Stained Glass Tila Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial

Stained Glass Tila Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial

Hi there! Sandy here with another jewelry
making video at my YouTube channel and my blog Today we’re going
to use 5mm square tila beads and some seed beads along with some beading thread to string
together this sweet bracelet. So for a complete list of the supplies and
materials you’ll need to make this bracelet, check out the blog post link in the description
box below or you can click on the link up here. Now these are tila beads. If you want
to know more about them, I made a video explaining what they are and they are little square beads,
usually 4mm-5mm, depending on the manufacturer and they have two holes. Two parallel holes
and we’re going to put those together in a pattern along with some seed beads. This particular
mix that I have is kind of fun. It’s called crystal vitrail. So on one side the beads
are clear and the other side has a coating, which changes. I don’t have green and pink
beads mixed in here. It actually changes as I change the angle. It changes from pink to
green. It’s kind of cool. So you could use a lot of different beads.
I’ve chosen this mix of a red aurora borealis seed bead. You’ll also need some beading thread
and a couple of beading needles and these are really great. These are big eye needles.
You can see it’s really two pieces of wire joined together at the ends and the rest of
the needle is just the whole thing is an eye so it makes threading really easy. You’ll
need two of those. Now because the bracelet is going to get a
lot of wear on the thread on the end, I’ve actually gone ahead and threaded, I put a
piece of thread onto a wire protector. I know it’s called a wire protector, but it will
protect your thread as well. You need to cut yourself about a 3yd piece of your nylon thread
for stringing together your bracelet. I just have a smaller sample here to show you how
to begin. So go ahead and thread your thread onto one of your needles and then use that
to string on a wire protector and then center that wire protector on the thread so you’ll
bring the two ends together. I have a little sample here in a different
color just so you can see what I’m doing and then to keep the thread in the wire protector
because I found it kind of wanted to pop out, go ahead and make an overhand knot. An awl
is helpful here just to keep that knot right where you want it. Next I’m going to thread
one of my needles on each of these thread ends and then I’m just going to slide a bead
onto both threads and that bead will serve to cover up that knot that we made. Now to start I’m going to put five seed beads
onto each thread and now that that’s settled, now we can start working with our tila beads.
So if you have a design, if you have a coating and a right side and a wrong side, you want
to make sure you pay attention to that. So I’m just going to position my beginning here.
So the needle that’s on the right side goes through the hole of one of the tilas that’s
closest to you, through a seed bead and then again through the hole that’s closest to you
of the other tila. Go ahead and just pull the needle through.
Don’t cross over the other thread. You don’t want to risk knotting it and now I’m going
to slide the left hand needle through the same path, just going in the opposite direction.
So through the hole of the tila that’s closest to me, seed bead and again the hole of the
tila closest and then take both threads and pull. Snug them up and so now we have our
first two tilas on and now onto each needle you’re going to put three seed beads and then
go back through the hole that’s furthest from you on the tila. Go through a single seed
bead and the hole that’s the furthest on the other tila and again just pull your needle
through and leave it there without criss crossing and put three seed beads on this other one.
These three beads make a little picot or a little scallop on the outside of each tila
and then this left hand needle goes through the same path: the hole of the tila furthest
from you, the seed bead and the hole of the other one and then you can just pull your
left hand needle through to the right and then again pull them both. Just snug it up. When you add your next two tilas, you don’t
add any seed beads except the one in the middle of them so you go through the hole closest
to you, a seed bead to go in the middle and then the hole closest to you and again the
left hand needle goes back through the same path. Let me show you on a piece where I’ve already
almost finished. So here’s my bracelet nearly done. I’ve done this one with the white thread
which blends in just fine and you’ll need to make your bracelet until you’re about half
inch short from where the length you want it to be. Do keep in mind that it stretches
a little as you wear it. You might want to try it around your wrist. So I’ll show you that pattern one more time
to add the last two tilas. Again once you’ve done a pair and added the picots, the next
one you just pick up the hole that’s closest to you of a tila, a seed bead to go in between
them and then the hole that’s closest to you. Here’s a little trick. You can leave them
on the needle and then come in with your left hand needle and this way you don’t risk splitting
the thread. You want to try not to do that and then you can just grab both needle ends
and pull and then add three seed beads, go through the hole furthest from you, add a
single seed bead, the hole of the left hand one that’s furthest from you and in the same
way leave your needle in there, add three seed beads to the other needle and then send
the needle through the same path. Pull it up snug and there you go. And then we’ll finish much the way we started
by putting five seed beads on each needle. Technically the company calls these tila beads “seed beads,” but I mean these little tiny ones that we all know as seed beads and then
I’m gonna add another of my beads on the end to each needle. Again tie the thread in an
overhand knot. Make sure before you finish you knot that everything is pulled up nice
and even. I’m going to put both of these thread ends through one needle so I can send this
thread through a wire protector and then because this is tricky, you can use your threaded
needle here to tie the knot. Make it nice and close to that bead and wire protector
and then a little dab of strong glue wouldn’t go amiss here. You can slide the bead over
the knot to keep it in place and then you can add a little bit of chain to that wire
protector, your clasp to the other end and your bracelet is done. What’s cool about this particular bead is
they’re clear on the other side and white thread doesn’t show so you should have a reversible
bracelet. So here’s another look at the project we made today. I hope you like this and you’ll
give tila beads or other shaped beads a try. It’s fun to try something new and different. If you liked this video, be sure you have
subscribed to my YouTube channel so you’ll see more like it. Also give it a thumbs up
and share and check out the other two videos up on the screen. You can follow me on Facebook,
Pinterest, Instagram and on my blog. Happy creating. Bye bye.


  1. Such a sweet project Sandy! You have such a wonderful array of talents, a very creative individual. Thank you for sharing that wonder with us. I enjoy your videos so much!

  2. I don't think so. although able to do other links. I will try to find the videos in the playlist. Thank you for getting back to me. Love your videos

  3. Around 4:04, did you go back through the same bottom of tila holes as you did when you began? And then at 5:05, I can't tell if you went through the top hole or the bottom ones. Romans 10:8-13

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