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How to make a leather tassel necklace - Jewellery tutorial

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How to make a leather tassel necklace - Jewellery tutorial

Designed by: Melanie Bryan

Difficulty: Beginner


Have a go at creating this beautiful leather tassel necklace designed by Melanie Bryan.

I was inspired by texture; the soft woolly texture of the pom-pom pendants, silky flowers and the engraving on the metal feathers. Combined with knotted leather cord and cool-to-the-touch metal spacer balls they make a pleasing to fiddle with piece. It's also easy to put on with no fastenings- quick to slip over your head and go.
I've always loved being creative. From being taught to bead using wire as a small child to knitting and sewing as a teenager. I 'found' jewellery making about 3 years ago whilst trying to find suitable jewellery for my wedding and haven't stopped making since. 

Are you ready? Let's start beading!


Leather cord - I used 1mm leather in three different colours, natural, cream and caramel

Flower Pendant - 23mm satin light brown flower charm

Pom poms - 15mm cream pom pom

Seamless round beads - 5mm surgical steel silver beads

Feather pendants - I used gold and silver 24mm feather charms

Step 1

Top Tips - Firstly, decide on how long you want your finished necklace to be, including the tassel. Then add 30cm to allow for tying knots. Cut your total length of leather cords.

Remember – you need to be able to put this necklace on over your head as there are no fastenings.

If you’re after a really long line necklace use the whole 2m!

I used three different tones of leather in this necklace.

Step 2

Lay the cords out together and tie an overhand knot at the point where it will sit on your collar bone  with an even amount on both sides– you don’t want knots at the back of your neck as they can be uncomfortable.

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Step 3

Work down each side of your cords adding beads and tying knots. I used the steel balls over two cords in between each knot, alternating which cords I threaded the balls onto.

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Step 4

Continue until you reach the point where you want the tassels to begin and tie all your cords together with an overhand knot.

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Step 5

For each tassel add three balls to the cord then your charm or charms. Tie two overhand knots.

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Step 6

Then pass the end of the cord back through the balls and cut of any excess cord ends.

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Step 7

Repeat this for each tassel, varying the lengths to suit your design.

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The finished necklace.

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