Rhinestone + Tassels Charm Necklace and Earrings

Tassel and Rhinestone Earrings

Getting 6 inches of hair cut off has inspired me to make more jewelry!  Clothes, jewelry, everything seems different with shorter hair and I’m having fun experimenting with new looks.  Summertime also puts me in the mood to make jewelry and the shorter hair just adds to it!  These earrings are especially easy to make and I love their long length and swing of the tassels.

tassels and rhinestones materials for earrings

Materials:

  • 2 Earring Hoops
  • 2 Earring Wires
  • 6 Chain Tassels
  • 4 inches of Rhinestone Chain
  • 2 Rhinestone Connectors
  • 6 Small Jump rings
  • Jewelry Pliers

1.  Attach Tassels to Hoop with a Jump Ring

tassels and rhinestones earrings - attaching the tassel

2. Attach Rhinestone Chain

tassels and rhinestones earrings - attaching the rhinestone chain

  • Cut rhinestone chain to 2″ long using heavy duty cutters.
  • Slide the last rhinestone into the connector.
  • Using pliers bend the metal prongs around both sides of the rhinestone.

tassels and rhinestone earrings - add the tassel

  • Using a jump ring attach the rhinestone chain to the metal tassel.
  • If you don’t have a bead cap on top of the tassel, you can just attach the jump ring directly to the chains.

3.  Attach Earwire

tassels and rhinestone earrings- add ear wires

  • Using pliers, open up the end of the earwire and slide onto the earring hoop.
  • Bend up the extra loop at the top of the hoop if you don’t want it to show.
  • Using heavy duty wire cutters, trim the ends of the tassels to a point in the center.

tassels and rhinestone earrings finished

Rhinestone and Tassel Charm Necklace

DIY layered necklace

After making the earrings, I was digging around in my jewelry supplies realizing that I was amassing a rather large pile of leftover chain scraps. I had been browsing on Free People (I love their jewelry) and was inspired by this Free People Multi Charm Rosary. Their necklace is $38 dollars, and honestly, I don’t think you could make it for that. But since I had so many chains, beads and charm leftovers, I thought I might give it a shot.

tassels and rhinestone necklace materials

When creating a necklace, lay out everything first.  This is how to estimate the overall length of the chains you’ll need and see if the beads and charms feel balanced.

The three strand chain at the top was from the Making Memories Vintage Groove II Collection by Jill Schwartz .  She’s high on my list of favorite jewelry designers.

rhinestone and tassel materials in detail

Linking the Chains

create bead link

create links

Try to place a bead or link between two different chains to use as a transition.

  1. Using a head pin and round nose pliers, create a loop.
  2. Slide the loop onto the end of the chain then wrap the short end around the long end of the headpin.
  3. Slide on a bead and create another loop – linking this loop to the next chain.
  4. Wrap the short end around the headpin to lock it in place.

Rhinestone Chain

attach rhinestone end cap

attach rhinestone to chain

When working with rhinestone chain, it’s helpful to have a rhinestone connector.

  • Slide the last rhinestone into the connector.
  • Using pliers bend the metal prongs around both sides of the rhinestone.
  • With a jump ring, connect the chain to the loop on the rhinestone connector.

Add a Little Sparkle

create bugle bead accents

These bugle beads add a little extra sparkle.  Add them randomly to one of the chains.

Attaching the Charms

attach elements

If you are a die hard reader, you might recognize this little key from my Metal Stamped Vintage Key Jewelry post a few months back. (I’m already re-purposing it!)

  1. Cut a short length of chain and slide it onto a jump ring.  Add your charm.
  2. Close the jump ring and attach the opposite end of the chain to one of your necklaces using another jump ring.

Rhinestone Charm

elements

Cut off one rhinestone, and using a dab of E6000 glue it to a metal stamping blank. (These are by Nunn Design).

rhinestone and tassel necklace layers

layered rhinestone and tassel necklace

The finished necklace is a little different than planned.  I found that when holding up the necklace, the charms didn’t fall in the way I wanted them so I switched the place of a few of them.

Overall I’m pretty happy with it – especially considering it was made from leftover materials and necklaces I already had.  And in my book – that’s like getting a necklace for free!  ;)

Comments

  1. Nathalie says:

    Hey Karen, so excited to see you got creative again. I especially love the chain made from leftovers. Such a neat idea, turned into a one-of-a-kind item. Also got my jaw dropped when I followed your link to the Free People site. Being from Germany, I had never heard of the brand before. Gosh, they have beautiful stuff. I just browsed through the vintage section where they have all that dancing gear… wow, almost like poetry.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

    Nathalie

    • Thank you Nathalie! I love their site too and it always gets my creative juices flowing. Thank you so much for reading and your comments…makes a girl feel good! :) k

  2. LOVE!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Holly S. says:

    I love this necklace! The pieces all mixed together are really great. I need to dig through my daughter’s jewelry supplies, because she’s stolen most of my chain. And your hair! Wow! But you need to give us a better photo! Or I need to come shop lol

    • Thank you Holly! And yes, dig through your daughter’s jewelry supplies…she’ll never miss them! What’s funny about the hair, is that the 6 inches was all off of the back. I didn’t take any length off the front, so a lot of people don’t notice. So, I basically had a mullet! haha! :) thanks again! k

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