Here are the instructions I had promised for the Tassel Necklace I made. It's very simple to make and doesn't take many supplies at all.
Materials and Supplies
-Metal Chain or Old Necklace Chain
-Heavyish Wire (I used 16 Gauge, but somewhere around 20 would work great)
-Sewing or Beading Thread
-Seed Beads (I used 2 colours)
- Embroidery Thread (I used 2 colours)
-Needle Nose Pliers (and wire cutters)
1. Cut 40 pieces of Embroidery Thread 16cm (6.5") long. (I did 20 of each colour)
If you're doing more than one colour be sure to mix the colours in evenly.
Lay your thread out in a line keeping the ends as even as possible.
2. Using your wire cutters, cut a 6cm (2 3/8") piece of wire. Fold it in half and twist into a loop. (I made the loop using pronged pliers)
3. Find the middle of your thread bunch and twist the remaining ends of the wire snugly around the threads being sure to pinch all the ends of the wire in tight. Make sure that the raw ends of the wire are directly under the wire loop so that no ends will be exposed in the end.
4. Hold onto the metal loop and pull all the threads down so they hide the wire ends.
5. Trim the bottom of the embroidery threads to make them nice and even.
6. Cut a 30cm (12") long piece of embroidery thread, lay it flat on your working surface, lay the tassel on top of the center of the thread so that the top of the tassel is about 1cm above the thread. Tie the thread around the tassel.
7. Wrap the thread around the tassel a few times and part the tassel in the middle to tie the ends of the thread underneath to hide the knot.
8. Thread your needle and knot the one end. Fill the thread with seed beads untill it is as long as the tassel ends (measuring from where we wrapped the thread around to the bottom). Push your needle (with the thread and beads on it) through the tassel right at the bottom of where it's wrapped to the other side.
9. Fill the other side of the thread with beads untill it reaches the same length. Knot your ends and cut the thread. Repeat step 8 & 9 again (I used a different colour the second time) this time putting your needle through inbetween the other beaded strands. You can repeat this as many times as you would like depending on how many beaded strands you would like.
10. Thread your chain through the metal loop on the tassel to make it into a necklace. Cut the chain to your desired length and link the ends together using your pliers. If the chain links are fused together then use a jump ring to attach the ends together. Or if you don't want to have to slip the chain over your neck each time attach a clasp to one of the chain ends.
I think I'd rather save $188 to spend on something much more exciting like shoes, and just make the necklace myself!!..well a similar one...