Hot Trend in a Quick and Easy Free Earring Project

Tassels are still on the runway, on the red carpet and hot in fashion – from accessories and jewelry to home décor, we can’t seem to get enough of these fun, flirty, fringy, toppers. Pantone chose 2 colors of the year, this year – rose quartz and serenity. These fashion colors were the inspiration behind this quick and easy free earring project design.

"Tassel and Swarovski Crystal" earrings, by Tammy Honaman

“Tassel and Swarovski Crystal” earrings, by Tammy Honaman

Here’s what you need and how to make your own pair:
Materials:
2 10mm Swarovski crystal 4470, square fancy stone, air-blue opal
1 skein embroidery floss or cording of your choice
1 pr 10mm square fancy stone setting
Adhesive
2 jumprings, 6mm
2 jumprings, 3mm
Tassel maker
2 pair flat-nose pliers
Scissors
Stone setting tool or chain-nose pliers.

Step 1: Assemble the tassel maker per manufacturer’s directions. Mount the tassel maker to a smooth surface using the suction cups provided with the tool.

Tassel maker set up per manufacturer's instructions.

Tassel maker set up per manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: Loosen a wing nut. Slip an end of the embroidery floss between the wing nut and truss, leaving about a 4” tail. Tighten the wing nut to hold the thread.

Anchor the tail of your cording between the wing nut and the truss of the tassel maker.

Anchor the tail of your cording between the wing nut and the truss of the tassel maker.

Step 3: Crank the handle, winding the cording around the rods, winding for as many threads you’d like to have in your tassel – the more wraps the thicker your tassel.

Crank the handle, winding the cording around the rods of the tassel maker.

Crank the handle, winding the cording around the rods of the tassel maker.

Design idea: As a twist, consider entering in a second color of cording. To do this, repeat Steps 2 and 3.

Add in a second color of cording for a multi-color look for your tassel.

Add in a second color of cording for a multi-color look for your tassel.

Step 4: Once you have wrapped as many threads as you would like in your tassel, trim the cording, leaving a 4” tail. Pass a pair of tweezers through the center of the wrapped cording bundle. Grip the end of the tail with the tweezers then bring the tail through to the other side of the bundle; hold the length of cording on the other side with your free hand, forming a loop.

Bring the end of the tail through the opening in the wrapped cording; hold the cord with your other hand, forming a loop.

Bring the end of the tail through the opening in the wrapped cording; hold the cord with your other hand, forming a loop.

Step 5: Pass the end of the tail thread through the loop. Pull tight to form a knot that rests at the top of the wrapped cording. Repeat.

Step 6: Loosen the wing nut and remove the tail thread. Tighten the wing nut again. Repeat Step 5 to form a knot on the other end of the wrapped cording. In this case, because there are multiple tails due to multiple colors, repeat Step 5 to knot all tail threads, making sure you have knots on each end of the wrapped cording bundle.

Pull the formed knots tight so the wrapped cording is secure.

Pull the formed knots tight so the wrapped cording is secure.

Step 7: Loosen a wing nut and angle it down, just a bit. Slip the wrapped cording off the rods.

Wrapped cording bundle, removed from the tassel maker.

Wrapped cording bundle, removed from the tassel maker.

Step 8: Add a jumpring to one end of the wrapped cording. Cut a 12” length of new cording material. Leaving a 4” tail, begin wrapping the new cording around the wrapped cording bundle, below the jumpring; pull tightly

Jumpring added to one end of the wrapped cording bundle; new length of cording wrapped around cording bundle below jumpring.

Jumpring added to one end of the wrapped cording bundle; new length of cording wrapped around cording bundle, below jumpring.

Repeat on the other end. Apply a dab of adhesive to the knots and allow the adhesive to cure.

Step 9: Using sharp scissors, cut the wrapped cording in half. Trim as needed.

Using sharp scissors, cut the wrapped cording bundle in half. Trim as needed.

Using sharp scissors, cut the wrapped cording bundle in half. Trim as needed.

Step 10: Place a Swarovski crystal fancy stone into a setting, ensure the stone is level and in place correctly.

Swarovski crystal fancy stone set into prong setting.

Swarovski crystal fancy stone set into prong setting.

Step 11: Place the stone setting tool over the prongs in the setting. Press firmly, pressing the prongs toward the stone.

Use prong-setting tool to press prongs toward Swarovski crystal fancy stone.

Use prong-setting tool to press prongs toward Swarovski crystal fancy stone.

As an alternative, use chain-nose pliers to press the prongs into place.

Step 12: Use a jumpring to connect the jumpring on the tassel to the loop on the earring setting.

Use jumprings to connect the tassel to the loop on the earring setting.

Use jumprings to connect the tassel to the loop on the earring setting.

Repeat for the second earring.

Tassel earrings made using Swarovski crystal fancy stones, fancy stone earring settings, and embroidery floss; inspried by Pantone colors fo the year. By Tammy Honaman

Tassel earrings made using Swarovski crystal fancy stones, fancy stone earring settings, and embroidery floss; inspired by Pantone colors of the year. By Tammy Honaman

Have fun making this pair of earrings then use different colors of Swarovski crystal fancy stones and cording to create a completely different look. Please share your design combinations  with us at BeadingDaily.com – can’t see what you dream up!

Happy beading,
blue_tammy

 

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