I made a tassel necklace earlier this week. I have always wanted to make jewelry featuring tassels, but I never got around to it until recently.
It’s a simple design. The tassel is the focal point and the silver seed beads compliment the tassel.
You could either purchase ready-made tassels from a craft or fabric store, or you could make them yourself using embroidery floss. I wanted to make them myself, so I followed the instructions that I found on Brit & Co. I made the tassel directly on the beading wire to save time.
You could wear the necklace with your casual attire. I might wear this necklace to my sister’s bridal shower since purple and silver are her wedding colors.
If you want to make a simple necklace, then the tassel necklace is for you.
Here are the instructions.
Materials and Tools
purple embroidery floss<
1 tube (7g/.24oz) Toho 6/0 “E” seed beads in galvanized silver
1 tube (8g/.28oz) Toho 11/0 seed beads in galvanized silver
24″ (61cm) piece Accu-Flex® 7 strands (.014″/.36mm diameter) beading wire in Clear or similar color
2 Beadalon silver-plated crimp tubes, size 2
2 silver-plated wire guardians
12-15 5mm silver plated jump rings
1 silver-plated spring clasp
flat nose pliers
bent nose pliers
needle nose pliers
Make the tassel
Wrap the strand of embroidery thread around the four digits of your hand 10 times. Cut the excess thread. You should have a set of loops wrapped around your digits. Gently slide the loops off of your digits.
String beading wire through the loops of embroidery thread. Once the loops of embroidery thread are centered on the cord, tape the ends of the beading wire onto a table.
Cut another piece of embroidery thread that is double the length of the potential tassel. Tie a knot around the potential tassel. Flip the tassel over and tie another knot around the potential tassel. Apply tacky glue to the knot.
Take the ends of the embroidery thread and push them down to blend in with the other strands of the tassel. Snip the tips of the loops then trim and even out ends of the tassel. Flip the tassel back over to the front.
String the beads
String two 11/0 seed beads (one on each side of the tassel). String a 6/0 seed bead next to each 11/0 seed bead. Continue stringing the beads, alternating between the 6/0 seed beads and the 11/0 seed beads, until you are approximately 3” from each end of the beading wire.
String a crimp tube, another 11/0 seed bead, and a wire guardian. Thread the end of the beading wire through the other side of the wire guardian, the first 11/0 seed bead, the crimp tube, and the second 11/0 seed bead.
Slightly pull the beading wire tight with the bent nose pliers. Gently squeeze the crimp tube with the needle nose pliers. Cut the excess wire with the flush cutters up to the middle of the first 6/0 seed bead. Tuck the tip of the wire into the 6/0 seed bead. Repeat on the other side.
Attach the clasp
Open the jump rings with the flat nose and bent nose pliers. Attach the set of jump rings on each side of the necklace, leaving one jump ring open for the clasp. Attach the clasp to the jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Here is the finished necklace:
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