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