Colour is a major part of my summer look. I always think this season offers a chance to be a bit more playful, with bright cardis over a simple white dress, fun shoes and happy statement jewellery.
I had a great time making these tassel earrings with the lovely Charlotte from Lotts and Lots, and it’s amazing knowing they’re truly unique. I repurposed stones from some of my old broken jewellery, but if you are more careful with your bracelets and necklaces than I am(!), check out Beadworks for a great selection of faceted glass beads.
Before you start, have a play around with different shape, sizes and finishes of beads – to give you a few ideas we’ve used a mix of extra large crystals, muted semi precious stones and more natural shaped beads to create different styles.
Step 1. Thread the first onto an eye pin. Leave just under 1 cm of wire sticking out the end of the bead and snip off the rest.
Step 2. Take the end of the wire (the end with no loop) between a pair of round nose pliers – make sure there is no wire sticking out the top. Take the bead and wire securely in one hand and pliers and wire in another twist the wire around the pliers creating a loop. You might need to reinsert the pliers when you can’t twist anymore to create a complete loop.
Step 3. Add eye pins and create loops to all beads. Gently open one loop and thread on the connecting bead.
Step 4. Take and open a 5mm jump ring and thread on a tassel. Thread the jump ring onto the final bead, close the jump ring. To open and close a jump ring; take a jump ring between of pair of pliers with the opening facing upwards. With another pair of pliers gently twist the jump ring open, to close twist the other direction.
Step 5. Like step 4, open the loop of the earring hook and thread on the beads and close the loop.
And there you have it; a lovely pair of statement tassel earrings for summery soirees! I’ve already got a wedding in mind for my pair!
A big thanks to Charlotte from Lotts and Lots for helping with this tutorial. Don’t forget to drop by her website for lots more amazing DIYs.