DIY: Tassel Necklace

Tassels are on trend this year.  I love to make jewelry that incorporates the current trends but also stays true to my style.  Here are three ways of creating a tassel necklace.  Remember, you can get creative by using materials such as leather, rafia, or even beaded strands as your tassel.  Make it unique.  Make it yours! 

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Pink Ombré Tassel Necklace  

 Materials: gold chain, small gold jump rings, clasp, gold wire/eye pin, wood bead, pink embroidery thread

Materials: gold chain, small gold jump rings, clasp, gold wire/eye pin, wood bead, pink embroidery thread

I began by taking the embroidery thread and cooking it around three fingers, leaving one end loose.   thickness and length of tassel can be varied upon your preference. 

Once I achieved the desired amount of thread in my tassel, I took the free and and wrapped it tightly around the top of the bundle of thread, creating a loop at the top. 

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I cut open the bottom of the loop and trimmed the ends to create my first tassel.  I then took a small jump ring, opened it and inserted it through the top of the tassel loop.

         I repeated these first few steps to create two other pink tassels in varying shades.

  

I repeated these first few steps to create two other pink tassels in varying shades.

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Then I took an eye pin (you can use a piece of wire if you don't have a pre-made eye pin) and linked the bottom through the jump rings at the top of each tassel.  

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I closed the wire into a small loop in order to secure the tassels. 

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Added my wooden bead... 

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And the took my pliers to create a loop out of the top of the wire. 

Once I created a wire loop above the bead, I added a jump ring to that loop. 

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Then I connected the whole pendant to the middle of my chain by linking the jump ring through the chain link.  

Lastly, using my pliers, I added a clasp and another jump ring as my closure. 

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Here's the finished product! 

 

Silver Rhinestone Glam Necklace

 Materials: silver chain, rhinestone chain, silver jump rings and clasp, silver clamp bail. 

Materials: silver chain, rhinestone chain, silver jump rings and clasp, silver clamp bail. 

I started off by cutting my rhinestone chain using wire cutters, into various lengths to form the pieces of my tassel.   

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I then placed the ends of each strand in the silver clamp bail and used pliers to close the clamp, securing the chain inside.  I added a silver jump ring to the top of the clamp bail and attached it to the center point of my plain silver chain. 

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Using my pliers, I added a silver clasp and jump ring for my closure.  

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The finished glam tassel!

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My last version utilizes pre-made tassels that I bought ready to attach.  I used the same chain as necklace number one, but added a gold center piece instead of a wood bead for a more sophisticated look.  

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