Hand-Dyed Tassel Necklace
This weekend I came across the perfect jewelry project to soften the blow of my post-Easter blues. If you enjoyed Tassel Talk in Jewelry Stringing Spring 2014 and Michelle Mach’s blog post on Ten Ways to Tackle the Tassel Trend, I think this necklace (made for under $15) will tickle your jewelry fancy just as much as it did mine!
The process was actually quite simple! After forming all five tassels, at three different lengths, I mixed up three bowls of Rit teal dye. For the darkest, middle tassel I used the most dye with the least amount of water and left it submerged for about 5 minutes. For the inner-most medium dark tassels, I added more water and used less dye. These I let sit for about 30 seconds. After I had dyed the two darkest colors I noticed the thread was picking up the dye very well and feared my lightest colored tassels would be too dark and at that point I wouldn't be able to reverse and make them lighter. So I started out with just a few sprinkles of dye in an ample amount of water, and added more dye until I achieved the color I wanted.
I discovered by default a few tips for stringing the tassels onto the chain. First, I used a small amount of thread to connect a needle to the chain. After trying to fit this through my first tassel, I discovered the chain caught on the threads of the loop and pulled out a few of my strings. To solve this, I then used a pencil to clear a pathway through the tassel loop so I could easily pull the chain through. This worked wonders and all other tassels slid on seamlessly!
After making this necklace, I am not only hooked on tassels, but loving the idea of using dye. It’s such a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to personalize projects and change up the look of a design. Not to mention you can customize designs for all different seasons and tastes! A fun play on this necklace would be to use a similar technique for earrings: I am loving these tassel bloom hoops from Anthropologie, and could go for a pair of my own!
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