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.
- 1mm Round Leather Cord
- Silver Ball Bead
- Brass Disk Bead
- Wire Cutters (Scissors)
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.
Measure two 7 inch leather cords for finishing and set aside for later use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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