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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

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

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:


  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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  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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