Tassel bell cap

Make a modern tassel necklace with a stitched bell-shaped cap and swingy chain
Tassel bell cap key

SUPPLIES

Tassel pendant 2 3⁄4 x 3⁄4 in. (7 x 1.9 cm)

  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
    • 24 color A (matte bronze)
    • 12 color B (gold)
  • 1 6/0 seed bead (Toho 221, bronze)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • chain
    • 2 ft. (61 cm) small link (.5 –3 mm links), for tassel
    • 28 in. (71 cm) medium link (3–5 mm links), for neck chain
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 20- or 22-gauge wire
  • 3 4 mm jump rings
  • 1 clasp
  • Beading needles, #12
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, bentnose, and/or flatnose pliers
  • Roundnose pliers
  • Wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Tassel bell cap 1
Figure 1

Tassel cap

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline, pick up a repeating pattern of an 11/0 seed bead and a color A SuperDuo four times. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first 11/0 and the same (inner) hole of the first A (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the inner hole of the next A. Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (b–c).

Tassel bell cap 2
Figure 2

3. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next 11/0, A (inner hole), and 11/0 (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (b–c). 

Tassel bell cap 3
Figure 3

4. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next 11/0 (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up an A, and sew through the open hole of the next A (b–c). Pick up an A, and sew through the next 11/0 (c–d). Repeat these three stitches three times, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (d–e).

Tassel bell cap 4
Figure 4

5. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next 11/0, three As, and 11/0 (FIGURE 4, a–b). Repeat this stitch three times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (b–c).

Tassel bell cap 5
Figure 5

6. Working as in step 4, add two 11/0s at each corner and three As on each side (FIGURE 5).

Tassel bell cap 6
Figure 6

7. Working as in step 5, add two 11/0s at each corner, sewing through the As on each side (FIGURE 6, a–b).

8.
Work a corner stitch with two 11/0s, and sew through the open hole of the next A (b–c). Work two stitches with color B SuperDuos (c–d), and then sew through the next 11/0 (d–e). Repeat these three stitches three times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (e–f). 

Tassel bell cap 7
Figure 7

9. Working as in step 5, add two 11/0s at each corner, sewing through the SuperDuos on each side (FIGURE 7 a–b).

Tassel bell cap 8
Figure 8

10. Working as in step 8, add two 11/0s at each corner and one B on each side (b–c).

11. Work a stitch at each corner, but pick up only one 11/0 per stitch and sew through the Bs you sewed through in the previous round (FIGURE 8, a–b).

12. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the open hole of the next B (b–c). Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 at the tip of the next corner (c–d). Repeat these two stitches three times to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (d–e).

13. Sewing through the 11/0s added in the previous round, work a round of peyote stitch, using an 11/0 next to each B and a 15/0 seed bead at each corner. Step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (e–f).

14. Work a round of peyote with 11/0s (f–g).

15. Work eight stitches with three 15/0s each (g–h), and end the thread.

Assembly

1. Cut 10 2-in. (5 cm) pieces of small-gauge chain.

2. Cut 3 in. (7.6 cm) of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop at one end.

3. Slide an end link of each chain into the loop, and complete the wraps.

4. String a 6/0 seed bead and the tassel cap onto the wire so the chain tassel exits the bottom opening of the tassel cap, and make a wrapped loop above the tassel cap.

5. Use a jump ring to attach the wrapped loop to the middle link of the medium-link chain.

6. Use a jump ring to attach each end of the chain to half of a clasp.

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