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Boho Tassel Necklace

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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.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 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

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.

See Tip: Wire Wrap a Bead Link

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.

See Tip: Wire Wrap a Bead Link

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.

See Tip: Wire Wrap a Charm

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.

See Tip: D.I.Y. Tassels

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.

See Tip: Wire Wrap a Bead Link

See Tip: Wire Wrap a Charm

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.

See Tip: Wire Wrap a Charm

Step 8

Your focal grouping should resemble something like this :-)

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