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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

Boho Tassel Necklace

About this design:

I have been seeing tassels everywhere and decided that I needed to make my own and put it in a long, simple necklace. Making your own bead chain gives the necklace a little something extra. I love this color combination because it maintains my love for earthy watery hues.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 18 2.5" cuts of 22gauge wire
  • 3 3" cuts of 22gauge wire
  • 7 headpins
  • 2' chain
  • 1 42" 2mm silk string
  • 18" of 2 different 3mm leather lace colors/styles
  • 2' 1' of knotted hand dyed silk ribbon w/natural edge 1"
  • 1' of hand dyed silk ribbon w/natural edge 1"
  • 20 Czech glass 5mm faceted rondelles
  • 2 Czech glass leaves
  • 1 Painting With Fire enameled bead
  • 1 tagua tube
  • 2 Czech glass rectangle 12x8mm
  • 1 Czech glass barrel 8x7mm
  • 1 Czech glass groovy rondelle 10x13mm

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Create 9 wire wrapped links using Czech glass 3x5mm faceted rondelles on the right side of your chain. Vary your links by using 1-2 beads per link as well as varying your space from 1-3 double ball links at the front and 4-5 double ball links at the back.
Step 2:
Mark the center of your chain with a scrap of wire. Repeat step 1 for the left side of the chain. You should have a continuous loop of chain when you're done. This necklace should be long enough to go over your head.
It should measure 28". If you want a shorter chain, just reduce the number of bead links.
Step 3:
Remove the scrap of wire marking the center of the chain and tie on a 2mm silk string. Do this by doubling over an 18" length of 2mm silk string over the center of the chain and secure using an overhand knot.
Step 4:
Create 4 charms using the Czech glass groovy rondelle, maple leaf, and barrel, as well as the Painting With Fire enameled Moroccan lantern. Tie the charms out, varying their spacing along the 2 sides of the silk string. Add additional knots in between where the charms are tied on. Make sure to add adhesive to your final knots.
Step 5:
To make your tassel, take your 2' of knotted ribbon and 2 lengths of 3mm leather lace and wrap around your fingers. Wrap the leather 2 to 2.5 times and the ribbon 3 times. String an 8" length of 2mm silk string through the top of the tassel loop to secure. Take your 1' length of ribbon and wrap around the top of the tassel, once knotted/secured tie a couple knots into each end so that it fits in with the rest of the tassel.
Cut the bottom of ribbon and leather loops to complete your tassel.
Step 6:
To create this focal grouping in you necklace, string the 8" piece of silk string on the tassel through the tagua nut tube. Make a wire wrap bead link with a loop on one end large enough for the silk string to slide through a couple times and attach the loop on the other end to a bit of chain. Tie the tagua/tassel to the link using a couple of overhand knots.
Connect a wire wrapped bead charm and wire wrapped bead link using 2 Czech glass rectangles. Join the top of the chain from the tassel side of the focal and the Czech glass rectangles using another wire wrapped bead link. Attach the top of the link over the chain. Make that loop large enough for the focal grouping to slide.
Step 7:
Add a couple charms using 3 and 4 Czech glass 3x5mm faceted rondelles, matching the ones used in the chain. Make the loops large enough for the charms to slide.
Step 8:
Your focal grouping should resemble something like this :-)

Buy Products from this Design

Smoke Silk String 2mm
42" length: $2.20
Quarry Silk String 2mm
42" length: $2.20
Stone Silk String 2mm
42" length: $2.20

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    Simply LOVE this Ali. Looks easy to make.

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Another simple but stunning piece Ali!! I just love it!!

  3. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Another unique work of art. Love love love the green rondelles.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    So cool!!

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  6. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Awesome, Ali :)

  7. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your summer. I know that I always feel more creative when the weather is nice :-)

  8. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Super cool! I like the mix of leather lace and silk ribbon in the tassel.

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    It is fantastic :D

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    Myrna g says:


  11. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    Love ….love….love!

  12. Alma O
    Alma O says:

    Love,love it!! Will make it soon. Love the casual beauty!,

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