How to Make a Tassel with Round Leather Cord

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Make a Bohemian leather tassel in 5 minutes or less!

Time: 5 min
Skill Level: Easy

Leather is a rare form of tassel to create, it adds an artisanal craftsmanship to the look and feel of a jewelry. Leather tassels brings up the luxury of the ordinary to a refined and a luxury product.

Things You'll Need

  • 1mm Round Leather Cord
  • Silver Ball Bead
  • Brass Disk Bead
  • Wire Cutters (Scissors)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Measure length.

When working with leather cord allow the leather a little ease for adjustment , depending on the tassel length add at least 1/2 inch to your measurement. Create a folded stack by multiplying the desired length measurement of the tassel in multiples of ten by going back and forth with this measurement.

Step 2: Cut reserve finishing leather cords

Measure two 7 inch leather cords for finishing and set aside for later use.

Step 3: Securing folded stacks.

Using one of the 7 inch leather cord you have set aside, find the middle of the folded stack and tie the middle of the stack into a knot.

Step 4: Molding the top of tassel

From the secured middle point of the stack, fold the leather downwards until the opposite ends of the leather touches each other. Work the leather like clay and mold it until the material adjusts to its new position.

Step 5: Tying the tassel top

Measure down at the top of the fold of the tassel 1/4 inch and tightly tie the other 7 inch reserve leather cord at this 1/4 inch point level. Adjust this point if the top is bulky and if it would not hold the tassel in place.

Step 6: Cutting the fringe

At the bottom of the tassel are the folded ends. Individually find the middle of these folds and cut right at its middle to create each string of the tassel.

Step 7: Finishing the ends of the fringe.

From the top of the tassel down to each strand of the leather cord strand, measure down the desired tassel length and cut each to its approximate length.

Step 8: Adding finishing touches

String additional custom beads of your choice on top of the tassel to finish the look of your custom piece, secure by tying a knot and make sure that the knot is tightly in place.

Step 9: Your custom piece is finished.

Tips & Advice

  • Test how the leather cord you have chosen folds and see how much it needs to reach your length measure and how bulky it would look.
  • Always stretch your leather with a gentle tug to find weak spots on the leather, this will prevent breakage while you are working with the material.

Conclusion

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