pretty easily then
    now what i want to do is i want to make sure it's spread um
    you know because it was all wonky down here i just want to make sure it's smoothed out
    that um you know it's not gapping or anything we're trying to be on top of each other
    okay now
    i want two clipboard no no one there that one has a wire cutter on it
    okay i'm going to show you how to finish this off with the slide clasp
    just to let you know that i did this once before and i made a big mistake i said to cut
    it too short and so that meant that it wasn't working
    right so i unraveled some of the ends and put on some um
    plain black nicer size 11 so i could um
    work through this and get it through the line and bleed me it's a lot easier to do it on the limb than to do it laying
    out weaving those things so now i found the easiest way
    to um
    and these is i'm going to just put a seed
    bead on each silver silk now i did tie them in the one that i um
    scrapped in that tutorial because um and i glued it the ends and it seemed to be
    really strong you know this is a couple of days later but um
    you know so you could tie them but mine now are cut too short to do that
    so if you tie them i suggest putting glue on the ends because the ties will go through the um you know if you tie
    them enough tight enough to the um seed beads they will go into the clasp
    and this like connector now since i did this too short once we
    we get done with it i'll measure and see what risk risk size is for but you know if you do make yours too
    short you can also have the option of maybe um attaching you know wire wrapping some
    um beads to the end or even attaching some
    you know to these take removing the clasp and um
    wire wrapping some beads or um attaching some chain there
    okay so i'm just gonna let's see i got the black seed bead and there's my crimp it
    doesn't matter what color crimp you use too i'm using a size one just
    i mean if you only have size two just put another strand of um soft flex in it
    i tried that and it just wasn't working so you know i was i mean i was having a hard time and i wanted to get this done
    so i just switched over to these size ones i don't know how neely doesn't
    okay so i'm just putting in the back and making a little noodle out of it and
    putting in the front slot so i'm just using a traditional crimper and i just broke my seed bead underneath but i'm
    not going to worry about that crimson still stay in place
    okay now the part where i i said wrong
    is i had you just cut right above the seed beads before but don't go up to
    they will fit in if you know two above the um your row of seed beads it's going to go
    in the connector that way all your strings won't start
    falling off oops
    sorry one of my connect one of my crimpers has a cutter at the end
    and i should still get another cutter there
    and i'm going to cut these right above the cramps
    so i put that first ball in there i don't want to wrap that make sure the wire the
    silver silk is kind of wrapped around there
    now you want to make sure these this slot is open enough it's not
    i found if i found something flat like i ran these um so there's a third to open it up more
    because you can always kind of crimp it close you know with chain nose pliers or something
    now the size i'm using here are size 25.4
    so that'll give enough room for these you know to move those around
    i'm going to open that up a little bit more in the end my other end went through really
    make sure that wire ends are in there
    let me turn the other and make the other end work better
    there's room in there since i'm using size 11s and these cl these
    slide connectors can use up to size eight so see i'm just sliding it right through
    and i know there's room in this because my first bracelet i used a size um
    18 i mean it was old silver silk you know 18 millimeter slide connector it
    was old silver silk so it wasn't as thick as the really nice quality silver silk i mean by saying old it was pre
    kneeling so i mean i just pushed the last in and now we're going to just close this down
    and then i'll just kind of tighten these ends
    okay so let's see do i have a
    measuring thing
    from connector to connector
    this measures six inches but you know i had taken off one section
    of these fire you know like that on each end of the red ones
    so um and my class is going to add another inch so you know if
    if you have a six inch wrist and then your clasp for six and a half that's going to work beautifully
    but you can also find like um a a bigger clasp put on this
    or a wire wrap like i said before that's it for our tutorial thank you for
    joining me just wanted to show you the bracelet on my wrist um as you could see it was a little too
    short so i um wire wrapped a couple beads the back you know i might have liked to have bigger beads to make a
    little bit wider here or you could even use like links and wire up some um some
    of the fire polished beads and the links and then i just use the magnetic clasp
    you know there's even some clasps like i used one in a project that was like one and a half inches long and that might
    you know as a toggle clasp and that would fit in here and look like the decoration so you know there's a lot of options for
    when you make the um bracelet too short but like i said there's a lot of people that could still
    wear it when it says size i just couldn't um so thanks again and um please read
    the description for any um links or um you know you may want to have and
    i'm in chat posted links too we decided right before i started recording this that
    the links that we would treat this like the jewel school video
    joe loom school video this week since jules and trish are at
    bead fest so um and also remember to check out our blog um which you'll find a lot of um
    the past tutorials besides the current ones in there um and just by looking at the picture
    you'll find quickly what you want to look for so i hope you all have an evening a great evening and thank you for joining
    me take care