Metallic Tone Woven Tila Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

bracelet measures 6.50"

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.

Directions

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.

step 1 - Cut a piece of beading thread to measure two yards, or a length you’re comfortable working with.  Attach a stop bead 12 inches from one end.  The 12 inches of thread will be used to work in the clasp later.  Add a gold bead, bronze bead, iris bead, two gold beads, a iris bead, bronze bead and gold bead.

step 1 - Cut a piece of beading thread to measure two yards, or a length you’re comfortable working with.  Attach a stop bead 12 inches from one end.  The 12 inches of thread will be used to work in the clasp later.  Add a gold bead, bronze bead, iris bead, two gold beads, a iris bead, bronze bead and gold bead.

step 4 - Move back up through the bottom holes of the iris and bronze beads in row one.

step 4 - Move back up through the bottom holes of the iris and bronze beads in row one.

step 7 - Add a gold bead.  Move up to the gold bead in the first row, through it, through the bottom holes of the bronze and iris beads.

step 7 - Add a gold bead.  Move up to the gold bead in the first row, through it, through the bottom holes of the bronze and iris beads.

step 2 - Add another gold bead and move through the bottom holes of the bronze bead, iris bead.  Add two gold beads and move through the iris and bronze beads.  Add another gold bead.

step 2 - Add another gold bead and move through the bottom holes of the bronze bead, iris bead.  Add two gold beads and move through the iris and bronze beads.  Add another gold bead.

 
step 5 - Move through both gold beads, through the top holes of the bronze and iris beads.  Add two gold beads.

step 5 - Move through both gold beads, through the top holes of the bronze and iris beads.  Add two gold beads.

step 8 - Move through the top holes of the iris and bronze beads, and through the gold bead in the second row.  Add a gold bead and move through the bottom holes of the bronze and iris beads.

step 8 - Move through the top holes of the iris and bronze beads, and through the gold bead in the second row.  Add a gold bead and move through the bottom holes of the bronze and iris beads.

step 3 - Add a gold bead, bronze and iris bead.

step 3 - Add a gold bead, bronze and iris bead.

 
step 6 - Add a iris and bronze bead.

step 6 - Add a iris and bronze bead.

step 9 - Add two gold beads.  Move through the bottom holes of the iris and bronze beads.  Add a gold bead.  

step 9 - Add two gold beads.  Move through the bottom holes of the iris and bronze beads.  Add a gold bead.  

step 10 - Continue weaving by repeating steps 3 through 9 until you have the length bracelet to fit your wrist. Mine is made of 26 rows and measures 6.5” including the clasp. The pattern of this bracelet calls for continuously moving back through your previous work to securely link the Tila beads together avoiding gaps between rows. The blue lines in the illustration above may help to demonstrate how. Using the steps above will result in these links.

step 10 - Continue weaving by repeating steps 3 through 9 until you have the length bracelet to fit your wrist. Mine is made of 26 rows and measures 6.5” including the clasp.

The pattern of this bracelet calls for continuously moving back through your previous work to securely link the Tila beads together avoiding gaps between rows. The blue lines in the illustration above may help to demonstrate how. Using the steps above will result in these links.

step 11 - This image illustrates how I connected my clasp. After threading through the loops I worked back and forth through the first three rows to reinforce the connection and prevent the weight of the clasp from pulling and vertically separating the bead rows.  

step 11 - This image illustrates how I connected my clasp. After threading through the loops I worked back and forth through the first three rows to reinforce the connection and prevent the weight of the clasp from pulling and vertically separating the bead rows.  

 

TIP

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.

The Clasp

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.   



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 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)

At Ebay


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