Custom Tassels Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Add a bit of color to the top of tassels by creating seed bead end caps to fit over them! These caps will give your tassels a clean finish and will also allow you to customize them to fit your style. Whether you are creating your own tassels or are working with ready-made tassels, these seed bead caps are an excellent option for your designs!
Step one: Refer to our tubular peyote Mini Tutorial to start the technique for making the seed bead caps for the tassels. Use 30 Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat galvanized Muscat bronze Delicas to the thread and tie the thread in a circle and knot. Add one more row of Muscat bronze Delicas using the tubular peyote technique.
Step two: Add six rows of Miyuki 11/0 opaque semi-matte blue-grey Delicas. Then, step up as if to start another row. Follow this PDF Diagram to close up the top of the peyote tube. As the red line in the diagram shows, add bead 1 and 2, then skip a bead. Repeat this pattern of adding two and skipping a bead to add beads 3-10. Then, finish the row by skipping a bead. Step up through bead 1 and skip through bead 2, as the green line shows. Add bead 11 and skip through beads 3 and 4. Repeat this pattern of adding a bead and skipping to add beads 12-15.
Step three: Skip through beads 1 and 2 and step up through bead 11, as the blue line shows. Add bead 16 and then go through bead 12. Add bead 17 and then go through bead 13. Repeat this pattern to add 18, 19 and 20. Go through bead 11 and step up through bead 16, as the second red line shows. Add bead 21 and go through bead 17. Add bead 22 and then go through bead 18. Repeat this pattern to add beads 23, 24 and 25. Circle the thread through beads 21-25 again to cinch it up. This is the end of the pattern. The beads may be loose, so you can go through the weave and tighten up the stitching in a symmetrical way. If you want to see a video tutorial for finishing the seed bead cap, please watch this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step four: Make a tassel using The BeadSmith .8mm dark brown Chinese knotting cord. For help making tassels, please watch our Tassel Maker Mini Tutorial. Tie off the tassel with a piece of 20 gauge Copper Artbeads Designer Wire. Thread the end of the wire through the hole at the top of the seed bead cap. Add a TierraCast antique copper 7mm nugget heishi spacer to the wire and make a wrapped loop at the top of the spacer.
Step five: You can make the same seed bead caps with 11/0 TOHO seed beads, but they will be significantly bigger than caps made with Miyuki Delicas. These bigger caps work perfectly with Leather Cord USA leather tassels. To attach a cap to one of these tassels, insert the tassel into the cap. Push or thread the loop of the leather tassel through the hole on the top of the beaded cap. Weave your thread through the tassel to the other side of the cap and then through a bead. Repeat this several times, passing back and forth through the leather inside the cap to secure. Now you can easily attach your tassels to jewelry designs.
Tools & Supplies: The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
Beadalon Tassel Maker (TOOL-0199)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
List of Components: Miyuki Cap: The BeadSmith .8mm Dark Brown Chinese Knotting Cord - 49.2 Feet (STRNG-0282, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Semi-Matte Blue-Grey Delicas (DB0792, qty 1)
Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Muscat Bronze Delicas 8g Bag (DB1836, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Copper 7mm Nugget Heishi Spacer (CA-0436, qty 1)
Artbeads Designer Wire - Copper Non-Tarnish 20 Gauge (30 ft. spool) (ADW0020, qty 1)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread Assortment 12 55 yd Spools - Lighter Colors (STRNG-0118, qty 1) TOHO Cap: Toho Bead Round Hybrid 11/0 Turquoise Picasso (TBRD11-Y307, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Metallic Bronze (TBRD11-221, qty 1)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Olive (STRNG-0109, qty 1) Leather Cord USA Brownish Red Large Nappa Leather Tassel (EMBMT-0647)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Leather Cord USA Saddle Brown Large Nappa Leather Tassel (EMBMT-0649, qty 1) Leather Cord USA Black Large Suede Leather Tassel (EMBMT-0653)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Matte Pewter (TBRD11-566)
TOHO Bead Round 11/0 Galvanized Sweet Blush 8g Bag (TBRD11-PF552)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Light Gray (STRNG-0115) Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Matte Medium Navy (DB0377)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Metallic Matte Medium Navy (DB0035)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Denim Blue (STRNG-0104)
Miyuki 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Dark Coral Delicas 8g Bag (DB1839)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Creamy Nectarine (DB1513)
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Baby Pink (STRNG-0113)