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Rainbow Serenity Necklace

About this design:

I just love these tassel caps! The loops around the bottom make it so easy to make a cool tassel for any project. I chose to funk up my tassel a little ;) using random scraps of ribbon, some chain and other odds and ends I came across.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut several lengths of your chosen styles of chain, trying to keep the lengths consistent.
Step 2:
Attach charms to ends of chain using a small jump ring. I chose to add 2 tiny charms on the end of each length. Adding charms will help keep your chain taut.
Step 3:
Using the same small jump rings, attach your chains to the tassel cap. Try to space somewhat equally around the cap, leaving room for your ribbons and strings.
Step 4:
Gather all your bits of random ribbons. I never throw my unused pieces away, I save all of those scraps in a jar together for fun projects like this.
Step 5:
Once you have all of your chains attached, begin filling in the remaining open loops with your ribbons and strings. Adding knots as well as charms and beads can additional interest and texture.
Step 6:
This is what a completed tassel can look like :)
Step 7:
Tie a 12" length silk string or leather cord to the tassel cap top loop by doubling over your string and tying an overhand knot.
Step 8:
String on a decorative metal bead, approx 10mm, then a large faceted wood bead. Secure in place by knotting a couple more times, then string on some African glass rings.
Step 9:
Since my necklace is made to slip over my head, I don't need a clasp. This allows me to attach the silk string to the 2 ends of chain. You can do this by stringing the silk through the chain links and tying several overhand knots.

Buy Products from this Design

Antique Silver (plated) Etched Cable Chain

Measurements: 2mm links

per foot: $1.90
Antique Silver (plated) Long Etched Oval Cable Chain

Measurements: 10x5mm links

per foot: $1.90

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  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fantastic!! I love the rainbow of colors and the funk is delicious! :) You also used my favorite chain. :) I will have to try this!

  2. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    This is so cool! I second Becky!

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Love those new tassel caps! I was wondering how to use them. Now I know. Cool use.

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    Moogie says:

    So glad you’re back, Ali! I came in just about the time you took a break from the design gallery. This is a really cute idea for those tassel caps, which I love. And the wood beads are cool too.

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    I’m so glad too to see you back,it has been a long time that you posted something Ali, love this boho tribal look :D

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    How fun is this! I really like the burst of color and the miscellaneous goodies you incorporated into the tassel. Love your style. Can’t wait to try the doomed tassel caps! :)

  7. White Pineapple Art
    White Pineapple Art says:

    So funky, so fresh! I love the whimsy.

  8. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love it!

  9. J Lawson
    J Lawson says:

    I had missed you too Ali!

  10. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Thank you so much! Terrific design!

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