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Video:How to Make a Tila Bead Necklace

with Ana Pizarro

Tila beads can be used to make any number of beautiful types of jewelry. This About.com video will teach you to make a tila bead necklace.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Tila Bead Necklace

Hi, my name is Ana Pizarro of Caravan Beads of Chicago, here for About.com. Today I'll be showing you how to make a tila bead necklace.

Tila Bead Necklace Supplies

The tools and supplies that we're going to be using today are:

  • Scissors
  • Nymo thread
  • Size 12 beading needles
  • 6x3 teardrop Czech glass beads
  • Tila beads
  • Size 11 seed beads
  • Toggle clasp
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Create Tila Bead Pattern

I'm going to start by stringing one tila bead. You want to leave about 8 inches of tail, which is really important for you to attach your clasp later on. Go down through the other side of the hole.

So now we're ready to start adding our embellishing. In this case we're going to do a little pattern of two 11s, one teardrop, and two more 11s. Join these by stringing a new tila bead. We just need to join right here and the other one. Today I'm using 3 size 11 seed beads. I'm just going down into the first tila bead. I'm going to continue with my needle through the two size 11 seed beads, the teardrop, and the two seed beads over here. Once you go through the small beads over here, also go through the tila bead. And we're coming down through the other hole of the tila bead to add a new loop.

Add Clasp to Necklace

Continue this pattern until you have about 16 inches of length. Now I'm going to add the clasp to finish it off. I'm going to string 5 size 11 seed beads. I will also string the clasp. I want to go back into the last bead. We're now going to string 4 more size 11 seed beads. Go through the other side of the same tila bead in order to finish your little loop which is going to be holding our clasp. Go through the beads and the toggle one more time in order to reinforce your thread.

We're ready to make some half hitch knots. So I'm going underneath the thread in between the beads. You pull it and you will have a small loop where you want to go through so the knot gets to be in between the beads. Then go through one bead or two, and you will be able to make a new knot. Once you make at least five half hitch knots in different places. Go really close to your bead and cut it.

Add Toggle to Tila Bead Necklace

I'm stringing five beads one more time. Also stringing my toggle clasp. And I'll go back into my last bead to share the space. We're adding one more time 4 beads. That's how you would create your nice loop for your toggle. I would reinforce it, make at least five little knots here and there, and go through a couple of beads, and cut the thread.

As you can see, there are a lot of different ways to make a tila bead necklace. For more patterns, visit us on the web at About.com.

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