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Free Beading Tutorial
Spikey TILA Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Spikey TILA Bead Bracelet Tutorial

 

Supplies to make as the image shows above. But there are endless color combos!

1A - T11-F399O

2A - T15-377J

2B - T15-457L

3A - TLB-2006

4A - Swarovski Elements 4mm Blue Zircon AB 2X

4B - Swarovski Elements 4mm Lt. Smoke Topaz

6mm Magnetic Clasp

Wire Guards

Size 12 Beading Needles
Size 13 Beading Needles (Optional)
.006 Wildfire Beading Thread

Project notes:

1 package of each bead is more than enough to complete the bracelet.
For an 8" bracelet you will need 36 Blue Zircon AB2X & 37 Lt. Smoke Topaz Crystals.

The graphics show the beads spaced out for clarity. Your beads should sit right next to each other.

This project uses 12 to 16 feet of thread. You will need to end and begin new thread more than once. Just weave your thread in a figure 8 motion several times, allowing it to cross over itself within the beads. Snip close to the work.
Begin a new thread in the same manner making sure you are exiting the beadwork where you left off.

Only if needed, use a plier to pull your needle through the beads. Because there are times when several thread passes go through some of the beads it can get a little tight. If you must do this, be sure to ONLY pull straight out of the bead hole. If you pull at an angle you can easily break a bead and/or your needle. Please use caution and protective eyewear when doing this as a broken needle can be dangerous.

Thread your needle with a comfortable working length of thread. I use two wingspans. The bracelet begins with a center row of Right Angle Weave.

String on eight 1A. Pass back through all of the beads forming a circle.

Position your work so you can see a distinct set of two beads on each side of the circle.

North, South, East, West.

Your thread should be exiting out of two beads along one side.

Pick up six 1A. Pass back through the opposite side of the two beads you were exiting.

Pull the beads snugly next to each other.

Then pass your thread through the two N beads, and the two E beads.

Your thread should be exiting as the diagram shows.

Pick up six 1A. Pass back through the opposite side of the two beads you were exiting.

Pull the beads snugly next to each other.

Then pass your thread through the two S beads, and the two W beads.

Your thread should be exiting as the diagram shows.

Continue adding six beads at a time until your base row is approx. 1 1/2" shorter than you would like your completed bracelet to be.

Begin adding the fringe off the side of the bracelet. Position your thread so that it is exiting out of the 1st set of two beads on a long side of the base row. Pick up, one 2A, one 3A (TILA bead), one 2A, one 2B, one 1A, four 2B.

Skipping over three of the 2B, pass back down through the 4th 2B and the 1A

Pick up one 2B, one 2A and pass back through the 3A (TILA Bead). Pick up one 2A and pass back into the opposite side of the two beads in the base you exited.

Continue passing through the beads in the same direction until you are exiting out of the two beads on the opposite side.


Add an identical fringe to this side of the base row.

Move your thread through the beads in the base row until you are exiting out of the second set of two beads from the end. Each fringe you add you will move from one side of the base to the other side. This is the proper thread path so that you continue to follow the Right Angle Weave thread path.

Pick up one 2A, one 3A (TILA bead), one 2A, one 2B, one 1A, one 2B, the blue 4mm crystal & three 2B.
Skipping over the last three 2B's, pass back through the crystal and the 2B just below it.

Pick up one 1A, one 2B & one 2A, pass back through the TILA bead. Pick up one 2A and pass back into the opposite side of the two beads in the base row.

Thread through the beads until you are exiting the two side beads on the opposite side of the base row.

Create an identical fringe on this side.

Repeat alternating fringe with and without crystals all the way down the length of the base row.

Once you've reached the other end and have added your final fringe, you'll add one side of the clasp and its connection to the base row.

With your thread exiting out of the two beads at the end of the base row, pick up two 2A and one 1A, string on the wire guard passing into the bottom open end then back out through the other side. Slide the ring from the clasp onto the wire guard making sure it sits inside the curve of the wire guard. Pass back through the 1A, pick up two 2A and pass into the opposite side of the two beads you were exiting. Pull the thread until everything sits snugly together. Pass through all of these beads and the wire guard again. Try to make three passes for strength.

Now you will add the layer of crystal embellishment over the right angle weave base row.

Position your thread so that it is exiting out of the two beads at the end of the base row.

Pick up one 2B, one 2A, one 4mm Lt. Smoke Topaz Crystal, one 2A & 2B. Lay the beads diagonally across a single section of Right Angle Weave and pass through the opposite side of next set of two beads in the center of the base row. Pull snug so the beads sit in place. Note the diagram on where your thread should be exiting.

Continue adding crystals with the two beads on either side, diagonally down the base row. If your needle is getting stuck often, consider switching to a smaller size 13 needle.

Add the second half of your clasp the same way you added the first half.

Weave your tail thread off and snip close to the beadwork.

Wear your new bracelet proudly! You did a fantastic job!

We'd love to see the color combinations you come up with! Drop us an email!

This tutorial, all images and text are Copyright © 2010 Beki Haley
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