Making a Seed Bead Tassel
by Katie Hacker
Sponsored by: Beadalon®
It’s easy to create your own chain from twisted jump rings.
Tassels add an elegant look to jewelry and home décor projects.
The Spin-N-Bead™ tool is specially designed to make it easy to load seed beads onto a needle. It’s easiest to use a big eye needle with a bent tip. A big eye needle is the type of needle that opens from the center. Use beading thread to thread the needle, then place the bent tip inside the wooden bowl.
The fuller the bowl, the easier it is to spin beads onto the needle. Spin the rod in the center to turn the bowl and hold the needle with the bent tip facing against the flow of beads. Beads will automatically load themselves onto the needle. Push them onto the beading thread and continue to load the needle until the seed bead section is about 36” long.
Once you have the desired length of beads, knot the end. Tie the knotted ends together to make one big beaded loop. Add a drop of jeweler’s cement to the knot. After it dries, cut off the extra thread.
Wrap the beaded loop around your fingers several times to make multiple loops. Pass a 8” piece of wire through the fold on one side of the loops. Slide a bead cap over the wire and then add a few larger beads to the wire. Make a wrapped loop and cut off any extra wire.
You can use this tassel as a pendant, or make smaller ones to use as earrings. Seed bead tassels also make great home décor accents for lamps, curtain tie-backs and fan pulls.