Chain Tassel Tutorial

Chain Tassel Tutorial

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Whether you’re looking to make an awesome pair of earrings like the one shown above, or to add a cool tassel to a necklace or mala, chain tassels are a MUST right now.  Unfortunately, they can be a little hard to find and a bit spendy when you do find them.  No worries!  You can easily make your own!!

For each tassel, you will need:

3 feet of fine open link chain (we used silver plated chain)

1 cone (we used TierraCast silver plated cones)

4 inches of 24 gauge craft wire (we used silver tone)

Round nose pliers

Needle nose pliers

Wire cutters

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About 1 1/2 inches from one end of the 24 gauge wire, form a loop with your round nose pliers.  Make sure the loop will easily fit inside the cone you are using.

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Cut your chain into 2 1/2 inch pieces (or the length of your choice).  You should have about 14 pieces.

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String the last loop of one piece of chain onto the looped wire, making sure the chain is INSIDE the loop and can swing freely.

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String the remaining pieces of chain onto the looped wire in the same manner.  The loop will be very full of chain.

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Wrap the short end of the looped wire around the long wire at least 2 times.  This secures the loop.

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Carefully trim away any excess wire.  Make sure you ONLY cut the SHORT wire.  You’re going to need the long end of the wire!

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Slide the cone onto the remaining wire.

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The cone should cover the loop completely.  Ideally, the chains should fill the cone.

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Using your round nose pliers, form a loop.  Make sure you create a loop size that will work for your project.  For example, if you are going to use your tassel on a necklace, make sure it will fit over the chain or leather you’ll be using.

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Wrap the loop closed to secure the tassel.  Then cut off any excess wire.

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Your finished tassel will look like this!  Now, you can add it to the project of your choice!  Have fun!!

Happy Beading!

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