Wire is one of my favorite materials to work with. And when it comes to the wire selection at Darice, you can find an endless variety of colors, thicknesses, and types. For my latest project, I used 12-gauge wire to create a funky collar necklace that doubles as a total head-turner. The wire is soft enough to mold with your hands yet strong enough to hold its shape. This creation also features an open focal point unlike conventional necklaces. The final verdict? I’m in love. Here’s how to make your own tassel DIY collar necklace!
- Darice 12 Gauge Aluminum Jewelry Wire
- 7mm End Caps (2)
- Darice 4mm Jump Rings (2)
- Darice 3 in 1 Pliers with Cutter
- Darice Craft Scissors
- Darice Embroidery Thread (2 skeins)
- Jewelry Glue
Step 1. To begin your tassel DIY collar necklace you will remove the packaging off of one skein of embroidery thread. Cut off a short strand of thread. Tie this strand about 1/4-inch from one end of the skein. For extra security, tie the strand around two or three times.
Step 2. Cut away the excess thread. At the opposite end, cut a straight edge across the bottom of the skein to create a fringe tassel. If you prefer a shorter tassel, cut higher than the example below.
Step 5. Using the cutter portion of the pliers, cut a strand of 12-gauge wire long enough to fit around your neck. Re-adjust the wire as necessary, creating a perfect circle as best as you can. If you mess up, don’t fret! Simply cut another strand of wire and try again.
Of course, variegated embroidery thread isn’t necessary for this project. Feel free to use thread in solid or metallic shades. You can even combine multiple strands from different skeins to create your own DIY multi-colored thread. For an ombré vibe, group together thread from the same color range. Alternatively, you can couple contrasting colors for eye-catching details. The possibilities for this tassel DIY project are endless!
Street Style Images: Haruka Sakaguchi
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.