Style a tassel necklace

Lush tassel shows off boho glam look

I love classic twists on jewelry from different eras and cultures. This piece is a fusion of Art Deco and my love of Persian culture. Pair gorgeous gemstones with crystal accents, or choose pearls and metal beads — either way shows off the best of boho glam!


Necklace 30–34 in. (76–86 cm)

  • 28 mm tassel crown with interior loops
  • 16 mm focal bead
  • 6 10–16 mm accent beads
  • 43–49 8 mm round beads
  • 240 4 mm round beads
  • 16 3 mm round beads or crystals
  • 10–12 mm charm (optional)
  • 2 7 mm bead caps or spacers
  • 2 4 mm spacers
  • 5 ft. (1.53 m) #4 silk cord on card with attached needle
  • 50–58 in. (1.27–1.48 cm) 18- or 20-gauge wire
  • 2–3 6 mm jump rings
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Tassel crowns from Turkish Eye Supply, Blue necklace: Larimar beads from Fall in Love Gems, Black necklace supplies from Eclectica, 262.641.0910,


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1. To make a tassel: Stretch the silk cord before you begin: If possible, hang it with a weight overnight, or pull sections of the cord firmly between your hands along the entire length. On the end of the cord without the needle, tie an overhand knot. Tie a second overhand knot over the first. Apply a drop of glue to the knot and allow to dry. Trim the excess cord.

2. String a 4 mm round, a 3 mm round, and 14 4 mm rounds. String up through a loop of a tassel crown. Go down through the adjacent loop, bending the needle and using chainnose pliers to pull it through if necessary. String 14 4 mms, a 3 mm, and a 4 mm. Make sure the beads are snug to the crown. Tie a knot on the end and apply glue. Allow to dry and trim the excess cord.  


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3. Repeat step 2 seven times, knotting and gluing each end and stringing through adjacent loops as you go. Avoid tangling the beaded strands with the cord as you string.

4. To make connectors: Cut a 1 1⁄8-in. (2.9 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make a plain loop. String an 8 mm bead. Make a plain loop. Make 43 to 49 8 mm connectors. Cut six wires 1 in. (2.5 cm) longer than the accent beads. Make a plain loop. String an accent bead and make a plain loop. Make six accent-bead connectors.


Guide-bead tips: Two tips will help ensure you get consistent, even loops when making a long wired-bead chain: First, mark your roundnose pliers with a marker at the point on the jaws where you want to make your loops. Second, use a guide bead that’s equal to the length of wire needed to make that size loop (around 3⁄8 in./1 cm).

On one end of your wire, make a plain loop at the marked point on your roundnose pliers. String a bead. String your guide bead and trim any excess wire above the bead. Remove the guide bead and make your second loop.

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5. To make a focal connector: Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop. String: 4 mm spacer, 7 mm bead cap, focal bead, 7 mm bead cap, 4 mm spacer. Make a plain loop.

6. If the tassel crown has an attached bail, remove it. Open a jump ring and attach the tassel and the focal connector. Close the jump ring.


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7. Use a jump ring to attach an 8 mm connector, the focal bead, and an 8 mm connector. To each 8 mm connector, attach three more connectors and an accent-bead connector.

8. On each end, attach four 8 mm connectors and an accent-bead connector. Repeat. Attach the remaining 8 mm connectors until the necklace is the desired length, making sure it will fit over your head. Attach the end loops to each other. Attach a charm to a loop at the back of the necklace if desired.    

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