We love this gorgeous necklace. It is casual enough for a beach lifestyle and can be dressed up. It is adjustable and can be made shorter or longer to suit your outfit. When we choose what to make, we need to make sure that it fits our outdoor, beachy lifestyle. And this does. Tassels are gorgeous and there will be more tassel jewellery coming soon. For another jewellery idea check out our rope and pearl necklace tutorial.
This necklace is simple to make and would make a lovely gift for a birthday or Christmas. It is simple to make, partly because it doesn’t use a clasp.
Materials + Tools
1 pair flat-nosed pliers
1 pair round-nosed pliers
1 pair wire cutters
4 eye pins
1.2m silver chain
8 silver filled beads
8 Swarovski diamonte rondelles
1 faceted stone (hole in centre)
3 bone cylinders
Thick cotton embroidery thread
1 jewellery cap
1 small piece of silver wire (or you can cut an eyepin for this)
1. Stack first eyepin. Filler bead, then rondelle, then stone, then rondelle, then filler bead (as in photo below).
2. Cut the eyepin with your wire cutters to a thumb-width above the end of the stack. Use your round-nosed pliers to make a loop on the top. Open the loop and attach the two ends of your chain, then close it. You now have a pendant dangling from the end of your chain.
3. Stack your 3 bone cylinders onto 3 eyepins. First stack the filler bead, then rondelle, then rondelle, then filler bead.
4. Cut the eyepins with your wire cutters to a thumb-width above the end of the stack. Use your round-nosed pliers and make a loop on each. Both ends now have loops.
5. Open a loop on the end of the bone stack and attach it to your chain a small way up from the stone. Close the loop to attach it. Open the chain on the other side and attach it in the same way.
6. Attach all of the bones in the same way, the same distance apart. You may have to play around with the distances until you find one you like. Our bones are placed 5cm apart from each other. The necklace part is now complete.
7. To make the tassel, take the thread and wrap it several time around your fingers.
8. Take a piece of wire and wrap it around the thread, then wrap one end of the wire around the other piece of wire. Using your flat-nosed pliers to do this will make it easier.
9. Push the wire through the cap. Cut in a thumb-width above the cap and make a loop using your round-nosed pliers.
10. Using your flat-nosed pliers, pen the loop on top of the tassel and join it to the loop on the bottom of the gemstone. Close the loop.
11. Hang your completed necklace around your neck and knot the wire chain at the back so that it hangs to the desired length.
A photo of our beautiful local beach on the day we made the necklace. Looking forward to summer.