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wbmami 05-13-2012 04:31 PM

I'm having trouble with the starter bundle.the loops seem to be too big to wrap around the mandrel neatly and when I start to weave it's all one big mess.I tried several times. does anyone have any tips? Thanks

diamond909 05-14-2012 02:13 PM

lenght of wire to use
 
the directions say to use 4- 50 inch wires for the syle 1,, thats alot of wire. are we allowed to use something smaller ..sure hope so as i worry about kinks in the wire..

mustangsaguaro 05-14-2012 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by wbmami (Post 2961067)
I'm having trouble with the starter bundle.the loops seem to be too big to wrap around the mandrel neatly and when I start to weave it's all one big mess.I tried several times. does anyone have any tips? Thanks

I submitted some pictures of what I was doing for the starter bundle as well as what I was using so as not to have to hold the mandrel in my hand. I don't remember what pages those pics were on. BUt go back in this thread and look at that. It might help.

What I have done is gone to the craft store and have bought some 22gauge wire for the starter bundle as well as about 5-7 rows worth before starting w/ the wire titan gives. It really helps and you have less wastage of titans wire. You maybe only have to cut one maybe two rows of titans wire using this method.

Hope this helps.

Kim

wbmami 05-15-2012 08:01 PM

Thanks Kim I did go back and look at your pictures.it helped a lot.I picked up some 20 gauge wire for the starter bundle and and some 24 gauge to practice with. the store didn't have any 22 but it worked okay.the only problem I had was getting the bundle through the holes on the drawing plate.I could only get it through the first 2.

mustangsaguaro 05-15-2012 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by diamond909 (Post 2961518)
the directions say to use 4- 50 inch wires for the syle 1,, thats alot of wire. are we allowed to use something smaller ..sure hope so as i worry about kinks in the wire..

No, you can't use smaller. You have to us 50". Wait till you get the ok for the new design. You will be using one 70" wire for that. But at least w/ the new design you aren't having to add wire.

adafwife 05-16-2012 05:11 AM

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Originally Posted by wbmami (Post 2962330)
Thanks Kim I did go back and look at your pictures.it helped a lot.I picked up some 20 gauge wire for the starter bundle and and some 24 gauge to practice with. the store didn't have any 22 but it worked okay.the only problem I had was getting the bundle through the holes on the drawing plate.I could only get it through the first 2.

Here is something i do. I cut the chain off the starter bundle before I draw it through the draw plate. Then i take 2 pieces of wire about 6 inches long and thread them through the top loops. Like this

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...1/d1c9458a.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...1/7604ade9.jpg

Then when im done pulling it through the plate i just take my pliers and pull the 2 pieces of wire out. It makes it soooo much eaiser to pull it through the plate, and you can reuse the starter bundle and the 2 pieces of wire over and over again. It works with both the new style and with the old style. Thats the same bundle that i used when i made my 1st lot of the old style 2 bracelets. The 2 pieces of wire you will have to replace every now and then cause they will get to mangled after a while.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...1/138da0a6.jpg

adafwife 05-16-2012 06:27 AM

Sorry to post so soon after my last post but i just want to repeat what others have been saying. Dont give up! LOL Bundles, mandrel, and those first few loops are always a mess! I know my bundle isnt the prettiest and most most perfect one out there, but this is how mine always looks when i start out.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...1/ff2385ff.jpg

Then i add my wire

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...1/85b9aebc.jpg

And then the fun part

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...1/a4ae61c3.jpg

As you can see that first loop is all out of wack. Just keep going and it will straighten its self out. I promise! And yes i do use a band aid to protect my thumb because it does start to hurt if i dont have one on it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...1/aae3c8d3.jpg

Amy6173 05-16-2012 07:34 AM

This is another project me and my daughter are thinking of doing. But we are not going to do these bracelets until we have had some practice making other jewelry. I have watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to do the viking knit, and it doesn't look terribly difficult, but it doesn't look terribly easy either. I have skimmed through most of the posts on this form and I saw someone mention that they don't want you to use the "Lazee Daizee" tool...is that true? Like I said, I am not going to be doing these bracelets really soon, but we are going to try them. The price for "Lazee Daizee" tool is a little expensive, but if this tool allowed me to produce good quality bracelets and faster than I could do them without the tool, I would buy it. Of course, I am not going to buy it if I cannot use it in the future to make these bracelets.

paperprincess70 05-16-2012 08:21 AM

Hi Amy -

You can't use the Lazee Daizee tool because the size is not the same. The mandrel for Titan Chains is much smaller than the tool.

Good luck if you decide to try it! :)

wbmami 05-16-2012 05:53 PM

adafwife

Thanks for posting the pictures.It's very helpful to see what others look like so I know if mine is right.I'm going to try what you said about taking the bundle off before using the drawing plate.sounds like a good idea.Thanks for all your helpful tips:)

Lisa


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