African DIY Bead Loom Bracelet

Not many of you may know this, but I was actually born in South Africa! I grew up in Pretoria the capital. One of the things I remember the most about South Africa was the beautiful Jacaranda trees! There were rows and rows of them in Pretoria, so it's no surprise that it's known as the "The Jacaranda City" . .  Even though South Africa was such an amazingly beautiful country, my parents worked very hard on immigrating to Australia due to the high violence and crime rates since I was young.
Just a couple of months after I turned six, we finally crossed the Indian Ocean and landed in Australia.
I have loved living in Australia SO much! It is such an incredible country and I feel so blessed and proud to be a citizen :)
Even though I've lived a majority of my life in Australia, I still love South Africa, and this tutorial was inspired by that love!


What You'll Need:
Bead Loom (My beading loom came from a Klutz Bead Loom Set)
220 Inches or 560cm Thread/Strand of Floss
Variety of Size 10 Seed Beads
Beading Needles
Ruler/Tape Measure
Scissors

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Setting Up The Loom:
Step 1~ Firstly, before you set up your loom with thread, decide how wide you want your bracelet to be. I decided mine would be nine beads wide. Once you've decided you'll need one strand of thread for every bead plus one.
Measure your strands of yarn that they are all 22 inches (56cm) long. Then you'll want to gather one end of the threads together and tie them in a basic knot about one inch (2.5cm) from the end. Trim the ends if necessary to make them neat.
Step 2~ If your loom has a tall end start by wrapping the threads around the stem of the lock several times.Then taking your threads pull them up and over the top bar of your loom. Then turn your loom around so that you can pull the threads towards you while arranging them evenly on the groves.
{Note: Do not worry if the threads aren't perfectly placed in the middle. This won't affect the outcome.} 
Step 3~ Pull the threads down and over the bottom end, making sure to space your threads out evenly once again. NONE of the threads should cross over each other. Then wrap the remaining thread around the stems lock.


Starting Off The Bracelet:
Step 1~ Start of by threading your needle with about 80 inches (204cm). Taking the end f your thread, tie it onto the top left-most warped thread leaving about a 2 inch (6cm) tail.
Step 2 ~ Thread 9 beads onto your needle and beading thread, then pull the beads under the warped threads, push them up between the warped threads and weave your needle back through them making sure to guide the needle OVER the warped threads.

This video below should help explain what I mean,


These are the patterns I designed and used to create my bracelets.


Finishing Off The Bracelet:

Side One:
Step 1~ When your bracelet is long enough, unwind it at the bottom of the loom and take it off of the loom.
Step 2~ Start with one end of your bracelet, then thread an outside warp/thread onto your needle and weave it into your bracelet. Weave all but the 2 center warp threads into your bracelet. You'll be usng these to create fasteners.
Step 3~ Thread both center threads onto your needle. Then thread 2-3 seed beads onto your needle, followed by a large round bead, and then 1 more seed bead. Push your needle back through ONLY the round bead and 2-3 seed beads. Then weave remaining thread in 2 inches (5cm). Cut of any excess thread.

Side Two:
Step 1~ Now go to the other end, and repeat Step 1 and Step 2 of Side One.
Step 2~ Thread both your center threads onto your needle. Thread between 15-20 seed beads onto your thread. Push your needle through the first bead, and pull tight. Before weaving in the threads into your bracelet, check if the seed bead loop isn't to big or to small for your bead on Side One. It should be just big enough to slip over the bead easily. Add or remove beads until you get the right size.
Step 3~ Weave  the remaining thread in 2 inches (5cm). Cut of any excess thread.

And you're done! I hope you all enjoy that tutorial on how to use a loom and make a beautiful bracelet!
If you did create this bracelet, please post a photo of your creation onto my Facebook Page, I'd love to see it! It always brightens my day when someone posts something they made from my blog!
Have a great day crafting everyone!


19 comments:

  1. I have some lovely hand-made bead-work like this from Kenya, and some more from Thailand! It's beautifully made, just like yours! Thanks for sharing!
    Angie x

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  2. Wow, this is gorgeous. I thought about buying a bead loom once before so i could try making these, now i want to again! :)

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  3. Hola , por fin veo un video donde se explica muy bien como se terminan las pulsera de abalorios, muchas gracías que Dios la Bendiga

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  4. What size is 10? They look to be about a 6/0 but I've never heard them called a size10 before.

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    1. Seed Beads are numbered with a size system unique to seed beads. The number ( /0) refers to the number of beads per inch when the beads are laid flat (not strung). Therefore, an 10/0 bead would measure 10 beads to the inch. The higher the number, the smaller the bead.

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  5. Wow, this is a really great bracelet! I've just bought a bead loom and am so looking forward to trying out patterns - your African pattern is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it, Best Wishes, Lorraine in Scotland. :)

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  6. Thanks - what clear explanations & beautiful bracelets. I can now understand how to finish off a beaded bracelet and create fasteners!

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  7. Do you know what the large bead is called, the size, or where you could find them?

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  8. So beautiful! I've never worked with beads, Think this will be my first project: it's so well and clearly explained that it seems 'easy'. When I finish it, I'll tell you if it was ;)

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  9. Could you use a different bead size?

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    1. Yes, you'd just have to adjust your warped threads if they were a lot bigger/smaller :)

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  10. I used to make these bracelets when I was 12 years old. I just got back into it. I also make friendship bracelets, rubber band bracelets. I love doing different craft work.

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    1. I've just purchased a Mirrix loom and have been looking for the perfect pattern for my first project. Something easy but also beautiful so not a waste of my time. I know it's going to take awhile to learn how to use it efficiently, it's so different from a regular loom but once I learn I know I will love it. Your pattern just jumped out and told me my search was over! I'm so excited, we're snowed in for a couple of days so I'm going to be able to sit in front of the fire and learn how to use my new loom and make 2 beautiful pieces.
      Thank you for being so generous and sharing these patterns.
      Tammy

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  11. Thank you for this tutorial. I just bought a bead loom yesterday and I am looking forward to creating some new pieces. Your designs have truly inspired me. Thank you so much.

    Cynthia Owens Richardson
    Petersburg, VA

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  12. I made a loomed bracelet similar to this one. I also used a round bead for the closure like this one. But the round bead is able to slip thru the loop and the bracelet falls off. Use a flat bead for the closure.

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  13. Beautiful Bakelite.I like it. ....Find and save recipes, parenting hacks, style inspiration and other ideas to try.
    Africa earrings

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  14. Hi Olivia!! It is so beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. I loved it and will try to make it. Take a look here for more information about beaded jewelry, beaded handicrafts, beaded ware and many more - https://gosouvenirsafrica.com/

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  15. Hi I was wondering if you had a link for these bracelets but they have 'holes' inbetween the beads. I don't have a clue how they would do it like that.

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  16. Nice good looking beads here. I personally love the process but cannot make it myself LOL) I saw one bead bangle bracelet from Luca + Danni website. they're selling some super nice hand made jewelry and their quality is amazing!

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