How to stick a tassel into an end cap – jewellery making for beginners
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Designed by: Monika Wojdyla
When you want to start your handicrafts adventure it may seem rather complicated. You look at handmade things in various groups, you hanker after them and you think you will never be able to learn how to make them. Take it easy, we will learn everything together step by step. Today, we’ll make simple yet glamorous earrings together.
Before you start making fancy jewellery you may think about the following things:
How to stick a tassel into an end cap?
How to attach earring wires?
How to open jump rings and attach various elements?
For beginners these things don’t need to be as obvious as for those who have made jewellery for some time. To be honest, I had problems with stretch bracelets and I looked for some advice on the Internet. I’m so glad that Beads Direct shares these tutorials. So, we decided to show you basic things on jewellery making to make it easier for you to begin. Today, we’ll make simple tassel earrings and we’ll learn how to stick a tassel into an end cap. Let’s begin!
Supplies used in this project:
- Tassels – here: 10mm amaranthine. You may choose thinner ones, e.g. 7mm
- End caps – here: 9x13mm (8.5 mm hole) or a bit bigger with a hole of 9mm
- Open jump rings – here: 5mm of 0.9mm wire
- Open earring wires with a spring
- Dual-component glue Poxipol, transparent. You may also use Hasulith. I don’t recommend rypid-drying glue
- Decorative Connector
- Chain nose and flat nose pliers. You don’t need to have exactly these ones, but they are perfect for opening jump rings.
- Any worn tray, piece of foil or carton and a toothpick to mix the glue
Do you have everything prepared? So let’s begin!
Mix two parts of glue (each smaller than a pea) together, enough to be put inside the end cap. Take some glue on the toothpick and paste in the end cap inside. Don’t put too much glue on – it may come out as you put the tassel inside. Put a thin layer of glue on the walls and the bottom of the end cap. Put the tassels into the cap. Wait for it to dry.
Now you know how to stick a tassel into an end cap. Now, we’ll work with the connector and the jump rings.
Remember, NEVER pull the jump ring while opening it – use a twisting motion instead, as you can see in the pictures (marked with arrows). Use two pairs of pliers. As you have a jump ring opened, attach the tassel with an end cap and…
… the connector. Now you may close the jump ring.
We need to attach the earring wires. Open the loop of the earring wire to attach the connector. Use the chain nose pliers. Close the loop with the pliers. If it’s impossible to open a loop of your earring wires, you may attach a jump ring to the loop.
Now we’ve got beautiful, fashionable, handmade earrings. We may be proud of ourselves!
If you chose smaller tassels with a 7mm head, you may want to use and end cap with 6mm hole (or 7mm). It’s perfect for them. Just a useful tip to make looking for supplies easier.
I recommend to stitch a beaded band around tassels with a wide braid (e.g. ombré tassels) following one of the tutorials. The braid is wide and it comes out of the end which not everyone likes.
Now you know how to stick a tassel into an end cap so don’t forget to show your work on our Facebook group.
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