This incredible statement necklace was made by jewellery designer Bridge Parle who shares a full step-by-step tutorial on how to make it! Don’t you just LOVE the shimmer of all those petrol-blue tones as it catches the light? We think Bridge’s eye-catching design keeps a very delicate and intricate feel with those amazing twin hole Miyuki Tila beads to create an edgy angular look! It’s so silky to the touch and has a satisfying weight that’s not heavy, but feels expensive! Bold, statement necklace are a big TREND for 2016 – especially chunky collars and chokers, so why not make your own ‘Cosmic Radience’ necklace following the tutorial below.
- Miyuki Square Tila 5x5mm 2 Hole Iris Gunmetal 5g TL0455 X 3
- Toho Size 8 Round Seed Beads Inside Colour Crystal Gold Lined 10g 8TR262 X 2
- Toho Size 15 Round Seed Beads Rainbow Light Topaz Sea Foam Lined 10g 15TR952 X 1
- Fireline Thread 6lb Size D 0.006in Smoke Grey 50yards TC300 X 1
- Brushed Silver Plated Copper Flower Toggle Clasp 21x23mm Pk2 F0129 X 1
Step 1. Add a stop bead to at least 1 metre of fireline. Pick up 1 tila bead and 2 8° seed beads 4 times. Pick up 1 more tila bead, 2 15° seed beads, 1 8° and 2 more size 15’s.
Step 2. Pass your needle back through the tila bead and pull snug. Pick up 2 8° seed beads and sew through the next tila bead. Continue to the end of the row.
Step 3. This is how your first completed row will look.
Step 4. Tie your working thread and your tail thread together in a couple of knots. Sew down through one hole of the tila and back up through the other.
Step 5. You will now use square stitch for the rest of the necklace. Pick up 2 8° seed beads and sew back through the tila bead your thread is coming out of. Pull snug.
Step 6. Pass your needle back through the 2 8° seed beads you just added.
Step 7. Pick up a tila bead and sew up through the 2 8° seed beads from the previous row.
Step 8. Pull snug and sew back through the Tila bead you just added.
Step 9. Continue square stitch, alternating between tila beads and 8° beads, until you reach the last 2 seed beads on the previous row.
Step 10. To make the turn, pick up 2 15° seed beads, 1 8° seed beads and 2 more size 15°s. Sew back up the second hole on the tila bead and pull snug.
Step 11. Add 2 8° seed beads between each tila working your way back up your piece.
Step 12. To add the last 2 8° seed beads, pick up 2 8° seed beads and sew back down the 2 8°s from the previous row.
Step 13. Sew back up the 2 seed beads you just added.
Step 14. To add the increase to the top of the row, pick up 1 tila bead 3 15° seed beads. Let them drop to the end of your thread and then pass your needle down through the second hole of the tila and into the 2 8° seed beads below.
Step 15. Sew up through the 2 8° seed beads and the tila bead to get in position to start the next row.
Step 16. Continue adding rows until you reach your desired size. Repeat for the opposite side.
Step 17. We will now start decreasing rows. Work as previous steps, but stop and do your turn when you reach the 2nd to last set of 8° beads. Make your turn and complete the row as normal.
Step 18. Again, make another decrease, stopping and turning at the 2nd to last set of 8° beads.
Step 19. This row will be your last decrease row. Stop and turn at the last set of 8° beads.
Step 20. Continue with step 19 until you reach your desired length. Repeat for the opposite side.
Step 21. When your necklace is the required length, it’s time to add the clasp. Lay your piece flat so the 2 sets of 15° seed beads are facing each other.
Step 22. With your thread coming out of a tila bead, sew through the 1st 2 15° seed beads.
Step 23. Pick up 10 15° seed beads, pass your needle through the ring on the clasp, then sew back through the 15° seed bead you are coming out of. Sew back through all your beads to reinforce the clasp, then sew down into your work to knot your thread. Repeat for the opposite side.
Your Tila necklace is now complete, enjoy!