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To make a bracelet approximately 7 1/2 inches long, you will need the following materials and tools:
- 10 grams Tila beads, matte black or in the color of your choice
- 7 grams Japanese seed beads, size 11 - color in example is Silverlined Maize
- Three strand clasp of your choice - clasp in example is gold-filled three strand slide lock clasp
- Beading thread - nylon beading thread in black or color to match beads, size D OR FireLine 4lb. test
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
- Flat nose pliers (optional, but helpful)
ResourcesContinue to 2 of 14 below.
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Add the First Tila Bead
Push the picot back against the stop bead, leaving about a 7 - 9-inch tail.
Pick up a Tila bead by passing needle and thread through one hole. It should be noted that the Tila beads have one side that is slightly raised - you can either pick up each Tila bead so that the raised side is on the same side, or you can pick them up in a random fashion.
Slide the Tila bead down close to the picot you made in the previous step and pick up 4 seed beads. Pass through the first seed bead of the 4 you just picked up, stitching in the same direction. Pull snugly to form another picot, and slide the picot down close to the Tila bead.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Add Three More Tila Beads
Continue adding Tila beads and picots until you have a total of 4 Tila beads and 5 picots. Push the Tila beads and the picots as close together as possible.
At this point, the work may flop around a bit. Don't worry about that, we'll strengthen and stabilize the beads in the next step.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Add a New Row of Tila Beads
Pass needle through the next two seed beads of the last picot. Pick up a Tila bead. Pass needle through the seed bead on the outside edge of the next picot. There should be 1 seed bead nestled between the Tila bead of the first row and the new Tila bead you just picked up.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Add the Remaining Tila Beads
Continue to add Tila beads by picking up a Tila bead and then passing your needle through the next outside edge bead of the next picot.
Add a total of 4 Tila beads.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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Stabilize the Tila Beads
(Note: the work has been flipped over in this photograph.)
Pick up 2 seed beads and pass through the second hole of the Tila bead that you are currently exiting.
Pass through the second hole of each Tila bead, adding a seed bead in between each Tila bead.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Adding Seed Beads to the Outside Edge of the Tila Bead and Reinforcing the Work
Pick up 2 seed beads and pass through the seed bead on the inside edge of the picot between the two Tila beads. Pass needle through the Tila bead and all the remaining seed beads and Tila beads in that row.
Pass the needle through the next two seed beads on the outer edge of the Tila bead and then through the second hole of the Tila beads and seed beads between Tilas.
Exit through the seed bead at the top of the second hole of the Tila bead.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Add the Next Picot
To add the next picot, make sure you are exiting from the seed bead that sits directly on top of the Tila bead. Pick up three seed beads and pass through the seed bead you were exiting at the beginning of this step. Pull snugly to form a picot.
Pass through the next two seed beads so that your thread is going in the direction parallel to the row of Tila beads.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Add the Next Tila Bead
Pick up a Tila bead and two seed beads. Pass needle down through the next seed bead between Tila beads of the previous row. Pull snugly.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Complete the Picot
To complete the picot, pick up 1 seed bead and pass through the first seed bead picked up in the previous step. Pull snugly. A picot should form between the two Tila beads.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Continue Adding Tila Beads
Continue to add Tila beads until you have added a total of 4 beads, with picots in between each Tila. Remember to add the picot at the outside edge of the last Tila bead.
Pick up two seed beads and pass through the second hole of the Tila bead. Add seed beads between each Tila bead, then pass through the first hole of the Tila beads and all the seed beads in between to reinforce.
Add a picot at the top of the last Tila bead added, pass through the next two seed beads, and continue adding beads in this manner.
At this point, you may want to add seed beads to the beginning edge of the beadwork:
Remove the stop bead, and using the thread tail, pick up three seed beads. Pass through the empty hole of the Tila beads, adding seed beads between each one. At the other end of the Tila beads, pick up two seed beads and pass through the seed bead that lays directly against the other hole of the Tila bead. You can weave the thread in a bit at this point, knot it, and trim it close to the beadwork.
It may be helpful to flip the work over from top to bottom as you stitch.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Bracelet Body and Adding the Clasp
For a 7 1/2" bracelet, you will need to stitch about 25 rows of Tila beads. You can adjust the size of the bracelet by adding or subtracting rows.
After you have reached the size desired, pass the needle through the beads so that you are exiting the first seed bead between Tila beads.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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Add the Clasp With Seed Bead Loops
To add the clasp, pick up 4 seed beads, pass the needle through one hole of the clasp from back to front, pick up 4 seed beads, and pass through the seed bead you exited at the beginning of this step working in the same direction. Pull snugly and repeat the thread path a few times to reinforce.
Pass the needle through the next Tila bead and the next seed bead and repeat until you have secured all three holes of the clasp with seed bead loops.
Weave the thread into the beadwork, knot, add a drop of glue if desired, weave in a bit more, and trim the thread close to the beadwork.
Add a new thread on the other side of the bracelet and repeat to secure the other half of the clasp.