September 23, 2014

How to Make a Chain Tassel

Happy how-to Tuesday! Before sharing this week's tutorial, I wanted to share how to make a chain tassel. While chain tassels are available ready-made, by making your own you can customize the size, chain, and color of metal to your liking (the supply links below work to make a tassel about 1 1/2 inches long). This technique works not only for the project I'll share soon, but can be used for tassel earrings, a tassel pendant, or even a decorative tassel for a bracelet.

Tools and materials:
Wire clippers and jewelry pliers
End caps
Chain (how much will depend on the size of your tassel. I used 9 inches per tassel)
Eye pins
(Clasp and jump rings for Thursday's tutorial!)

Cut your chain into small sections. I used 6 pieces, 1 1/2 inches each.

Open the end of the eye pin, add the chains to the loop, and close. Tip: If the loop is too small for your chain, you can use a jump ring to attach the chains to the loop instead.

Slide the pin through an end cap. Grip the wire as close to the base as you can with pliers, then bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.

Trim the wire down to about 1 cm and bend into a loop with round nose pliers.

Voila! Tune back in Thursday to see what I made with these tassels!


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