Making Chain Bails and Tassels
by Katie Hacker
Sponsored by: Beadalon®
In today’s Beading Lesson, we’ll show you how to make easy chain bails and tassels. Both techniques are easy ways to add a designer look to your next jewelry project.
There are many different styles of chain. To choose the one that's best for your design, think about the overall look you're going for. You can use figaro chain for a classic look, curb chain for a funky look, elongated chain for a contemporary look or very thin cable chain for an understated look. Larger curb chain is often used to make charm bracelets.
Donut-shaped gemstones are always a little tricky to incorporate into a design because they require a special hanger. Make it easy by using chain. Measure at least three pieces of chain to fit around the top of the donut and then add about ¼”. Fit the chain around the donut and use small jump rings to connect the ends. Pass the stringing material through your new chain bail and you’re good to go!
You can make an easy chain tassel by attaching a bunch of short chains to a bead link. Use heavy-duty wire cutters to cut at least 10 pieces of chain. Make a loop on one end of a piece of wire. String the chains onto the loop before wrapping it shut. String a bead cap like a little hat over the loop. Add a bead and then make another wrapped loop. Attach a bail to the upper loop for a more professional look. This would make a cool earring or pendant.