Layered Tila Bracelet Tutorial

Net and Right Angle Weave Tila Bracelet Tutorial

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****10/19/2012 Steps 9-12 have been corrected from 4MM to 3MM. I apologize for any confusion!

I’ve been working a lot with Tila beads recently and thought it was time to do a free Tila bracelet tutorial!

This pattern is similar in some ways to my Tila Crystal Box Bracelet and uses the same clasp but it’s not as dimensional and is easier to bead up.

Check out some of these other great Tila Patterns:

Deb Roberti’s Skinny SuperDuo Band

She also has an entire page of Tila only patterns which can be found on her site at AroundTheBeadingTable.com

About.com’ s Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet

Also, visit Chris Franchetti Michaels’  beadjewelry.net  for some of her Tila Patterns.

Tila Temptation Bracelet on favecraftsblog.com

Had to include this one too that I just found on Pinterest…Nancy Gou’s Board: Beading With Tilas.

*September 2-Another really nice one I found today from Smadar’s Treasure- Ribbead Pattern 

So, off subject for a moment. I have switched to the dark side….and have begun using Nymo size D beading thread. It was a little challenging at first switching from Fire Line, but using the right color thread for some projects will give a nice effect between some of those small spaces you see in the bead work. Tons cheaper too! I was hesitant at first; I’ve used nylon thread before (think it was the cheap stuff though) and was sorely disappointed. The manager at our local bead store told me to at least give it a shot and ended up giving me a free spool. So far it’s been nice, although I found that I can’t pull as much thread at the same time. It’s more difficult to re-thread but the more I use it, the easier it’s getting.

Enough rambling for now, on to the tutorial!

What you will need to make a 7 inch bracelet end to end, 6 and 3/4″ wearable:

51 Tila beads, Matte Metallic Copper #TL-2005

22 4MM Czech fire polished beads, Ruby

33 3MM Czech fire polished beads, Garnet

5 grams size 11/0 Miyuki seed beads, Metallic Bronze Copper #11-457a

5 grams size 15/0 Miyuki seed beads, Metallic Bronze Copper #15-457c

*Please note these are the beads I happened to have on hand but am not sure how available the finish/colors are. You can achieve a more metallic look with regular #457 Miyuki seed beads and #457 Tila beads.

Clasp-I have instructions to make your own but you can use a regular clasp.

Thread, scissors, size 12 beading needle. I used Nymo size D Red but Fire Line is great too.

Making A Layered Square

1. Pull about 5 feet of thread and thread your needle. Pick up 4 tila beads and add them to your thread. Leave a 2 and 1/2  foot tail for the clasp. Pass through the first tila strung, coming in the opposite side of where your thread is coming out from to create a loop/square with the tilas.

2. Round 1 Pick up one copper 11/0; working in a counter-clockwise direction, pass through the next tila.

3. Repeat Step 2 to continue Round 1 by adding one copper 11/0 in each corner. Pass through the last tila,  then though the first copper 11/0 added in Step 2.

4. Round 2 Pick up 3 copper 11/0 beads; pass back through the same copper 11/0 , coming in from the opposite side of where your thread is coming out from. This will form a right angle weave loop in this corner.

5. Pass through all beads in this right angle loop to strengthen, then through the tila and the copper 11/0 on the next corner.

6. Repeat Step 4 and 5 for the next corner.

7. Continue to repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the next corner.

8. Repeat Step 4 for the last corner. Pass back through all beads in the right angle loop. Weave through the loop to the top end copper 11/0 of the corner.

9. Round 3 Pick up a 3MM bead; working clockwise, pass through the next corner copper 11/0.

10.  Pick up another 3MM bead;  pass through the next corner copper 11/0.

11. Repeat Step 9 to continue Round 3 for the last 2 corners so that you have a 3MM bead on each tila.

12. Pass back through all 3MM beads and corner 11/0s from Round 3. Keep your thread tight to strengthen this top loop.

13. Weave through any corner down to the bottom copper 11/0 that is connected between the tilas from Steps 2 and 3.

14. Pass through the tila. This shows how it would look from top and bottom.

15. Pass through to the outer hole of the tila you are working in.

16. Round 4 Pick up 2 copper 15/0s, 1 copper 11/o and 2 copper 15/0s. Working clockwise, bring your needle through the outer hole of the next tila.

17. Repeat Step 16 for each corner to continue Round 4. On the last corner, pass through the tila and the first 2 copper 15/0s added in Step 16.

18. Round 5  Start this round by skipping over the very next copper 11/0; working clockwise, pass through the next 2 copper 15/0s and the next tila. This should allow the copper 11/0 you skipped over to pucker out. If needed, use your needle to pull the copper 11/0 out.

19. Pick up 1 tila; bring your needle back through the previous tila, coming in from the opposite side that your thread is coming out from.  Pass through the just added tila.

20.  Pass through the previous tila; continue to work clockwise and pass through the next 2 copper 15/0 beads.

21. Skip over the copper 11/0 and pass through the next 2 copper 15/0 beads and the next tila. Pick out the corner copper 11/0 if needed.

22.  Pick up 1 tila and pass through the previous tila, coming in through the opposite side of where your thread is coming out from. Pass back through both tilas to strengthen.

23. Pass through the previous tila and through the next 2 copper 15/0s beads.

24. Continue Round 5 by repeating  Steps 18 through 21 for all 4 sides, adding a  tila bead to each of the bottom layer tila beads.

25. I have turned my piece to where the left side is now the bottom.  Pass through the last tila added in Step 24.

26. Round 6  Flip your just added tilas up(inward). Pick up beads in this order: 1 copper 11/0, 1 copper 15/0, a 4MM bead, 1 copper 15/0 and 1 copper 11/0. Working in a counter-clockwise direction, pass through the next tila, using the bottom hole of the top layer tila bead.

27. Repeat Step 26 to continue Round 6 for each corner, using the same bottom hole of the top layer tilas. Pull thread snug.

28. Round 7 Keep thread snug. Continue to work counter-clockwise and string 5 copper 15/0 beads; pass through the next tila, using the same bottom holes as Steps 26 and 27. Some tilas may be a little tricky to get to as you may have to back out of a couple of beads since your needle may want to go through the seed beads and fire polish also.

29. Repeat Step 28 to continue Round 7 for all 4 corners. Keep thread snug.

30. Weave up through the last tila up to the top hole.

31. Round 8 Pick up 3 copper 15/0s; working clockwise, pass through the next tila, using the top hole.

32. Repeat Step 31 to continue Round 8 for all 4 inner corners. Keep thread snug as you work. Pass back through ALL tilas and 15/0s added in Round 8 to strengthen this inner loop, keeping thread snug.

Making the connection

33. Weave down to the bottom hole of the tila.

34. Flip your piece over to where the bottom side is facing up.

35. Pick up 1 copper 11/0, a 3MM bead and 1 copper 11/0. Pass through the same bottom tila, coming in on the opposite side your thread is coming from to form a loop.

36. Pass through all beads added in Step 35 and the tila to strengthen. Weave through to the 3MM bead.

37. Flip your piece over to where the top side is up.

38. Pick up 1 copper 11/0, 1 tila and 1 copper 11/0. Pass through the 3MM bead, going through the opposite side of where your thread is coming out from.

39. Pass through the 3MM, copper 11/0s and tila again to strengthen. Weave to the first tila hole closest to the 3MM bead(hole we have been working through already).

40. Pick up 3 copper 15/0 beads; pass through the end hole of the tila. This should allow the copper 15/0 beads to sit on one side of the tila.

41.Pick up 3 copper 15/0s again and pass through the previous hole in the tila AND and the first strung copper 15/0 on the other side.

42. Skip over the center(second strung) copper 15/0; pass through the last copper 15/0, the tila AND the first strung copper 15/0 added  in Step 41 on the other side of the tila. This will allow the side embellishment to stick out a little. Use your needle to pick out the center copper 15/0 if needed.

43. Skip over the center copper 15/0; pass through the first strung copper 15/0 on this side, through the tila and the copper 15/0 on the other side of the tila. Use your needle to pick out the center copper 15/0 if needed.

44. Skip the center copper 15/0 on this side; pass through the last copper 15/0 and the tila ONLY.

45. Pick up 1 copper 11/0, a 3MM and 1 copper 11/0; pass through the tila going in on the opposite side your thread is coming out from. Pass through all beads added in this step and the tila to strengthen.

46. Weave through to the 3MM bead.

47. Pick up 1 copper 11/0, 1 tila and 1 copper 11/0; pass through the 3MM bead. Pass through all beads added in this step and the 3MM to strengthen.

48. Weave through to the end hole of the tila.

Starting Your Next Layered Square

49. Pick up 3 tilas; pass through the previous tila, coming in on the opposite side of where your thread is coming out from.

50. Repeat Steps 2 through 32 from Making A Layered Square to create your next layered square. Once your next square is complete, follow Making a Connection to connect to your next layered square. For a 7  inch bracelet end to end, which is 6 and 3/4 wearable, follow directions to make 5 squares. Each square with one connection is 1 inch. Add or remove squares, or adjust the clasp directions to fit your needs. Repeat these steps until your bracelet is about 1 inch less than the desired length so you can add your clasp.

Making a Tila Toggle Bar and Ring Clasp

Toggle Bar

51.  Take the 2 and 1/2 foot tail thread you left from Step 1, thread your needle and repeat Steps 33-47 from Making a Connection. Repeat Steps 40-44 to add your side embellishments to the end tila bead.

52. Pick up 1 copper 11/0, a 4MM bead and 1 copper 11/0; pass through the tila, coming in on the opposite side of where your thread is coming out from. Pass through all of these beads including the tila 3 times to strengthen.

53. Weave through the 4MM bead.

54. Pick up 1 copper 11/0, a tila and 1 copper 11/0. Pass through all beads including the 4MM bead 2 times to strengthen.

55. Weave through the tila.

56. Pick up 1 tila and bring it next to the previous tila.

57. Pass through the end holes of both tilas. Pull your thread.

58. Pick up another tila and bring it next to the tila your thread is coming out from.

59. Pass through all 3 tilas, going through the first holes near the 4MM bead, then back through the end holes.

60. Pick up 3 copper 11/0 beads; pass through the tila bar going through the first holes.

61. Pick up another 3 copper 11/0 beads; pass through the end holes of the tila bar and through the first strung copper 11/0 from Step 60.

62. Skip over the center copper 11/0 added in Step 60; pass through the end copper 11/0 on this side, through the tila bar and the  copper 11/0 on the opposite side of the bar. Repeat this step for the other side of the bar. Weave through the bar and your bracelet, tying 2 to 3 half hitch knots to secure your thread and cut your thread.

Beaded Ring

63. You will need at least a 2 1/2 to 3 foot thread for this part. If you don’t have a long enough tail thread, end it and tie in a new piece. Repeat steps 51-53 for this end. Pick up about 23 copper 11/0 beads;  pass through the 4MM bead to create a loop.

64. Pass through all 11/0s and the 4MM bead again to strengthen this loop. Test your toggle end to make sure it goes through the ring.

65. Weave through the 4MM bead, then pass through the first 2 copper 11/0 beads in the ring.

66. Pick up 3 copper 15/0 beads and bring your needle through the 2nd and 3rd bead in the ring. This will form a small loop over the second copper 11/0 in the ring.

67. Pick up 2 copper 11/0s; pass through the last strung 15/0 from the previous loop and through the 3rd and 4th copper 11/0 beads in the ring. This will create a small beaded loop over the third copper 11/0 in the ring and you will have shared a 15/0 from the previous embellishment loop.

68. Pick up 2 more copper 15/0s; pass through the last strung copper 15/0 from the previous step and the 4th and 5th copper 11/0 beads in the ring. Continue adding 15/0s in this manner around the ring until you reach the 2nd to last copper 11/0 in the ring.

69. Add your last 2 copper 15/os to the 2nd to last copper 11/0 in the ring; pass through the next copper 11/0 and the 4MM bead. Weave through the ring or your piece and tie 2-3 half hitch knots to secure your thread and cut your thread.

Please feel free to contact me  if you have any questions by leaving a comment or clicking on the Contact Me link on the top of this page. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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15 thoughts on “Layered Tila Bracelet Tutorial

  1. I too love this pattern but then I really like TILA beads! Thanks for sharing. I make and sell beaded jewelry but won’t sel this one!
    Would like to know if you do have patterns that I can MAKE jewelry for resell? I am not talking about your pattern. I don’t copy patterns for resell.
    Thanks

  2. Thank you very much for this tutorial. It is sooooooo lovely and I will be making these as gifts for a few of my girl friends. Before I begin though, I just wanted to confirm the size of the fire polished beads you used in steps No. 9 to No. 12. Are these supposed to be the 4MMs or the 3MMs? When comparing the colors you used, it looks to me that you used 3MMs rather than 4MMs. Could you please confirm for me. Thanks so much!

    • Thank you so much Lucy for catching that and bringing it to my attention! Yes, you are correct. Steps 9-12 were supposed to read 3MM not 4MM. I have corrected it on the post. Thanks again and hope you have fun with this!

  3. wow, thanks for sharing this pattern. My daughters will love receiving these! You are very talented and generous.

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