Tassels have become a well-established element of DIY jewelry. These fun and flirty embellishments are easy to make and require only a few inexpensive materials. Keep reading to see how to make your own tassel and transform it into a handmade statement necklace.
– Scrap cardboard (2 x 3 inches)
– 8 to 10mm jump ring
– Large metal bead
– Adjustable ring blank with loop
– Head pin
– Embroidery thread (1 skein)
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– Chain (about 30 inches) + jump ring
An adjustable ring blank with a loop is typically used for creating rings with charms. You can find these on Etsy or Ebay, and sometimes at your local craft store.
1. Hold the embroidery thread against the cardboard, placing the end at the bottom.
2. Begin tightly wrapping the thread around the cardboard.
3. Wrap it around the cardboard 30 to 45 times, according to how thick you want the tassel.
4. Gently open the ring blank.
5. Slip the opened ring blank underneath the thread bunch. Make sure you do this on the side that does not include the end of the thread.
6. Close the ring.
7. Rotate it so the loop faces outwards.
8. Carefully remove the entire bunch from the cardboard.
9. Place an 8-inch strand of thread underneath the tassel, right below the ring blank.
10. Tie a tight knot, wrap the ends around the tassel, and tie another knot. Repeat once more, then trim the excess thread.
11. To complete the tassel, use the scissors to cut the bottom.
12. Add the large metal bead to the head pin. Trim the head pin using the cutting portion of the pliers, leaving a little more than 1/4 of an inch.
13. Use the round-nosed tips to create a loop.
14. Attach it to the ring blank/tassel pendant.
15. Attach the 8 or 10mm jump ring to the top of the metal bead.
16. Add the pendant to the chain.
17. If you haven’t already, connect the ends of the chain with a smaller jump ring.
Now you’re ready to rock your brand new necklace.
I love the way the fuchsia thread pops against an all-black ensemble. If you have a favorite color combination, feel free to use more than one color thread!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)
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