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Video:How to Make a Waterfall Tila Bead Necklace

with Ana Pizarro

The waterfall design is a great one for tila bead necklaces. This About.com video will show you step by step instructions for making a waterfall tila bead necklace.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Waterfall 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 waterfall tila bead necklace.

Waterfall Tila Bead Necklace Materials

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

  • Scissors
  • Tila beads
  • Some nymo thread
  • A beading needles
  • Teardrop crystals
  • 14 inches of chain
  • Size 15 seed beads
  • 6 mm Swarovski crystals
  • Jump rings
  • A lobster claw clasp
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Some wire cutters

Beginning the Tila Bead Necklace

I'm stringing my tila bead first and go down in the same bead. Go through the same bead one more time and go down one more time. Take your next bead and we're going to join it by just going through the very next hole. Go down towards your body, up again into the new bead, down into the next hole of the tila bead that we added. This is the brick stitch. I would repeat the same way until I have four beads.

Now that we finished our point, we're moving to add our next rows, which are going to be in a diagonal. String one bead right above the second bead, and we're just going to join it, and then up again into the same bead. So we're doing the same brick stitch with three beads.

Adding Teardrop Beads to Necklace

Now I'm going to start the other side of the diagonal. It will look the same as the other side. The good thing about this project is you can make it as long as you want. In my pattern, I have 11 rows. Now I'm going to show you how to do the waterfall embellishing. You can do the fringe with 7 seed beads, 6 mm crystal, and one more bead. And since this is going to stop the bead from falling, we want to skip it, and go back into all of the rest of the beads.

In order to add your teardrop bead, we want to string first 7 little beads. String your teardrop crystal and 5 more seed beads. Go back into the very first two beads closer to the tila bead. Go through the tila bead, and that's how you will come up with a teardrop shape. Repeat this pattern every other one we have a different bead.

Completing the Waterfall Tila Bead Necklace

For our bottom piece, 7 seed beads, a teardrop crystal, 4 little seed beads. We're joining here the number 3 bead. We still need like 2 little seed beads over here. Once you pull it, you just continue going until you finish the other side. I like to make at least 5 knots in different places. And then I cut my thread. Fold this in the middle and cut with your wire cutters. I'm stringing 10 size 15 seed beads and one side of your chain.

I'm going down through the other end. Once you pull it, it will create a loop. You want to repeat the same process on the other side of your necklace. You need a jump ring. Grasp it, and pull it towards you. Attach your ring, the end of the chain, push it back.

We just finished our waterfall tila bead necklace. As you can see there are different ways to make a tila bead necklace. For more patterns, visit us on the web at About.com.

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