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Clip On Tassel

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This versatile and decorative tassel from The Bead Studio is a wonderful project that can be used in a variety of ways. You can use it as a purse tassel, just clip it to the zipper or metal ring for instant embellishment. You can also use it on a skeleton key, a curtain, blind or fan pull.

Materials:

  • 1 metal clip - if you can't find one at your local bead shop, look at a hardware store, fabric shop, locksmith or shoe repair shop. We are currently trying to locate a source, so check back!
  • 3 yds Mastex cord - this comes in a variety of colors. Choose one that compliments the beads you are using.
  • 1 large focal & 2 small spacers
  • Assorted beads ranging in size from 4-8mm. (I used about 75 beads on my tassel.)
  • Just a few 11/0 seed beads - a dozen minimum, but you probably won't use more than 24, unless you decide to use them as spacers.
  • Lighter or matches for singeing cord

Steps:

  1. Cut the mastex cord in half. With one piece wrap the ring of the clip using repeating half hitch knots. If you have never done this before it is simple: tie the cord to the end of the ring leaving a 3 inch tail, wrap cord once around the ring and bring the end up through the loop, pull tight and repeat. Continue repeating until the loop is covered completely. Add a small bead to each end and tie knot after bead to secure the ends.


     
  2. Cut the remaining cord into 3 equal pieces. Fold in half and bring the loop around the covered ring, pull the 6 ends through the loop, pull tight.


     
  3. Add one large hole spacer, the large hole focal bead, then the other large hole spacer. With all 6 cords tie an overhand knot to secure the beads in place - you may need to use an awl to get the knot close th the bead.



     
  4. Add beads to each of the 6 cords starting with a seed bead and working your way up to the larger beads, end with a seed bead and tie a knot after the last bead. Repeat until all 6 cords are beaded.



     
  5. Trim each of the cords to 1/8", carefully singe ends with flame. If you are not comfortable using a flame, try clear nail polish - just don't use both!


     

 

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