Monday, March 24, 2014

Deer Queen Tassel Necklace

Tassel jewelry is quite the trend these days. Starting last year they made a come back in fashion. This year they are setting an even bigger trend. With top fashion chains incorporating more handmade couture and animal themes, I'm excited to start doing the same. Last night I decided to create a tassel necklace using a discarded necklace, charms, rhinestones and a tassel. But the tassel was creamy white. No need to fear with a mix of pearl grey and left over aquamarine Rit Dye I had, the tassel would be dyed and a necklace would be made.

Here is the material list and directions so that you can create your own hand dyed tassel necklace.
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For Dyeing The Tassel: 
  • Liquid Rit Dye: Aquamarine, Pearl Grey
  • White tassel
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 medium sized bowls (for dying and rinsing),
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic table cover
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tongs
  • Foil pan
  • Plastic spoon

For the Jewelry Making:
  • Jewelry chain
  • Deer pendant
  • Crown charm
  • Jump rings
  • Needle nose plier
  • 2 part epoxy glue

Directions To Dye The Tassels:
  1. Prep your surface. Lay plastic table cover on the surface you will working over. Put on your rubber or latex gloves.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons Rit liquid dye in pearl grey and 1/2 tablespoon aquamarine with 1 1/2 cups hot water in a plastic, or metal bowl and stir. Let steep for 20 minutes. For good hot water, heat some in the microwave in a glass bowl for 2 minutes.
  3. Place tassel in the greyish green tinted dye solution, let set for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove the dyed tassel when desired color is achieved and place onto a foil pan. Let dry. Reserve your remaining mixture for more dying by pouring into a glass jar or container, keep sealed.
 Directions To make Necklace:
  1. Prepare 2 part epoxy according to package directions. Coat the back of the deer pendant or pendant of choice with the epoxy and attach to the top of the dyed tassel. Let set for a few minutes.
  2. With a needle nose plier open a jump ring by slowing twisting one end away from you. Insert into the opening of the deer pendant, attach to the center of the jewelry chain. Close the jump ring.
  3. Cut a strip of rhinestone attach to the tassel just under the bottom of the pendant with more epoxy glue. Layer with a crown charm using more epoxy glue or a jump ring.
  • Try layering 3 tassels for a fuller necklace.
  • Mix and match Rit Dyes for more color possibilities.
  • Dip the end of the tassel into more dye for an ombre look. 
  • Use a store bought necklace that already has a pendant attached, add the tassel and additional findings.
Hope you enjoyed the project. For more of my projects using Rit Dye, visit 



Victoria said...

Super gorgeous..beautiful tutorial! I love your creations! I also wanted to say that I loved the spotlight on you in Scarlet Pink was wonderful to read about you and your creative life!

Incipient Wings said...

this is super cute Lisa!
great work!!