Sep 192017
 

I’ve seen it so many times before and yet it always amazes me that having to seek solutions to design problems always leads to a better finished design than if you didn’t have the problem in the first place.

tasseled affaire necklace cover

I’m not entirely sure that calling this beautiful hand-painted Chinese porcelain bead a “problem” is at all correct , but, in my mind it just seemed a bit small for a focal bead.

The solution, creating a tassel out of beaded chain, makes the bead so much more than it would’ve been otherwise. Not to mention that tassels are trendy and fun to wear.

I don’t know about you but whenever I wear a necklace with tassels I find there’s something irresistible about it and I can’t help but play and fiddle with it all day long.

So take another look in your bead stash and perhaps find a bead that you thought wasn’t quite large enough to be a focal. Give it a fun tassel and make yourself a great new necklace!

For only some of the beads was able to find links to the exact ones I used. Otherwise I gave you a link to a page of several supplies to choose from. Hope you find this list helpful!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

Watch the A Tasseled Affaire-Porcelain Bead & Beaded Tassel Necklace Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Jan 252016
 

leather tassel necklace

Today’s necklace incorporates two popular trends right now: leather and tassels. I kept the number of beads minimal and wire wrapped the leather cord for security and interest.

In the video I first bound the tassel with a bit of suede cord but as I show later I decided to wire wrap it in the same way as I did the rest of the suede cord.

It’s worth it to use the cord ends around the back of the neck so you don’t risk any scratchy bits of wire.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Leather Tassel Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials

  • 24 mm round focal bead
  • 12 10-12 mm chunky black stone beads
  • 10 8 mm crystal roundels
  • 8 6 mm black beads
  • bead stringing wire
  • two crimps
  • two crimp covers
  • two wire protectors
  • 3 yards 1/8 inch suede cord
  • 26 gauge craft wire
  • two cord ends
  • clasp
  • 2-3 inch piece of chain
  • 8mm jump rings
  • 20 #6 seed beads
  • eye pin

Tools

Directions

  1. Wrap suede cord 9 to 10 times around an object approximately 4 inches across. Slide loops off the object and insert an 8 mm jump ring to hold all of the loops. Use 26 gauge wire to wrap several times 1/4 inch below the jump ring to bind the tassel. Bend the end of the wire about 1/4 inch and tuck in between loops to secure.
  2. Slide 24 mm bead onto an eye pin and make a loop at the other end of the eye pin with One Step Looper or round nose pliers.
  3. Onto bead stringing wire slide a crimp and a wire protector. Slide the wire back through the crimp and flatten with One Step Crimper or crimping pliers. Trim excess wire and cover with a crimp cover.
  4. Onto wire slide 3 6 mm black beads and then alternate five chunky black beads with five crystal roundels with a number six seed bead in between each. Add one more chunky black bead and a 6 mm bead. Slide on one loop of the 24 mm bead and then reverse the pattern of beads and crystal roundels . Add a crimp, wire protector and crimp cover as previously.
  5. Slide a 10 inch length of suede cord through 8 mm jump ring and fold back an inch of the cord. Bind with a 3-4 inch piece of 26 gauge craft wire. Trim excess suede cord. Attach loop to one of the wire protectors. Repeat to attach a 10 inch length of suede cord to the other side of necklace.
  6. Insert end of suede cord into a cord end and use flat nose pliers to flatten each side over the cord. Repeat to add a cord end to other end of necklace. Atach a lobster clasp to one side and piece of chain to the other.
  7. Add jump ring of tassel to bottom loop of 24 mm bead to finish necklace.
Feb 062015
 

friday findings-tassel focal

Here’s a quick and fun way to use bits of chain to create jewelry tassels that can be used as accents or focal points. You can make them as big or small as you like, use all the same chain or a mixture of chains. Adding beads, pearls, crystals or charms to the ends will only serve to add to the interest.

This Nancy Tobey focal bead has been in my stash for a while and I thought it could use something dangling below it as an accent. All it needs to be a necklace is a bit of cord to string it on.  Slightly smaller tassels would make great earrings.

We’d love to see your projects based on this tutorial at my Facebook page in the “Your Creations” album.

Enjoy the video. Happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Tassel Focals Video Tutorial over at YouTube.