How to make filigree tassel earrings - Tassel Tutorial
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Designed by: Belinda Graham
This tutorial created by Belinda Graham will show you how to create these stunning filigree tassel earrings.
- Stiff cardboard
- Sewing needle
- Chain nose pliers
- Fevi Kwik Glue
- Rose Gold Jump Rings 4mm
Begin by making the tassels. Cut a piece of stiff cardboard 6cm wide. Begin to wind your thread around the cardboard, leaving a small amount hanging off the edge.
Continue wrapping the thread approximately 150 times. Cut the thread so that a small amount of excess hangs down with the original starting thread
Thread a sewing needle and double up the thread (you do not need to tie a knot). The length of doubled thread needs to be about 1 metre. Slide the ends of this loose thread under the middle section of the wrapped thread, and tie a triple knot. You want to have about 10cm of thread hanging from the knot.
Turn the cardboard over and cut through the wrapped threads in the middle of the cardboard.
You can now open up the tassel. There will be some longer threads which we will neaten up later.
Now for a neat trick to attach a jump ring. Open up a 4mm jump ring using chain nose pliers. Hold the tassel in one hand and begin to wrap the thread coming from the needle around the knotted middle about 3 or 4 times. (You don’t need to pick up the needle. Leave it on the table and just use the thread closest to the knotted middle). Place the opened jump ring, with the opening facing up, on top of the wrapping. You may need to hold it in place with a fingertip initially. Continue wrapping the thread over the jump ring 15 times until it’s nice and secure
Close the jump ring. Fold the tassel with the jump ring facing up, and smooth the threads. You will now continue wrapping with the thread from the needle, but this time to bind the two halves of the tassel together. This will be neater if you tuck the thread you’re wrapping with through the underside one more time before squeezing the halves together, and then wrapping around the halves.
Continue wrapping the top of the tassel until you have about 20cm of thread left before the needle.
Now pick up the needle and thread it through the middle of the wrapped top. Don’t pull the thread all the way through but leave a small loop. Turn the needle around and go back through the tassel, threading the needle through the loop before you pull the thread tight.
Repeat this a few times to secure the tassel. Before you run out of thread, push the needle down into the middle of the tassel, angling it to the bottom, and pull it through. Any remaining thread becomes part of the tassel. Cut off the needle.
Repeat steps 1-10 again so that you have two tassels. If the threads have become rumpled, you can hold them in the steam from a kettle to smooth them out. Use scissors to neatly trim the ends of the tassels so they are the same length and there a no uneven threads. The finished tassels will be about 6cm in length.
Use Fevi kwik to glue the Swarovski crystals to the inside bezel of the filigree flowers. (Don’t squeeze the tube, but use gravity to drop a very small amount into the bezel. If too much does come out and glue comes up over the crystals, use nail polish remover and cotton tip to remove later.)
Use the jump ring on the tassels to attach the filigree flowers.
Use the hoop on the back of the earrings to attach the filigree flowers opposite the tassels.
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