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Old 09-09-2003, 10:46 PM   #1
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Talking Finishing Loom Work - Suggestions?

Hey Everyone!
My name is Signe (pr. kind of like "seena") and this is my very 1st post here. This is an awesome message board! I don't know why my google searches didn't come up with this site earlier, especially since I've checked out so many times before...But, anyway, I'm hoping some of you can help me....
I've been looming for about a year & a half. Some of my work has been native/tribal, but a lot of my work has been original designs (mostly bracelets). Being that I was already in the art community, lots of people have seen my work; and now I have a bit of a waiting list of people who want me to make them a bracelet. Everyone is telling me I should make this into a business, but I'm a little reluctant for one main reason - I want my work to be as professional-looking as possible. Finishing what I've loomed has been a bit of a dilemma for me. I know I have several choices, but which one is best? :Help
With most of my bracelets, I've weaved most of the warp threads back in the work, tied double knots, applied glue, then made a loop and clasp (using a large wood bead) using the left over warp threads. This would be fine, except that the size is limited, and I don't like the way the glue looks or feels. I'm also concerned the clasps/knots might eventually wear out.
I've also used the Sharondipity loom, with success, but it's longer work and a few people don't like the end result (one continuing loop that's folded over and clasped (again w/loop & wood bead).
I could sew it to leather/fabric, but my sewing skills are subpar; and, frankly, I'm stinking lazy. But if you think this is the best way, any advice on how I can do this in such a way that it could be store-quality would be so appreciated.
Now what I really want to do is braid the warp threads. I came up with an idea to weave the outer warp threads into the center warp threads (to make it look better), then braiding. I saw a girl's bracelet, where she used old indian buttons as a sort of clasp & I thought it was so cute and easy to wear! However, another beader online told me that braiding warp threads is a no-no, because it will pull the design out of whack. Has anyone done this method?
Sorry for the outrageously-long post. For anyone who can help me out, thanks in advance!
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