Loom beadwork is fast way of getting results particularly for bracelets. Like a lot of hand crafts, the repetitive action loom beading is soothing. The looms though are usually tabletop affairs and hardly the kind of tool to pack when on the move.  But a hugely popular and innovative loom changed all that back in 2013. It is so small and portable, you could pop it into your and take it with you on vacation.

I spotted the tool some time ago and bought it because of its great potential for both bead and wire work. The Jewel Loom is incredibly cost effective.  This kit via Amazon includes the loom, needle, threader and pouch costs just $11.50!  The flexible design is ingenious.  The metal bar is slotted into the 2 holes of the loom.  This makes the loom curve more. The warp threads are set up and tied around button like pegs at the back. When the metal bar is removed, the loom straightens and in the process makes the warp threads taut.

The inventor of the Jewel Loom is Julianna Avelar of Casa De Jewels.  I recently received her new book Jewel Loom Inspirations for review. It is published by Fons and Porter/F+W. The 17 projects in the book teaches not just how to use the tool but showcases many ideas to try. They are all indeed quick and fun projects for all levels, aged 12+! 

Some of the projects like the middle picture in the contents use leather cords as the warp “threads”.

Many of the bracelet projects showed how larger beads can be used instead of the typical seed beads. The 2-hole tile beads used for the Checked Cuff below will really speed up the design.  I liked how the designer showed alternative ways to easily finish the ends.  Ribbon clamps (as below) or box clasps are used.  The leather cord designs were finished with button clasps.

Checkered Cuffs
Another great idea in the book is to use the seed bead loom work as the foundation for more elaborate designs like the Ocean‘s Desire bracelet below.
Ocean‘s Desire
There were also excellent ideas for necklaces such as this choker :

Victorian Choker
I would have never considered using the loom for beaded rings until I saw this Loopy Jewel ring! The loom can be used with beads as small as 15/0.

Loopy Jewel ring
Non-beaders will be intrigued to see how the loom can be used to create wire designs.  The warp threads for the Goddess amulet design are actually strands of craft wire.   This makes the design strong so it can serve as a firm foundation for additional embellishments. Clever way of making the warp wire ends look like a fringe!

The Swarovski Crystal brooch project shows how using wire wrap threads can support a number of large beads.

Swarovski Crystal brooch
The Inspiration Gallery section was outstanding.  They show the enormous potential of this simple tool. Some of the designs include a fringed lampshade and a beaded embellishment for a jacket. Shown here are two of my favorites.

The book is an excellent companion to the Jewel loom. It covers all the basic instructions needed to get started. The easy and quick projects definitely sparks creativity.  The potential of the tool is only limited by one‘s imagination!

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