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Make a Tassel from Chain

Tools Required:

Round Nose Pliers
Flat or Chain Nose Pliers
Side Cutters
Bead Mat

Tips:

Keep any scraps of silver or gold wire as they can be sold to metal merchants.

Use the round nose pliers as a guide for how big or small you need your loop to be; we usually grasp the wire about 1.5mm from the tip, when making normal wire wrapped loops, for this project you will need to make a larger loop to thread the chain onto and may need a larger loop when attaching the tassel to a bail or other finding.

To Start:

We have used a 1m of Hand made Sterling Silver and Pearl Chain

Cut the chain into lengths, make sure there is a loop at both ends of the chain (we have used 10 pearl links).



Step 1

With the Round Nose Pliers grip the wire about 30mm from the end of the wire and about 10mm from the tip of the round nose pliers



Step 2

Using the tips of your chain/flat nose pliers, grab the end of the wire.


Step 3

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers in the direction of 9 o’clock.


Step 4

Moving in a continuous action go to 6 o’clock.


Step 5

All the way to 3 o’clock.


Step 6

Now you have formed a crossed circle.

REMOVE THE WIRE FROM THE ROUND NOSE PLIERS

Step 7

Thread the pre-cut lengths of chain onto the loop.


Step 8

You can make the Tassel as full as you like.

Step 9

Hold the loop with the round nose pliers, make sure all of the chain hangs freely

Step 10

Grip the end of the wire and wrap the wire 2-21/2 times, until your wire wrapped loop is secure.

TRIM THE SHORT END OF THE WIRE

Step 11

Thread the cap onto the wire and then a locking bead, the locking bead must NOT be able to slide through the hole in the cap.

THE LOCKING BEAD IS VERY IMPORTANT AS IT WILL HOLD EVERYTHING SECURE


Step 12

Grip the wire, 2mm from the locking bead, with the chain/flat nose plies.


Step 13

Wrap the wire to from an wire wrapped loop, we have then added a Pearl and a bail to this tassel with the wire wrapped link Technique









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