Monday, August 18, 2014

Tassel Necklace & How to...

So there I was walking through Joann's on a mission to find some fabric for my 1st tassel project, When I spotted some pink neon beads I just couldn't resist! I just knew I had to make something with them! 
So I deiced to make a tassel necklace. It was seriously fun and just what I needed to wind down after the babes were in bed! 
 I love how it turned out and it's so much fun to wear! I mean, is it the most amazing necklace you have ever seen? No... probably not! But it it makes me happy! It felt so good to feel inspired to create & it was really fun to make!
Shirt: Walmart, Skirt: Anthropologie, Shoes: Topshop
 Now for the "How to..." 

What you'll need
a crimp necklace clasp set. 
beading wire
round nose pliers 
embroidery thread
1. Just go to the beading isle and see what catches your eye. Pick anywhere from 1-3 colors that compliment each other. Also pick between 1-3 different sizes.  If you are anything like me, it's easy to get carried away and pick out too many beads. Try to keep it simple! I went with 2 colors, neon pink and neon yellow and in 2 different sizes. Then a 3rd bead for the center in fuchsia and with some beaded detail. I also chose to go with silver beads as dividers and with a silver clasp. 
2. Measure out how long you want your necklace to be and add 4 inches on to it for tying purposes. You can always trim it later. I cut mine about 26 inches long.
3. Take your embroidery thread and make your tassel using my tutorial. 
4. Now the fun part. Start beading. You can lay out a pattern you like and then string them or just figure it out as you go. I did a little of both. It looks best if you do the small beads 1st and medium sized beads next, and then the largest to lay in the very middle of the necklace.
5. Make 1/2 of the necklace and then string on your tassel. I strung my tassel into a bead to hide the tie. Now bead the same pattern backwards onto your beading wire so that both sides of the necklace look exactly the same. 
6. Finally, tie your wire to the crimp clasp on each side and using the pliers smash the crimp flat so it holds the wire in place. Trim any excess wire. 
7. Pick out a cute outfit to wear it with!

The cost for all of the supplies was about $12. But if you are not the crafty type... there are some really cute ones out there right now. In fact...this anthropologie tassel necklace is on sale at the moment. It's usualy $48 and is on sale for $14.95.  Hooray!

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