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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

My hands can do this --- Stylish Tassels


When my daughter and I were in a shopping mall, she kept on looking for something, going back and forth where I was just standing in a décor section.  I asked what she was looking for and she told me that she was looking for tassels to hang on  her electric ceiling fans.  The height of the electric ceiling fans installed in her house makes one difficult to turn them on or off.   I suggested to her that she doesn’t need to buy these tassels for I proudly told her that I can make them for her.  She didn’t give me an answer if she agreed with me or not, but she just left the area and then I followed her.

After few days passed,  I was surprised that she told me to make those tassels I suggested to her.  She gave me her two pieces of fancy jewelries (necklace and bracelet) that she said she doesn’t really use or not fond of wearing them.  Thinking how to design the tassels with her fancy jewelries, made my mind turned like a spinning wheel.  Afterwards, the outcome made her happy looking at those tassels hanging on her three electric ceiling fans installed in her kitchen area, family TV viewing area, and bedroom.


STYLISH TASSELS (a)



STYLISH TASSELS (b)



STYLISH TASSELS (c)

These stylish tassels can be used not only for electric ceiling fans, but also for curtain holdbacks, chimes, car decor, small bells, Christmas decor, bag accessory, key chain, hanging lanterns,  and others. For now, I'm featuring these stylish tassels for electric ceiling fans. Leftover yarns are very useful in making this project.
  
STYLISH TASSELS
for
 ELECTRIC CEILING FANS

I –  Stylish Tassel (a)



Damaged / Unused Fancy Jewelries

Materials:
(2) unused or damaged fancy jewelries (necklace) with chains
(2) long nose pliers
      leftover yarns (any color)
      leftover copper wires (any color)
      small sewing needle for beading
      colored beads
      sewing thread
      scissor
      pen or pencil

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:

1)  Using two long nose pliers, unlock one piece of fancy jewelry (necklace) evenly into sets of chains.  Be sure the ends of the chains are tightly closed to each other after separating them.   Out of one piece of necklace, I was able to have 4 sets of jewelry chains with respective décor ends as shown below.  (Note:  Length of chains will vary depending on the kind of jewelries you have.)


Unlocking the Chains

2)  Measure the height of the cord of the electric ceiling fan from its end to the lowest height that you can reach it when you want to turn the electric ceiling fan on or off.   This will help you determine the measurement of the yarn to be cut.  In this project,  I need to have 10 inches of strand of yarn for me to reach the tassel.  Double the measurement of the yarn for folding it into two later.   Cut 10 strands of yarns measuring 20 inches each.  Cut an extra strand measuring 30 inches for  tying together all the strands of yarns. 

3)  Using a set of jewelry chain, gather the ends of the strands of yarns together and insert into the hole of the décor end.  Gather all the ends of the strands together and fold.  Have the  extra strand ready for tying them together. 

4)  Tie a knot at ½ inch from the fold twice.  Have both ends of the extra strand cross each other at the bottom of all the yarns, while holding the chains at one end with your knee. or if you have someone to hold it, please ask for an assistance.  After crossing both ends of the extra strand at the bottom, pull them up  together  to tie a knot once.  Do this procedure 5 times.  On the 5th time, tie the knot twice.   Trim the ends.   Do the same procedures to make another tassel.

5)  To design the knotted area, I need to attach colored beads.  Start inserting the sewing needle with a thread into the second row of knotted area.  *Insert the small colored beads, like yellow beads, into the sewing needle with a thread until it can fully cover one row of the knotted area.  Insert the needle into four beads at the beginning to close the first row neatly.   **Insert the needle where the last bead is by crossing into the other side of the thread and coming out by passing the succeeding four beads.  Insert the needle again into the succeeding four beads.  Do the same procedure as in ** till you reach the beginning bead.  This sewing technique will help hold the beads in place.   Use again yellow beads for the second row using the same procedures from * to **.  For the third row, use another colored beads, like white, using the same procedures from * to **.  For the fourth and fifth row, use the same yellow beads to finish these last two rows.   Tie it thrice  at the end and hide the thread in between the yarns.  (Note: You can choose the color of beads and design you like to do, depending on the color of the yarn you choose.)  Do the same procedures for another tassel.  The outcome is shown below:



Attaching the Beads

6)  I choose a reddish / pinkish copper wire.  (Note:  The color of the copper wire will vary depending on the color of the beads and yarn you choose.) Make a spiral shape of copper wire first in a pen or pencil and cut at the 4th spirals of it.    In the upper portion of the tassel before the rows of beads, insert the knotted area into the spiraled copper wire around until it is fully inserted.  Press altogether closely with your fingers as you insert the yarn into the copper wire.  Press it downwards carefully towards the first row of beads.  Using a nose plier, do some adjustment to nicely fit the copper wire around the knotted area.  Tighten the beginning copper wire end to keep its hold of the yarns.  Do the same procedures at the lower portion after the rows of beads.  Press the spiraled copper wire upwards carefully towards the last row of beads.  Tighten the end of the copper wire to keep its hold of the yarns. Do the  same procedures for the other tassel.  The outcome is shown below.


Stylish Tassel (a)





II – Stylish Tassel (b)

Materials:
(4) big wooden ball with a hole (natural color)
      unused or damaged fancy jewelries (necklace –  from Tassel (a)
      unused or damaged fancy, colored, native jewelries (necklace)
      leftover yarns (any color)
      crochet hook G/6 – 4.25 mm
      crochet hook 6/1.80 mm
           
Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:

1)  Measure the height of the cord of the electric ceiling fan from its end to the lowest height that you can reach it when you want to turn the electric ceiling fan on or off.   This will help you determine the measurement of the yarn to be cut.  In this project,  I need to have 15 inches of strand of yarn for me to reach the tassel.  Double the measurement of the yarn for folding it into two later.   Cut 10 strands of yarns measuring 30 inches each. 

2)  Using the other two sets of jewelry chain from Stylish Tassel (a), gather the ends of the strands of  yarns together and insert into the hole of décor end of the first set of jewelry chain.  Gather all the ends of the strands of yarns together, fold, and tie them altogether at the center. 

3)  Using a crochet hook #G6, insert all the strands of yarns into the hole of wooden ball (natural color).   

4)  Using a crochet hook #6, insert alternately a set of fancy, colored wooden balls that come from a native jewelry into the first strand of yarn.  *Skip 3 strands of yarns and on the 4th strand of yarn, insert alternately another set of fancy, colored wood balls into it.  Do the same procedures as in  * till you have attached 4 sets of fancy, colored wooden balls around. 

5)  Using a crochet hook #G6, insert all the strands of yarns into the hole of another wooden ball (natural color).  Strands of yarns without the fancy stone ball should be stretched down for an even look at the inside center, while showing out the fancy stone balls outward. Strands of yarns without the fancy, colored wooden balls should be stretched down for an even look at the inside center, while showing out the 4 sets of fancy, colored wooden balls outward. Make a knot at the end.  Trim the ends.   Do the same procedures to make another tassel.  The outcome is shown below.


Stylish Tassel (b)


III – Stylish Tassel (c)

Materials:
(1) unused or damaged fancy jewelries (bracelet) with chains
(2) long nose pliers
      leftover yarns (any color)
      leftover copper wires (any color)
      crochet hook #9 / 1.30 mm
      crochet hook #1 / 2.75 mm
      crochet hook #6 / 1.80 mm

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:

1)  Using two long nose pliers, unlock one piece of fancy jewelry (bracelet) evenly into sets of chains.  Be sure the ends are tightly closed to each other.   Out of one piece of bracelet, I was able to have 2 sets of jewelry chains consisting of 20 rings per set.  Reserve 8 pieces of rings for later use. (Note:  Length of chains will vary depending on the kind of jewelries you have.)


2)  Measure the height of the cord of the electric ceiling fan from its end to the lowest height that you can reach it when you want to turn the electric ceiling fan on or off.   This will help you determine the measurement of the yarn to be cut.  In this project,  I need to have 15 inches of strand of yarn for me to reach the tassel.  Double the measurement of the yarn for folding it into two later.   Cut 5 pieces of strands of yarns measuring 30 inches each.  Gather the ends of the strands of yarns and insert into the hole of chain.  Gather all the ends of the strands of yarns together, fold, and tie them altogether at the center.  Make a knot. 

3)  Using a crochet hook #1, insert all the strands of yarns into the hole of metal ball and followed by two rings. Divide the strands of yarns into 5’s.

4)  Using a crochet hook #6, insert 5 strands of yarns into the hole of first flat stone and another 5 strands of yarns into the second flat stone, followed by another two rings.  These two flat stones should be positioned back to back to each other with the design facing outward. 

5)  Using a crochet hook #1, insert all the strands of yarns into the hole of another metal ball. Divide the strands of yarns into 5’s again. 

6)  Using a crochet hook #9, insert a fancy stone ball into a strand of yarn, leaving another two strands of yarns untouched, and then insert the next stone ball on the succeeding strand.  Do the same procedures for the next set of 5 strands of yarns.  Strands of yarns without the fancy stone ball should be stretched down for an even look at the inside center, while showing out the four fancy stone balls outward.  Be sure the four stone balls should be leveled and closed to each other.  Make a knot at the end.  Trim the ends.  Do the same procedures to make another tassel.  The outcome is shown below.


Stylish Tassels (c)


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