MINI BEAD COLORS NEEDED:
- Prickly Pear - 71 (available in the Large Tray)
- Light Green - 96 (available in the Large Tray)
- Toothpaste - 57
- Grey - 57
- Dark Grey - 96
- Black - 71
YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
- Small mini beads square pegboard
- Large Mini Beads Tray 80-17537
- Iron and ironing paper
- Mini beads tweezers
- Large-eye blunt needle
- 1 skein coordinating embroidery floss for tassels on each necklace
- Additional floss for cording, or a chain or ribbon
- 1 Jump ring per necklace
- Needle-nose pliers
CREATING THE DESIGN:
Download the PDF for the Mini Beads Tassel Necklaces Project Pattern. Slide the actual-size pattern underneath the pegboard and place your beads as shown.
FUSING THE DESIGN: An adult should do this step.
Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. NOTE: Beads need heat for about 10 seconds per side to fuse evenly; it is possible some colors may need a little more time. DO NOT OVER-IRON, as this could make the assembly more challenging. Let the design cool.
Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. When the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.
Tassels: Add a tassel through each hole in the bottom of your design. (See the project sheet for diagrams.)
- Thread the needle with two 30" pieces of floss and treat them as one. Leaving a 3" tail, run the needle through the hole to create a loop.
- Continue to make a total of three loops, again leaving a tail at the end. This makes the bundle.
- Fold a 10" piece of floss in half and thread the cut ends into the needle. Pass the ends through a loop around the bundle, then wrap the floss tightly around the bundle three times.
- Run the needle through the middle of the bundle. Trim the tassel so it is 2" long. Separate the individual strands of floss with the needle.
Cording: The cord for your necklace can be purchased chain, ribbon, or cord, or you can make your own cord from embroidery thread. For an 18" cord, start with about 36" of thread. You can use multiple colors or all one color. Keep in mind the number of lengths of thread you start with will double when the cord is finished. We suggest you practice with a short length to learn the technique. It might be helpful to have another person assist you. Here are the steps: (See the project sheet for diagrams.)
- Tape one end of the strands securely to a table or counter. Hold the other end so the thread is taut.
- Twist the other end until the strands are tightly twisted. When you think you have enough twists, twist some more! The more twists, the tighter the cord will be.
- Grab the middle of the thread with one hand. Bring the ends together with your other hand.
- Release the middle and allow the strands to twist. Slide your fingers up and down the cording to even out the twists. Knot the ends together in a single overhand knot.
FINAL ASSEMBLY: Add a jump ring through the opening at the top of your design. After you have made your cord, slip it through the jump ring. Tie a knot with the ends below the first knot, then cut off the first knot.