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Tila bead bracelet

Tila beads and bicone crystals offer just the right amount of sparkle
Tila bead bracelet
Tila beads provide interesting design possibilities because they have two parallel holes running through them. I used that feature to make concentric rings that take on a geometric shape with the help of bicone crystals. The angles remind me of a picket fence.

Materials

Purple bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 32 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 401FR, matte black AB)
  • 18 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, light Colorado topaz AB 2X)
  • 32 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, violet opal)
  • 32 3 mm bugle beads (Toho 176BF, matte gray transparent rainbow)
  • 2-3 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 181, galvanized silver)
  • Clasp
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers

White bracelet colors:

  • 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 471, white AB)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, indicolite AB 2X)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, violet opal)
  • 3 mm bugle beads (Toho 176B, gray transparent rainbow)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 181, galvanized silver)
Tila bead bracelet Figure 1 2 3
Figures 1, 2 and 3

Instructions:

[1] On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of Fireline, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail, pick up the following pattern of beads twice: a 5 mm Tila bead, a 15/0 seed bead, a 4 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, a 4 mm, a 15/0, a Tila bead, a 15/0, a 3 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, a 3 mm, and a 15/0 (Figure 1, a-b). Sew through the same hole of the first Tila bead picked up to form a ring, and continue through the next 15/0, 4 mm, 15/0, 4 mm, 15/0, and the same hole of the next Tila bead (b-c).

[2] Sew through the second hole of the Tila bead your thread exited at the start of this step (c-d). Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the second hole of the next Tila bead in the ring (Figure 2, a-b).

[3] Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the second hole of the next Tila bead in the ring (b-c). Repeat this step twice (c-d), and then sew through the next two 15/0s so your thread is exiting the center 15/0 along the inner edge of the ring (d-e).

[4] Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding 15/0 along the outer edge of the ring (Figure 3, a-b). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the 15/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (b-c). Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the 15/0 your thread exited at the start of this step to form a picot (c-d). Sew through the next 15/0 along the inner edge of the ring, the inner hole of the next Tila bead, and the next two 15/0s along the inner edge of the ring (d-e). Repeat this step three times (e-f).

 

Tila bead bracelet  Figure 4
Figure 4

[5] Sew through the next two 15/0s in the inner picot to exit the center 15/0 (Figure 4, a-b). Pick up a 3 mm bugle bead, and sew through the center 15/0 of the next picot (b-c). Repeat the last stitch three times (c-d), and then sew through the beadwork to exit a 4 mm in the outer ring of the component (d-e).

[6] Pick up a 15/0, a Tila bead, a 15/0, a 3 mm, a 15/0, and a 3 mm (e-f). Repeat this pattern twice, but in the first repeat, pick up 4 mms instead of 3 mms (f-g). Pick up a 15/0, a Tila bead, and a 15/0, and sew through the 4 mm adjacent to the one your thread exited at the start of this step. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next 4 mm and 15/0 and the same hole of the following Tila bead (g-h).

[7] Repeat steps 2-6 six times. Repeat steps 2-5 once, but at the end of step 5, exit the center 15/0 between the two end 4 mms instead of a 4 mm.

[8] Pick up eight 15/0s, and sew through the 15/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path several times, and end the thread.

[9] Open a jump ring, and attach half of the clasp to the end loop of 15/0s.

[10] Using the tail, sew through the beadwork to exit the center 15/0 on the other end of the bracelet, and repeat steps 8 and 9.

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