DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

12.18.2013

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel NecklaceAnthropologie, season after season, comes up with the most fabulous items in their stores – and so many of them look homemade and crafty: the perfect fodder for DIY. DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel NecklaceI noticed this beaded ladder tassel necklace during early Fall (part of Anthro’s Bijouterie necklace collection), and after clipping the photo and hunting for supplies, I finally sat down and made a DIY version. It was a bit fiddly, but incredibly rewarding to find the finished necklace looked just as amazing as the original in the catalog. (And at an $8 investment, pretty affordable too!) Here’s how to make your own:

You Need:

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

seed beads in opaque black and white  /  gold eyepins  /  round-nose pliers  /  wire-cutting pliers  /  gold jump rings in small and large sizes  /  wide gold or decorative jump rings  /  small gold s-hooks (can make these from jewelry wire)  /  gold lobster clasp  /  black embroidery thread  /  scissors  /  gold chain  /  measuring tape  /  jump ring tool  /  small piece of cardboard (not pictured)

How To:

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

1. Start threading 10 black seed beads onto each of two eyepins. Bend the eyepins at a 90-degree angle close to the beads.

2. Cut the pins, leaving about 1/4″.

3. Twist the end around a pair of round-nose pliers to make a loop.

4. Join the two eyepins with a small jump ring in the middle.

5. Repeat Steps 1) – 4) for another two eyepins and beads. Join the two jump rings in the center with yet another jump ring in-between, to create a ladder.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

6. Keep creating pins with beads on them and joining them together.

Just for reference: These are the steps of the ladder above. Carefully count each bead, noticing that they increase in number as they go down, and the white beads form triangles within the black beads.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

7. Pry the end of the top eyepin open, and thread into the bottom of a piece of chain, closing the eyepin loop again with the pliers.

8. Skip a few links in the chain (whatever is necessary to allow the eyepins to lie flat), and connect the next rung of the ladder in the same way.

9. Continue connecting the ends of the eyepins down the chain. I found it was easier to actually make the eyepin ladder as I went, and connect each eyepin I added in the center to the chain.

10. When you have connected all the eyepins to the chain on one side, cut the chain.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

11. Repeat for the other side of your ladder, connecting the eyepins to a piece of chain, and trim.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

12. Connect the wider or more decorative jump rings with S-hooks.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

13. Connect the top edges of the seed bead ladder to the larger jump rings.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

14. Space out your necklace pieces. You can see how long my necklace is and where the elements are in the photo.

15. Cut pieces of chain to fit in-between the elements.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

16. Attach everything together.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

17. Make the tassels: Cut a square of cardboard, and fold over.

18. Place a long piece of embroidery thread inside the cardboard (the open end is pointing to the top).

19. Wind the thread around the cardboard many times.

20. Slide the loop of thread off the cardboard, keeping your finger in the center.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

21. Replace your finger with a jumpring, and cut the bottom of the loop to free up the threads.

22. Take the piece of thread that was in the center of the looped thread, and wind it around the bundle.

23. Tie the ends of that thread together.

24. Continuously loop the thread around to make a tassel, knot again, and trim the ends.DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

25. Re-cut the bottom of the tassel (if necessary) to smooth it out.

26. Use your fingers to fluff it out a bit.

27. Attach the tassel’s jump ring to the bottom of the ladder part of the necklace.DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

28. Make 6 more tassels and attach them to various parts of the necklace.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

29. Cut the chain at the center top and add a lobster clasp and jump ring closure.

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

And you are done!

DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel NecklaceFiddly, yes…but an extraordinary and beautiful result. Anyone would love to receive this as a thoughtful gift – and you can totally customize the color, style, and size of your tassels, as well as the color and pattern of your seed beads. Boho chic at its best!DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

Happy DIY’ing!

xo
Carly




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4 Comments on DIY Anthropologie Beaded Tassel Necklace

    • carlyjcais
      8.14.2014 at 9:49 am (1 month ago)

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! What a great group of projects! I am in amazing company :-)

      Reply

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