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Tile trio bracelet

Bezeled glass tiles make fabulous focal pieces in a square stitch bracelet

While doing some custom tile work in my home, I found myself designing jewelry that incorporated decorative mosaic tiles with my beadwork. The bathroom may not be done, but I’ve got an armful of terrific bracelets!

SUPPLIES

bracelet 7–9 in. (18–23cm) 

  • 3 3⁄4-in. (1.9cm) square glass tiles (Michaels, michaels.com)
  • 2 top-to-bottom-drilled glass leaves (Fire Mountain Gems, firemountain. com)
  • 10g size 8/0 hex-cut beads, color to match tiles
  • size 15/0 seed beads
    • 5g bronze mix, color A
    • 5g green mix, color B
  • magnetic clasp
  • 4mm jump ring
  • Nymo D, color to match beads
  • beeswax
  • beading needles, #12
  • Lacy’s Stiff Stuff 
  • Ultrasuede or other fabric, color to match tiles
  • E6000 adhesive
  • chainnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

PEYOTE BEZEL

1. Cut three pieces of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff slightly larger than your tiles. Glue a tile to the center of each piece, and let them dry completely.

Tile trio bracelet Photo A
PHOTO A
Tile trio bracelet Photo B
PHOTO B

2. Using a comfortable length of Nymo, backstitch a row of color A 15/0 seed beads around the tile (PHOTO A). This row must have an even number of beads. Condition the remaining thread.

3. Using As, work in tubular, even-count peyote for five rounds, or until the tile is securely surrounded (PHOTO B). Secure the thread, and trim the tail.

4. Make two more bezeled tiles.

 


Tile trio bracelet Photo C
PHOTO C
SQUARE STITCH

1. Using a comfortable length of Nymo, backstitch eight 8/0 hex-cut beads along one edge of the exposed Lacy’s (PHOTO C). Condition the remaining thread.

Tile trio bracelet Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Tile trio bracelet Figure 2
FIGURE 2

2. Pick up an 8/0, go through the last backstitched 8/0 and the 8/0 just added (FIGURE 1, a–b). Work across the row in square stitch to point c.

3. Go through the first two backstitched 8/0s and the next-to-last 8/0 in row 2 (FIGURE 2, a–b).

4. To start row 3, pick up an 8/0. Go through the previous 8/0 and the new 8/0 again (b–c). Work across the row for a total of six beads (c–d).

Tile trio bracelet Photo D
PHOTO D

5. Continue working in square stitch for a total of five rows. Row 4 has four 8/0s; row 5 has two 8/0s (PHOTO D). Secure the thread, and trim the tail.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 on the opposite edge of the tile. Complete the other two tiles identically.

 


CONNECT THE TILES

1. Glue a piece of Ultrasuede or other fabric to the back of the Lacy’s, and let them dry. Carefully trim the fabric and Lacy’s as necessary.

 

Tile trio bracelet Photo E
PHOTO E
Tile trio bracelet Photo F
PHOTO F

2. Start a new length of thread, and knot the end. Go through the fabric, exiting away from the tile (PHOTO E). Pick up three color B 15/0 seed beads, and go through the Lacy’s and the fabric (PHOTO F). Using Bs, continue around the tile, including the underside of the square stitch elements, until the edges are covered with beads. Finish the other tiles.

 

Tile trio bracelet Photo G
PHOTO G
Tile trio bracelet Photo H
PHOTO H

3. To join the tiles, secure a thread within the square stitch band, and weave through the beads until you exit either of the top two 8/0s (PHOTO G). Sew through the top two 8/0s of another tile. Weave through the beads, then retrace the thread path to secure the join. Repeat to connect the third tile.

4. To make the optional fringe, secure a new thread, and exit the last 8/0 in row 4. Pick up 11 As, an 8/0, and four As (FIGURE 3, a–b, below). Starting with the seventh bead, go back through the fringe, and exit the last 8/0 in row 4 (b–c). Make an identical fringe on the other side, and exit either bead in row 5.

5. Pick up 14 color As, an 8/0, and four As. Starting with the tenth bead, go back through the fringe, and exit the other 8/0 in row 5. Make an identical fringe, and exit either bead in row 5 of the adjoining tile.

6. Fringe rows 5 and 4 of the adjoining tile to mirror the first (PHOTO H). Fringe an identical connection between tiles 2 and 3.


ADJUSTABLE BEADED CHAIN

1. Secure a new thread on one end of the bracelet, and exit a bead on the end row.

2. Pick up 32 As, a leaf bead, and an A (FIGURE 4, a–b, below). Go back through the leaf and the next five As.

3. Pick up six As, and go through the 21st bead (b–c). Pick up six As, and go through the 14th bead (c–d).

4. Pick up three As, one half of the magnetic clasp, and three As. Go through the seventh bead (d–e).

5. Pick up six As, and connect the chain to the adjacent 8/0 on the end row (e–f). Weave through the square stitch section, secure the thread, and trim the tail.

6. Repeat on the other end of the bracelet without adding the clasp half. Open the jump ring, and slide the clasp half onto the ring. Close the jump ring through the desired link in the chain.

Tile trio bracelet FIgure 3
FIGURE 3
Tile trio bracelet Figure 4
FIGURE 4

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