Hello, everyone! I'm so excited for today's post because it's the first jewelry tutorial that I'm sharing on my blog!!!! Is anyone else excited? I hope so because you're in for a treat :) I'm going to show you how to make a tassel. Tassels are very in style right now, so I was actually making a necklace that had a tassel and thought that it'd be good for two different posts--this one and another on an Anthropologie-inspired necklace. I know this may be a little advanced for beginners out there, but I do plan on making some jewelry basics tutorials as well! Let's get started with the tassel making!
As you can see from the photo above, the supplies you need are:
Hold the piece of thread at the bottom of the back side of the cardboard and wind the thread total of 60 times. I had a bigger bead cap, so I needed that much thread. Make sure you know the size of your bead cap and remember that the finished tassel will be half the length of the cardboard. I like using the cardboard because it makes it easier to wrap the thread around, and you won't get really different lengths of loops.
As you can see from the image above, I slid the wrapped thread off of the cardboard. You have to do this or the middle string won't make your tassel. I was having a brain fart and tried to put the middle thread through one side while the thread was still on the cardboard! In my defense, I was multitasking! Now, you will want to cut this piece to be about 5-6 inches long or whatever length makes you feel like you have enough thread to double knot around the wrapped thread and have extra length left.
Here, I'm just making sure that I have the middle thread placed right in the middle of the loops.
I'm tying the knot for the middle thread on the tassel. Make sure it's TIGHT or the loops will move easily back and forth through the knot! Also, make sure you don't trim those ends yet.
With a good grip at the center point of your tassel, insert your scissors at the end of one loop and cut. Do the same to the other side. Note: Make sure the scissors are really sharp or else it's going to feel like you're having to saw through the thing ;)
I've now attached the small jump ring with a double knot. At this point, I like to add a dab of glue to the thread tied around the jump ring. I usually use E6000 because once it sticks, it stays. Technically, you'd be done at this point since you would usually use an eye pin to put the tassel into the bead cap.
This is where I diverge from the "normal" way of working with tassels. I'm using the 7-strand bead stringing wire and running it through the jump ring. As for the length of the stringing wire, make it about the length your necklace is going to be when stretched out end-to-end. For the necklace I'm making, I needed 24 inches . Run it through with equal amounts of wire on both sides.
Now for the bead cap. Run the wires through the hole in the top of the bead cap. You may have to adjust it to where the cap can come down over the tassel without the edges opening. Each section of this bead cap opens, so that helped with adjusting it. With the wires sticking out, I can have the look of the beads going straight to the bead cap (kind of like a mala and the guru bead).
One of the finishing steps is trimming the longer edges. After that seal the ends or the thread will unravel, and you definitely don't want that! Use a lighter (because it lasts longer than a match and has no odor) and quickly pass the lighter over the end of each thread. I literally do this one thread at a time because otherwise you'll get a clump of threads sealed together (it "melts") or you'll catch the whole thing on fire and have to start over.
We've got a finished tassel!! I'm sure some of you are wondering if you could use regular DMC thread. It doesn't work very well. I tried it, and the result I got wasn't pleasing. The nylon thread lets the tassel have movement that it needs to look authentic.
Feel free to comment and ask questions, share, and pin! There aren't many tutorials like this out there. Also, stay tuned for the Anthropologie-inspired necklace tutorial that will be out soon!
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.