Love a Tree? Make a Tassel Necklace

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About: Making jewelry is my passion. Besides the innate beauty of metal, my creations are inspired by found objects and green materials. I love the challenge of of construction and design. I have had to turn to man...

Intro: Love a Tree? Make a Tassel Necklace

 Want to hug your tree and have it hug you back? Then, use it to make some "faux fringe" jewelry using a palm leaf.

Step 1: Prune Your Palm

Prune your palm. Cut out a section and roll it and let it dry. It can be further trimmed later.

Step 2: Gather Some Supplies

Strip some electrical wire for the main necklace. I already had this scrap brass. I choose two beads from my old necklaces to use with the palm tassel.

Step 3: Get Those Pliers and Wirecutters

Grab your pliers and wire cutters. Round pliers for making curves and flat pliers for crimping and bending the wire together with no loose edges.

Step 4: Wire the Recycled Beads

I started by bending the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop at the top and the bottom. Use wire cutters to clip off the overlapping wire.

Step 5: Form a Clasp

Now measure the wire comfortably around your neck, mark and cut. Sand the ends. Bend wire ends into loops that will form an interlocking clasp.

Step 6: Save a Wire and Reuse

You can strip some electrical wire if you have it available. My old wire was pretty banged up so I "whacked" it a bit with a hammer for a dimpled texture. (Truly, I just love to bang on things!)

Step 7: Wrap Your Palm Tassel

Use some thinner wire to wrap the palm. "Hug your palm tightly."! Include a loop at the top to attach to the beads.

Step 8: Embellish With Gold Enamel Paint (Optional)

One option you have is to use a highlighting brush stroke of gold enamel paint to the palm frond. Remember just a touch to maintain the natural beauty of the palm.

Step 9: Connect and Show Your "Green" Colors

Connect the elements and your "Palm Frond Tassel" is lovingly ready to wear!

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    joppenheimer

    5 years ago on Introduction

    "Exterior to interior" - can't wait to see your Instructable! Good idea.

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    BLASTFEMI

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is so great! I can think of some cute interior decorating that can be done with this tassel too. Thanks for sharing!

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    groovymama

    5 years ago

    Haha! Thanks for the info.

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    groovymama

    5 years ago

    I love that? Is there anything you have to do to keep it from disintegrating? Or does it last just like that?

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    joppenheimergroovymama

    Reply 5 years ago

    I did spray with a matte finish but other pieces that I made for earrings really held up well with no spray. If for some reason a fossil of this piece is found in the future it will really mess up geologic history!

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    groovymama

    5 years ago

    Oops. Wasn't supposed to be a question mark on "I love it!!!!!!"