How swoon worthy is this vintage thimble tassel necklace? Read on to see how easy it is to make at home!
Hi guys! It’s Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life, and today I am here to share a little diy jewelry tutorial with you guys on how to make a tassel necklace.
Tassels have been popping up everywhere in accessories and home decor for a little while now. They are really simple to make and versatile in that you can make them with all kinds of materials from fabric to string and yarn to twine.
I used some thick bakers twine and yarn for my tassels and vintage thimbles for some fun kitschy flair.
Here’s What You Need:
- Vintage Thimble
- Drill with a 1/16th drill bit
- Bit of Chipboard
- Glue, jewelry glue, e600, etc…
- Wire (I believe mine was 16mm)
- Jewelry Pliers
- Chain Necklace
- Jump Rings
The first thing you need to do is make your tassel.
Grab a piece of chipboard that is about the length you want your tassel to be. Hold one end of the yarn to the bottom middle of the board. Start wrapping the yarn. Wrap it around the board several times until it is pretty thick and you think it is about the thickness you will want.
To get the look with the white and aqua yarn I wrapped the two strands together.
Once you have the board wrapped to a good thickness, snip off the yarn flush to the bottom of the board.
Cut a length of yarn. Feed it behind the wrapped yarn and scootch it to the top of the wrapped twine.
Tie a tight knot at the top.
Pull your board out from the looped yarn, holding the yarn with your fingers to keep them in the loop. Then clip the loop in half at the bottom to form your tassel.
Set your tassel aside.
Now you need to put a hole in your thimble. Drill a hole in the center of the top of your thimble with a 1/16th drill bit.
Next, clip off a small length of your wire. Make a small loop at the bottom and then angle it so it will sit flat under the top of the thimbles top.
Insert the wire through the hole in the thimble from the bottom and then trim the wire and make a loop on the top of the thimble.
Now, run a bead or two of glue to the inside of the thimble on the sides above the rim.
Insert your tassel into the thimble and then set aside to let the glue dry.
Once the glue is dry you can string your tassel on a chain. Add your tassel to your chain by attaching it with a jump ring through the loop in the top of the thimble.
You can finish it off with a charm added to the top with a jump ring too.
I absolutely LOVE these old advertising thimbles and their kitchiness! I think they made really fun tassel necklaces and definitely add some retro funky style to a plain tee or dress.
So, grab yourself some vintage thimbles and make a couple for yourself or your favorite gals! I’ll be back next week with more craftiness.
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