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« on: February 14, 2018 07:36:18 AM »

The edges of an old wooden spool were painted with nail polish. Despite the noxious fumes it's one of my favourite things to paint items like this with because it comes in every imaginable colour, can be had for a buck or 2 at a dollar store, the containers are small enough that many are easily stored without taking up much space, it sticks to nearly anything, dries quickly, and can be layered any way you like.

I used beading end caps that have a much smaller hole than the spool. To keep them lined up neatly I found some small wooden beads to wedge into the spool opening. I painted the beads the same silver as the spool ends, this was to blend in the colour but also to secure the beads even more. A thick layer of polish acts a bit like glue.

I've been all about rainbow everything for months now so sorted out the beads to make a pattern. Random is just as nice looking though, do what you like. It's good to thread the string (I used dental floss) through a single bead at the ends of the spool to help with alignment. I chose to bead 2 strands to dangle in the tassel but you can tie off anywhere you wish so long as you leave something to attach the tassel to. Try to do it where the knot and thread ends will not show. Adding a small bead of strong glue at the knot is a great way to ensure it stays tied.

Use a prefab tassel or make one yourself anyhow you like. I made a tassel out of thin strips of fabric scraps left over from another project. Stacked in colours and stitched to another strip of fabric then trimmed across the bottom. The fabric strip everything is stitched too will get folded over and the whole line of strips rolled up and sewn together. I did stitch those strands of beads to the inside of that roll, that's how the tassel is secured in place.

The strip of fabric on the spool can be secured with glue but I just stitched tightly at the join and that was strong enough to keep it in place. I'm thinking about what sort of message to add, stitched, stamped, something... we shall see Smiley

The closure can be a button sewn to the strip or a thin bit of ribbon that wraps around, a string tied in a bow, or a button on a bit of elastic like I did.

I thought about hanging this in the car but realized the loop is too small to get over the rearview mirror and too long to hang it off of something else so it will live in the craft room instead and I'll make another for the car with an openable loop. I'll post photos of that when it's finished.
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018 07:49:57 AM »

Beautiful Smiley

I used a hair tie to loop mine around the mirror in my car if you still want to try that option. Wink

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018 08:04:30 AM »

So cheery and fun! I really like how as a whole it is plenty charming, but that you can look closely and find all kinds of details.

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018 12:42:38 PM »

This is wonderful!  Thanks so much for sharing how it is made.  I need to make one to hang on my purse  Smiley

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