Saturday, December 8, 2007

On the 4th Day of Christmas - Earthy Pendants

Use beading wire to construst a simple tassel style pendent. This is a great project to use up leftover beads as the accents. Pair it up with an adjustable leather cord for an earthy pendant perfect for the green girls on your holiday gift list.

Supply List:

3 wafer beads (Humblebeads)

36" leather or suede cord

10" beading wire

4 crimp beads 2x1mm

4 silver spacers 6mm

Nickel seed beads

Bronze bugle beads

An assortment of accent beads (use whatever you have on hand)

Crimping pliers & wire cutters
*nickel seed beads & bronze bugles can be found at www.cbbeads.com

Step 1. String 9 seed beads unto the wire and one crimp bead through both wires to form a loop, crimp bead with crimping pliers.
Step 2. Through both wires string, an 8mm bead, *a silver spacer and wafer bead, *repeat two times. String a silver spacer, 6mm bead, crimp bead, crimp with pliers.

Step 3: To create the tassel on one wire string 3 seed beads, 3 pearls, 1 seed bead. Repeat 4 times, string an 8mm bead and crimp bead. Flatten crimp bead with pliers. On the second wire, string a bugle bead, seed bead, accent bead, seed bead. Repeat until desired length. End with a large accent bead and a crimp bead. Flatten crimp bead with pliers.

*Make sure you completely flatten the crimp bead, this is the only thing holding your beads on the tassel! Give it a little tug to make sure your beads are secure.

Step 4: String your tassel unto a suede cord and end with adjustable knots.

Alternative: Use one focal bead instead of 3, the tassel can be shorter for a simpler look.

5 comments:

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

Nicely done! I love the beaded bail and the tassel idea is great! I love projects that can be done with leftover bits of wire and odd beads, and this one definately can! Thanks!

Elaine Ray said...

Oh - beautiful! I can imagine this with so many alternate uses: a fan pull, a curtain tie back, a tree ornament, or to display a treasured art bead in an office where space is at a premium.

Thanks for sharing Heather!

Tari of claybuttons said...

This is beautiful Heather!

Melissa said...

I love the way the stacked wafers look - makes me itch to get out my set of "Where the Wild Things Are" wafers that I have been saving in my stash!!

The Jade Dog said...

Great project...and I love Humblebeads wafers. Nice use :)