Monday, March 5, 2018

Tassel Time!!

When life hand you lemons, make lemonade!  I had made a couple of new necklaces last month to submit for a section in a beading magazine.  Sadly, neither option was accepted, but the upside of that is now I can share them with you instead of keeping them under wraps for 6 months!

The theme for the section was tassels... tassels of all kinds were welcomed... chain, leather, ribbon, etc.  For both of my creations, I chose chain.  I really have been enjoying making chain tassels of all kinds for a while now, so I took this opportunity to explore that idea a little more.

My first necklace is a variation on the piece I made for my big sister for Christmas last year.  For this new version I used an adorable almond shaped bead by Golem Design Studio with red tulips and little blue flowers against a pale blue background.  I used lengths of leafy chain and what I refer to as a lily of the valley bead cap to make the tassel base and then added in lots of tiny Czech glass and crystal dangles.  To keep the chain from being boring, I made links with some Czech glass in coordinating colors.  This will be heading to Unearthed Arts soon to hopefully find a happy home.

In case you missed it on Instagram, here's my sisters set... done in Auburn colors of course!

My second necklace features one of my coveted polymer clay creations by the talented Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  This focal bead was for the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge from April 2015 when the inspiration artwork was a self portrait by Frida Kahlo.  So much lush detail in this little masterpiece!  While the tassel itself is just two types of plain brass chain, I had fun layering a variety of bead caps and a large Czech glass flower on top.  The body of the necklace features a variety of Czech glass beads in soft pastels to match the focal.

What are your thoughts on the tassel trend?  Any favorite materials for tassels to make and/or wear?


  1. Those tassels are fantastic and a great detail in the necklace designs! All three are my favorites :) I love the stacked bead caps in the last one!

  2. What wonderful ways to do a tassel! I've been stuck on tassels lately myself. I adore the additions in the chain on the first necklace and the stacked bead caps in the second are so fab! As for the Auburn necklace...I'm an Alabama fan, but without knowing it's Auburn-themed, it's lovely! ;)

  3. I love your tassels! Especially the ones with the leafy chain and colors that look so lovely with your focal beads. I'm a fan of tassels. When I wear my tassel necklaces, I run my hands over the tassels when I am working or sitting in meetings. It's like meditating when I have to be doing something else.

  4. Ooh, I love the tassels with beads and charms and whatnot. You've given me some inspiration!