Oscar, Oscar, Oscar… Could his designs possibly be any more elegant? Fit for a queen – or lady of leisure; everything he sends down the runway never fails to impress (and inspire lust in the hearts of the rest of us.) When I spotted these Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings I fell in love. And in cobalt blue no less… positively enchanting. Alas, they are not exactly budget-friendly.
- Silver ear wires
- 2 Silver-tone cap beads
- 2 Silver & Crystal disk beads
- Pre-strung cobalt blue seed beads
- Beading thread
More… after the jump!
Start by taking seven strands of beads and tying a knot at the the top of them. Allow about 4-5 inches, and then cut them apart.
Make each strand about 2.5″ long (you can vary it based on your preference,) and double knot each strand at the end. To reinforce each strand, add a seed bead to the end of each knot… this will ensure that beads do not slip off.
Cut the strand just before the top knot.
Thread a piece (about 6-7″) of beading thread through your knot.
String on the disk bead and then the cap…
Add a seed bead to one of the ends, and then tie a knot at the top.
Tie on the earring hook and your done. For extra credit, reinforce the ends and all knots with a tiny bit of Fray Check. Use a toothpick to ensure precision.
If you had used black beading thread, you wouldn’t have the threads showing at the ends of the tassels, that doesn’t look very nice. An easier way to do it would be to string the number of beads you want to make your tassel the right length, then skipping the last bead, pass the needle back thru the next beads clear to the top of the tassel, then tie your knot. Do this on each tassel and you will have much better looking earrings.
You could take that suggestion one step further and use thread which is the same color as the beads (or as close as possible. I agree the white thread with the blue beads looks tacky and amateurish.
I forgot all about these type of earrings.
Thank you for bringing them back!!
Splendid idea! Looks elegant too! I must try it.
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Well, I think they are lovely. Thank you. I will be making a pair (or two) for myself. Every blessing to you.