Bright and Muted Tila Bead Necklace

pendant measures 1.25 necklace measures 15" long"

pendant measures 1.25

necklace measures 15" long"

Muted, copper Tila beads and antique copper spacer beads play off the sparkle of the midnight blue faceted, rondelle beads in this unusual necklace.  The contrast between the shiny glass and the metallic beads gives this project an abundance of character.  No fancy stitching here, and no pattern to remember, just pass the beading needle through the beads according to the steps below.  This is an easy project to complete when you have a couple of hours to spare.

 

Directions

step 1 - Cut a piece of 36” beading thread.  Add a stop bead 12” from the end. Work the needle through 9 square copper beads separated by nine 4mm blue beads.

step 1 - Cut a piece of 36” beading thread.  Add a stop bead 12” from the end. Work the needle through 9 square copper beads separated by nine 4mm blue beads.

step 2 - Bring the needle into the second hole of the ninth bead.  Work your way back through the bottom holes in the nine beads placing a blue seed bead between each.

step 2 - Bring the needle into the second hole of the ninth bead.  Work your way back through the bottom holes in the nine beads placing a blue seed bead between each.

step 3 - Pull the tail threads toward each other which will form a circle with the seed beads on the inside.

step 3 - Pull the tail threads toward each other which will form a circle with the seed beads on the inside.

step 4 - Pass the needle straight through the inside holes of the first square bead represented in gray and back through the outside holes.

step 4 - Pass the needle straight through the inside holes of the first square bead represented in gray and back through the outside holes.

step 5 - Go through the inside of the gray bead again and continue passing through the next seed bead, square bead, seed bead. and square bead.  Pass through the outside holes of the third square bead.

step 5 - Go through the inside of the gray bead again and continue passing through the next seed bead, square bead, seed bead. and square bead.  Pass through the outside holes of the third square bead.

step 6 - Remove the stop bead from the other end of thread and add a needle. Pass through the inside holes of the last square bead represented in orange.

step 6 - Remove the stop bead from the other end of thread and add a needle.
Pass through the inside holes of the last square bead represented in orange.

step 7 - Return the thread back through the outside holes of the orange bead.

step 7 - Return the thread back through the outside holes of the orange bead.

step 8 - Complete both strands of the necklace by adding the following beads to each: seed bead 4 mm bead seed bead 4 mm bead 6 mm antique brass spacer 11 - 4mm beads with a seed bead between each 6 mm spacer 11 - 4 mm beads with seed beads between each 6 mm spacer One 4 mm bead 60 seeds

step 8 - Complete both strands of the necklace by adding the following beads to each:
seed bead
4 mm bead
seed bead
4 mm bead
6 mm antique brass spacer
11 - 4mm beads with a seed bead between each
6 mm spacer
11 - 4 mm beads with seed beads between each
6 mm spacer
One 4 mm bead
60 seeds

step 9 - Move the thread through a crimp bead (black), through the lobster clasp loop, and back through the crimp bead.  Slide the crimp bead close to the clasp, pull the thread snugly, and use double crimp pliersto fasten the bead to the thread. Trim the excess thread. Repeat on the opposite strand by attaching a jump ring. 

step 9 - Move the thread through a crimp bead (black), through the lobster clasp loop, and back through the crimp bead.  Slide the crimp bead close to the clasp, pull the thread snugly, and use double crimp pliersto fasten the bead to the thread. Trim the excess thread.

Repeat on the opposite strand by attaching a jump ring. 



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 59 - 4mm blue rondelle beads
  • 11/0 blue seed beads
  • 6 - 6 mm metal spacer bead
  • 9 square tila beads in dark copper (also at FireMountainGems.com)
  • Black beading thread
  • Beading needles
  • Black lobster clasp
  • Crimp tool

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