Metallic Tone Woven Tila Bracelet
I really wanted to use gold thread for this project but couldn’t find any so I created it with what I had on hand - black. I guess I didn’t look hard enough because as soon as the bracelet was finished I found the gold beading thread. The perfectionist in me demanded that I take the bracelet apart and restring it with the gold. Except for the time involved, it actually wasn’t a terrible thing because it gave me a chance to fix a couple of mistakes I saw in my original work that I had missed. The gold thread definitely made a difference which you may be able to spot comparing the photo of the complete bracelet with the photos on the right. The gold thread blends more seamlessly with the tiny gold beads, the clasp and the look of the outside edges. If you have a choice, I recommend using the gold beading thread.
I’ve read that Tila beads get their name because when strung together they resemble Japanese tile work. I seem to have hit the jackpot on finding double hole beads which made this luscious satiny bracelet design possible. Tila beads are easy to work with because of their flat shape, unlike other seed beads. I mixed sets of matte metallic dark copper with Iris green beads and flanked them with round gold seed beads. I feel the golden accents and clasp really make the colors pop! Like a lot of woven jewelry, this looks impossibly difficult to make but the bracelet simply repeats the same steps over and over. Relatively lightweight, the flat dimension of the beads allows them to sit close to the skin and create a cuff-like look.
Three 2 yard thread lengths were used for my bracelet. See Beadology for Half Hitch Knot instructions and for ending one length of thread and beginning another. Also read how to end a woven bracelet.
Clasp Note: Readers have asked where I bought my clasp. I’m sorry I can’t steer you to a place to buy it. I sometimes buy components without a project in mind thinking I will use them someday. That was the case with this particular clasp. I've had it for a couple of years and found it at either Michaels or JoAnn’s.
- big eye beading needles
- 10 GM Tila dark bronze beads
- 10 GM Tila matte metallic green iris beads
- silver lined gold 11/0 seed beads
- 1” wide gold clasp (also Fire Mountain website)
- Purely Silk Gold beading thread - Size “D”