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Perched Bird Tassel Necklace

About this design:

Tassels are everywhere right now, why not dress one up and perch a bird on top? My inspiration for materials and colors comes from the festive sparkles, twinkling lights, snow, holly & tinsel.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Arrange ribbons and string for the tassel.
Step 2:
String the tassel ribbons through a large jump ring until the ring is at the center.
Step 3:
Add chain to the ribbons by securing lengths of chain to oval jump rings.
Step 4:
Secure all the tassel materials together by binding with hemp or another cord.
Step 5:
Wrap over the cord using Wooly Wire to form the top of the tassel.
Step 6:
Form a wire wrapped loop using the Wooly Wire, attaching to the large jump ring at the top of the tassel. String a large hollow lampwork glass rondelle onto the Wooly Wire.
TIP: If you put Hypo Cement along the end of the Wooly Wire (1/4"), you can better manage stringing beads onto it.
Step 7:
Wrap a 6" length of ribbon around the Wooly Wire above the lampwork rondelle. This will act as a buffer between glass beads.
Step 8:
Once the ribbon is secure, string on the extra large red lampwork bead.
Step 9:
Following the extra large red lampwork bead, string on 3 large jump rings then the ceramic bird bead before finishing off the wire wrapped link by forming a large loop at the top.
Step 10:
Now comes the fun part :) You have a choice to create your own chain using different bead materials like Czech glass and Raku, or just use chain or leather or ribbon. I chose to finish the necklace by making a semi-homemade chain. I created several bead link chains and fit them into an already created chain by opening the chain links.

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  1. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    I’m not a huge fan of tassel necklaces but I LOVE this one! Thanks for the great tutorial and inspiration!

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this, so boho, so you Ali :D

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    Moogie says:

    Glad I came across this! I’m making a lariat necklace & want to have tassel ends. This gave me some great ideas☺️

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    T Weinstein says:

    Hi,
    I’d like to make the earrings with the birds on twigs. However, there are no birds for sale? Can you help?
    Thanks.
    Terri

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