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Popsicle sticks Slot & Eye Reed for weaving (high dpi)

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I see people getting contaminated with "make your own weaving loom" illness.
One important detail of the loom is reed... (two better than one!)
how to make it?
from "craft sticks" !  (also known as Popsicle sticks)
 
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Step 1: Everyone tryed that

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here is the first and ugly idea..
drill holes,
glue
and here it is kind of  "working prototype"

But there is Another Way

Step 2: Create Slot

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there is another way to do it!
cut one stick into pieces to create "uniform spacers"

and glue them together to create slot

Step 3: Create Eye

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use glue gun to create Eye
(need some practice )

Step 4: Stack Eyes together

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stack Eyes together
using the same "Uniform Spacers"

Step 5: Omg look what we have

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We made it!
6 DPI reed!

Step 6: Ways to improve it

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We can use Credit cards to improve it..
Or just cards...
or milk carton..
I see it is possible to get 12 DPI  easy!
aliceaod1 year ago
This is awesome! Thanks for posting!
mrmath2 years ago
What about using more spacers to make the eye? You'd have one on top of the slot, one on bottom of the slot, and then two, fairly close together, in the middle to make the eye.
Alderin mrmath2 years ago
Would work, but the smaller pieces of wood are more likely to have splintery snags, while the gluegun method is automatically smooth. I'd use a small bit of metal like a nail to simplify keeping the hole open, vs the "takes practice" method. :-)
useraaaaa (author)  Alderin2 years ago
http://www.pugpro.com/loom/Loom2.pdf

page 7

grear reed construction
useraaaaa (author)  Alderin2 years ago
also...
it will be huge waste of sticks :-)
raiderdk mrmath2 years ago
I have the same idea,

I'll try using almost entire popsicle in order to make the eye. With two large pieces instead four like you said, joining two at top and two at bottom. One big in top and one big botton.

I'll cut in the middle with a saw, so an amount of popsicle is shreded or "erased", if I align upper and lower part with an entire popsicle, must leave an eye in the middle where I cut (same width of blade), maybe need to be sanded to make a little bigger and soft.

Making slots will work with small parts of popsicle or even washers :).

If I success I'll post it :)
Alderin2 years ago
What an awesome use for credit cards! Now I'm pondering all the possibilities for using flatstock of various materials. Personally, I want at least 2 heddles for more complex and sturdy cloth, but your ideas are inspiring! Thanks!
useraaaaa (author)  Alderin2 years ago
I have an idea...
to steal some prepaid un-activated gift cards..
like this


http://boroblues.com/pics/products/itunes%20gift%20card.jpg

they are long
useraaaaa (author)  useraaaaa2 years ago
since they have zero value until activated it is not shoplifting.. right?
scoochmaroo2 years ago
This looks like fun, but I don't know anything about weaving! What is DPI? Is one way better than another to make this? How do you then go on to use it? It looks great!
DPI in computer terms is "Dots Per Inch", but I think in weaving terms this equates to "Threads Per Inch". In the "First and Ugly Idea" there are about 3 threads per inch. The higher the threads per inch, the smoother the resulting cloth (though you have to use finer thread if you get high enough!).

Once you have the comb threaded with "warp", you pass the "weft" perpendicular to the threads you see here (usually wrapped around a "shuttle"), pull tight against the previous weft pass, then move the comb up or down to trap that weft pass, creating an opening to go the other way with the weft. Repeat = cloth. :-)

The rest of a loom can be simply a frame for holding the warp even. This, the "reed", "comb", or "heddle" is the complicated part.

Hope this helps!
useraaaaa (author)  Alderin2 years ago
I found tiny "Wooden Coffee Stirrers"
i am going to try them.. 10 dpi can be reached