I think it was three years ago that I purchased a loom. Not just a simple wooden loom, no, not me! For my first loom, I bought a Mirrix.
Now to be fair, I did purchase it because I was taking a class at BeadFest using one. I had really wanted to learn how to loom, and thought it would be a quick way to make bracelets. The bracelet we made in class was not very attractive, though. Undaunted, I did make another upon my return home. It is very nice, and I get lots of compliments each time I wear it. I then put the loom away and never used it again. Until today.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Mirrix loom, it is a no warp ends loom. Instead of all those pesky warp threads left at the ends to deal with, there are only two which are easily woven into the beadwork.
I warped the loom with C-Lon and made a bracelet like the one which Olga Mihaylova teaches here at Crystal Bead Bazaar. Instead of crimping the clasp onto the warp threads, I wove them in, then attached my clasp with loops of 11/0 seed beads as one would using off loom techniques.
I just have one question. How many bracelets does one have to make to justify spending $160 on a loom?