Thursday, November 8, 2012

DIY: tassel necklace

Tassels seem to be everywhere nowadays, from keychains to jewelry to handbags, the list goes on and on. When Rachel Zoe's jewelry line was launched this summer, I featured a few of my favorites on the blog, which included one tassel necklace and tassel earrings. I've been unable to find a piece that I liked and was in my price range so I decided to take matters into my own hands with this DIY tassel necklace.

For this you will need:
Chain of your choice {I used this and this}
Beads or bead caps
Eye pins
Jump rings
Round nose pliers
Side cutters
A ruler
Strong adhesive glue {I like using this}

1. Measure your chain to double the desired length of your tassel {I wanted the tassel to be three inches in length so I measured out six inches} and, with your side cutters, cut to that length.

2. This step is a bit tricky! Thread your bead cap onto the eye pin. Then, using your pliers {it's easier!}, create a U-shape so that the bottom of the eye pin goes back through the top of the cap. You want to have a loop/opening for the chains to go through. Don't worry if it's too big {the bigger the loop, the more chain you can hang}, just make sure you have enough through the top to wrap around the 'eye' of the pin. It'll take a bit of maneuvering, but the pliers make this very easy.

3. Put the pieces of chain through the loop you created. I ended up using seven pieces for this necklace.

4. Wrap the remainder of the pin around the bottom of the 'eye'. Cut any excess with your side cutters.

5. Open a jump ring. Slide your bead cap and chains onto this.

6. Then, just decide how long you want to necklace to be and slide your chain onto the open jump ring. Use your pliers to close it. {I made this a long necklace so that I could put it on without a clasp.}

I used strong adhesive glue on the inside of the bead cap to make sure the chains didn't move around so much. For the gold chain {a slightly easier version}, I slid the eye pin under the cut chain pieces, folded the pin, then repeated steps four - six. I glued together three beads/spacers and slid it over the connected jump ring, eye pin, and chain.

I would say that this took me about 30-45 minutes to make two necklaces. The late hour {I didn't start this until around 11:30 at night} and my perfectionist tendencies most likely affected the amount of time it took me to complete this. It's really not that difficult once you get started. Not to toot my own horn, but I really like the way they turned out. These would be a great stocking stuffer, don't you think?

1 comment:

  1. Sheri I love this! They turned out so well! I would definitely want to give this a try!


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