Tuesday, May 21, 2013

An Elegant Chain Tassel - super simple, no tools needed!

Hello, hello!  Something small today, but I think you guys are gonna love it.  Here's a really easy way to make a glamorous little chain tassel. 




The beauty part: no tools needed!  Ready?  Here goes.



Start with a piece of chain, plus some cord or string. 




How much chain, you ask?  Any length will work, but I suggest a minimum of 12 inches.  The longer the chain, the fuller the tassel.

Lay the chain out on a flat surface.  With your fingers, arrange it in approximately equal zig-zags, like so:



Thread the cord through individual links at the tops of the zig-zags.  You don't have to be exact about it (unless you want to).  I like an irregular tassel, myself.



Once you have all the zigzags on your cord, gather them up in the center.





You can use any size chain - even big chunky links!



 String a bead over the cord ends, and cinch it down onto the gathered chain...



Guess what?  That's a tassel, baby!!!




No measuring, no cutting, no tools or jump rings!

To finish up, add a decorative bead and tie the string off in a loop.  You now have a beautiful tassel ornament:



I can think of so many ways to use a cutie like this.  I'm sure you can think of a zillion more.  How about home decor...Christmas ornaments...purse accessories!  Maybe even make an extra-small pair, and turn them into a pair of earrings.

My favorite way to use them: a quick tassel necklace!  Just add a big pendant-sized bead, and tie an overhand knot above:







Annnd BOOM!  It's a necklace!





I love the look of these.  And seriously, could they be any simpler?


It's a great way to use up odd lengths of chain, or turn inexpensive chain into something really swelegant.  (That lavender bead ornament I showed you?  Cheap 'n ugly hardware chain!  The guy at the home improvement store will cut it to any length you ask.)



Hope you liked this tassel tute - I really enjoyed showing you how to do it.  It's one of my sneakiest, most loved little shortcuts.

Thanks so much for coming by!





21 comments:

  1. very nice necklace!!!The green is so fresh!
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/
    hugs

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    1. Thanks so much, BJ! I am going there now!

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  3. Such a neat tip! If it was me I would be measuring and cutting with the pliers! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    Agy
    www.greenissuessingapore.blogspot.com

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  4. You...are a genius!! I am pinning this to my "Genius" board on pinterest!! Even I can handle this tassel making!!

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  5. So that's how they do it! I've been wanting to make a tassel necklace forever, just too lazy to cut all that chain. Now, I'll do it. Thnks for the sneaky short cut!

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  6. Love the horse one, nice technique Michelle.

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    1. "Swelegant"... totally stealing that one from you!!!! Yoink!!!!

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  7. So cute.. Love the idea.. what a beautiful technique of gathering chain :)

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  8. So cute and simple! I love it!
    ~Kelsy
    http://looseendscraftblog.com

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  9. great fast idea for a tassle! thanks

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  10. Love it! You are so cool. Thanks for the links - I am in Central Oklahoma.

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    1. Stay safe, Sharon! You probably know people who have been affected - I hope all your friends and family are well.

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  11. Such a smart little tassel tute! I really like the one with the beads on the ends. So very pretty!

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  12. Very clever - such an easy way to do it...

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  13. Hi, I just found your blog through Creating my way to Success, I love your creations! You are a talented lady!!!! New follower here via GFC and bloglovin. I hope that you will visit my blog, the link is under my signature.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!!
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  14. Easy peasy and so clever and cute too. Thanks for sharing your secret.

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  15. Wow, why didn't I think of that?

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  16. Brilliant! Featuring this when my link party goes up tonight!

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  17. brilliant! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

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