Tassels are all the rage in jewelry making right now. Don’t believe me? Check out all these beautiful designs I found on Etsy. You can buy tassels ready-made or make your own out of leather, suede or chain using the instructions below. Dangle them from ear wires, make them into a cool, long necklace or hang them from chain for a funky and fun bracelet!
Make Your Own Tassels with Chain
Tough Tassels Earring Project
- Cut a 3 inch piece of silver, 20 gauge Artistic Wire.
- Using the widest part of your round nose pliers, make a large loop at the end of the wire.
- Cut 4 pieces of chain in the following lengths: 1 inch, 1.25 inch, one just a hair over 1.5 inch and one just a hair under 1.5 inch.
- Open the loop you created in step 2. Hang all four chain lengths from it and then gently close the loop using your chain nose pliers.
- Place the bead cap on the headpin. Use the smallest part of your round nose pliers to make a loop above it and wrap the wire around itself a few times. Trim the excess wire with your nipper tool.
- Use your chain nose pliers to open the eye of your earring finding. Hang your tassel from it, gently close it and you’re done. Repeat for a second earring.
- Silver Plated Oval Chain By The Foot, 3x6mm (1 foot)
- Artistic Wire, 20 Gauge, Non-tarnish Silver Plate, 25 Feet (8 inches) – 18 Gauge will work fine as well if that is what you have on hand
- Tierracast Bright Rhodium Hammered Bead Cone, 9x13mm (2 pieces)
- Sterling Silver French Wires, Pair (1 pair)
- Chain Nose Jewelry Pliers
- Classic Nipper Tool
Make your own Tassels with Suede or Leather
Auntie’s Beads owner, Susie, made her own tassel by wrapping together some leather with Artistic Wire, placing them in a bead cap and flattening the bead cap. It was the inspiration for Karla’s project, The Leather and Chain Tassel Bracelet.
Don’t have time to make your own tassels? Buy them!
Just place a focal bead on an eye pin and attach it to an earwire. Dangle your tassel from the eyepin and you are all set! Click the photo above for more detailed instructions for how to make these earrings.
Have you designed with tassels yet? What have you made? As always, we would love to have your feedback!