Today I’m thrilled to bring you the first in a two part series with Holst + Lee. I’ve long admired the brand and could not believe it when they wanted to work together on this. I spent Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn with Natalie (Holst) who is one half of the designer duo, and have to tell you… she is really, really cool. (Case in point: She picked me up in a bright blue truck, wearing a floral dress that was backwards.. but looked way better that way). We had a few mimosas and spent the afternoon making these earrings and a necklace (sneak peek here… tutorial coming on Friday)!
Psst… For some non-DIY earrings, I am obsessed with these… have been eyeing ‘em since their preview a few months ago!
(we’ll use the rest of the supplies in part two!)
Begin making the earring by stringing a bead onto an eyepin, followed by a cap bead. Trim the eyepin (leave about 3/8″ of wire above the beads) and then form a loop.
Connect the eyepin to the post or ear wire, and then we’ll go about forming the tassels. To make the tassel, you take the fringe trim and tightly roll it… until you get about the width of your endcap. We just eyeballed it, but if you wanted to, you could measure.
When you get to your desired width, take a needle and thread and stick it through the wrapped trim. Wrap the thread around a few times, and then stick it back in. Cut the very top of the trim off, and seal it by lighting it with a match and melting the top. Apply a drop of E6000 glue, and jam it into the end cap. Done. Keep these instructions in mind for Friday… you’ll need them for the necklace!
Sidebar: I’ve made a lot of tassels in my life… this is the easiest, quickest, and most effective. You learn something new every day!
Attach your tassel to the bead/endcap combo and you are ready to go!