How to make your own DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces three different ways. Plus how to make a capped tassel. For more tassel projects see my Fashion and Jewelry page.
I’ve decided I am totally addicted to tassels! The Buddha type tassel necklaces are my favs, but man they are hard to find in the stores. I decided to make some of my own and surprisingly, they really were pretty easy to make. This is a two-part post, I also wrote how to make Capped Tassels w/Beads, please see the link for a more detailed explanation on how to create them. I found there are multiple ways to make these necklaces. I describe two different ways, with two different types of string. Here’s what I did~
DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces
- Round Wood Beads 9-10mm in brown or natural
- Nylon thread or Beadalon 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire depending on which method you choose to make the necklaces. See instructions before beginning this project.
- Crimping Beads
- Bead Crimper Plier
- Smooth Beading Pliers
- E6000 Adhesive
- Capped Tassel
Nylon String Method (my preferred method):
I made a few with nylon string. Using the string instead of the wire made the necklace hang more naturally (for example the brown beaded necklace with the green tassel in the main image above), with less stress when tightened before finishing.
End the necklace by knotting the end of the string and adding a dot of E6000 adhesive to keep the nylon string from unwinding. A waxed coated cording is also a great alternative to a nylon string. The wax makes the cording non-slip when tying off the ends. That is another option to use when making these necklaces.
Add your tassel with a jump ring. To make the tassels see my Capped Tassel post.
Bead Wire Method:
There are lots of ways to make beaded tassel necklaces. The first way I made the necklace is with beading wire, this is my usual way of making necklaces and bracelets. So I thought I would try that first. Cut a long piece of beading wire, around 3-4 ft. Start with a crimped bead on one end, then a small bead and then add your larger beads in various patterns.
When you end the necklace, the end will be in the front where you attach the tassel instead of the normal back of the neck area. For more details on how to crimp and finish a beaded wire necklace or bracelet see this video by Beadaholique. Then add your tassel with a jump ring. To make the tassels see my Capped Tassel post.
MY OPINION: Although I liked the strength of the necklace, I found making them with the bead wire made the beads hang wonky on your neck when you tighten the wire to crimp it. It did not lay flat and smooth like a necklace should. The holes in the beads were made uneven, especially where the wood ones were concerned and they overlap when they are too tightly pulled together. So the verdict is.. I prefer making these with nylon string.
The real way to make the Buddha prayer beads would be to add a knot between each bead as you go. Although I love the way that looks, I really do not have the patience to make that many knots and getting them even between each bead.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Everywhere I go, I get so many compliments on these DIY beaded tassel necklaces. I hope you will too when you make yours!
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