Are you interested in learning wire weaving, but you’re nervous about working with wire? I get it. It’s always a little scary when you start working with new material for the first time. So, I designed these fun and Spooky Halloween Tassel earrings with the absolute beginner in mind.

These cute and flirty earrings are super fun to make, and they’re a great intro to very basic wire work. Some of the foundational skills that we’ll cover in this tutorial include making simple loops, making wrapped loops, and using a bench block and chasing hammer. We’ll also do some very basic wire wrapping to add a bit of texture and interest to the tassel components.

If you’re not new to Door 44 Studios, you’ve probably heard me preach a lot about how wire weaving isn’t everything. Don’t get me wrong. I love the craft, and it’s something I never seem to tire of doing. But any technique, all by itself, can be a little dull. So, one of the things I like to do to keep things interesting is to mix in some different media every now and again.

Mixed Media Jewelry Tutorials

This tutorial is the first of several mixed media projects that I have planned in the coming months. By adding an unexpected material (in this instance, cotton embroidery thread) to jewelry wire, you can inject a lot of personality into even the most basic wire jewelry. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do here. We’ll make some super simple earrings that consist of just three components: a beaded wrapped-loop connector, a simple wire-wrapped tassel component that we’re going to create from scratch, and a pair of ear wires.

It doesn’t get any easier than this. You can make these earrings, from start to finish, in just a few minutes. If you’re an experienced wireworker, feel free to skip over the very detailed steps in this tutorial, which are intended for beginners who may be brand new to working with wire.

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Getting Started

You may use half-hard or dead soft solid jewelry wire for the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings. Because there’s no heat involved, this design works just as well using brass or bronze wire as it does with copper or sterling silver. As usual, you’ll need dead soft wire in the same (or a compatible) alloy for wrapping. If you choose sterling silver for your core wires, I recommend using dead soft fine silver for wrapping.

If you choose to use a filled wire, be aware that parts of these earrings are finished and hardened by hammering the wire. Even light hammering can expose the base metal core in filled wires, which can negatively affect your final finish. As always, I don’t recommend plated or anodized craft wire for these earrings because coated wires can not be hammered without damaging the finish.

How to Choose the Right Jewelry Wire

Jewelry wire is a constant source of confusion for beginners. I remember those days well, and there are far more wires on the market today than there were when I first began making wire jewelry. If you’d like to have a clearer understanding of how to choose the right jewelry wire for wire weaving, be sure to read this post. In it, I share everything you need to know about jewelry wire as you set out on your wire weaving journey.

Materials Needed to Make the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings

These are the materials you'll need to create the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings

The following links are to the same sources that I shopped and the exact materials that I used while writing this tutorial.

Tools Needed to Make the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings

These are the tools needed to create the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings

Finished Size

These earrings have a drop of about 3 inches. The width will depend on the focal beads that you choose to use for your own earrings. It’s very easy to modify the length of these earrings by changing the size or the number of beads that you use on your wrapped loop connector. You can also easily change the length of the tassels. Or just use the tassels alone for a quick pair of colorful earrings. Feel free to experiment with this design and tweak it to suit your personal style.

Skill Level: Beginner

This is a very basic wirework project that can be achieved by someone who has never worked with wire before. More experienced wire workers may find this very detailed tutorial to be a bit tedious. If that’s you, feel free to skip over all the detailed descriptions and make the beaded connector and tassel components your own way.

How to Make the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings

The instructions for these earrings are written for the 3-inch earrings shown above. However, you can make these earrings as long (or as short) as you like. Experiment with different beads and tassel lengths to customize your spooky Halloween earrings to suit you.  

See the Variations section of this tutorial for more ideas about how you can make these earrings uniquely your own.

This is a very long post because I go into great detail for creating each component. So I’ve broken the tutorial into three separate sections:

  1. First, we’ll make the beaded wrapped loop connectors.
  2. Then we’ll create the tassel components.
  3. inally, we’ll assemble the earrings.

If you’re already comfortable with one or more of these processes, feel free to skip over any instructions that you don’t need.

Part 1: Make the Wrapped Loop Connectors

Step 1

Step 1 - Measure and cut two pieces of 22g wire 3-inches long

Straighten some 22ga wire by running it between your fingers or your Nylon jaw pliers. Then measure and cut two 3-inch pieces of wire.

Mark the wires at 1 inch from one end. This is where we’ll begin the first wrapped loop.

Step 2

Step 2 - make a sharp bend on your wires at the 1-inch mark

Grasp your two wires at the mark made in Step 1 with your flat nose pliers. Gripping the wires firmly with your pliers, press your thumb on the tips of the pliers and push on the wires to create a bend at the 1-inch mark.

You don’t want a sharp 90-degree bend. Just bend the wires about 45-degrees or so. As we form the loop in the next step, this angle will help center the loop over the wire shaft.

Step 3

Step 3 - prepare to make the first wrapped loop

Grasp one of the wires at the bend with the tips of your stepped bail-making pliers.

Make sure the 2mm step (the smallest step) is sitting above the bend while the 3mm step is resting inside the bend, as shown.

Step 4

Step 4 - Make the first 2mm loop

Press the wire firmly against the mandrel with your fingers and roll the short end of the wire all the way around the 2mm mandrel until it forms a 90-degree angle with the long end of the wire, as shown.

Step 5

Step 5 - Prepare to secure the loop with wraps

Using your flat nose pliers, firmly grasp the loop that you just made in Step 4.

Step 6

Step 6 - secure the loop with wraps

Use your fingers to wrap the short end of the wire tightly around the long section of wire below the loop.

I like to make three wraps on all my wrapped loops. It doesn’t matter how many wraps you choose to do. Just try to be consistent. Those little details make a big difference in the finished look of your jewelry.

Step 7

Step 7 - trim the excess wire

Use your wire cutters to trim the excess wire close to your wraps.  

Step 8

Step 8 - tuck the cut end of the wire against the core wire shaft

Use your chain nose pliers to tuck the cut end of the wire snuggly around the shaft of the core wire.  

Step 9

Step 9 - Neaten up the wraps on your head pin, if necessary

You should now have a head pin with a 2mm wrapped loop on one end that looks like this.  

If necessary, use your chain nose pliers to gently tighten the wraps around your core wire before proceeding to the next step.

Step 10

Step 10 - Thread your beads onto the head pin

Thread your accent and focal beads onto the head pin in the order that you want them to appear on your finished earrings.

I chose 3mm copper beads and 14 x 13 x 10mm Swarovski faceted skull beads in Crystal Astral Pink here.

Step 11

Step 11 - Start the second loop

Grasp the wire pin just above the beads with your chain nose pliers.

Try to position the pliers at a point that is the same width as the wraps you made on the first wrapped loop. This will allow you to make the same number of wraps on your second 2mm loop that you made on the first loop.

Step 12

Step 12 - Make a bend in the wire above the beads

Use your thumb to firmly bend the pin at a sharp angle against the top edge of the jaws of your chain nose pliers.

This is where you will form your second wrapped loop.

Step 13

Step 13 - The bend should look like this

Again, this angle should be greater than 90 degrees. You want just enough of an angle, as shown, to allow you to center the next loop over the beaded portion of the pin.

Step 14

Step 14 - Prepare to make the second loop

Grasp the wire pin with the tips of your stepped bail-making pliers.

Make sure that the 2mm step (the smallest step) is above the pin while the 3mm step (the second step) is resting in the bend of the wire just above the beads, as shown.

Step 15

Step 15 - Make a 2mm loop

Use your fingers to roll the end of the wire tightly around the 2mm step of your bail-making pliers, as shown.

Keep wrapping until the short end of the wire forms a 90-degree angle with the beaded connector.

Step 16

Step 16 - Adjust the loop, if necessary, before securing with wraps

The loop should look like this before you secure it with the final wraps. Make any necessary adjustments now before completing those wraps.

Step 17

Step 17 - Grasp the loop and prepare to complete the wraps

Grasp the loop firmly with the tips of your flat nose pliers and use your fingers to neatly complete the final wraps.

Be sure to add the same number of wraps that you used on the bottom loop of your beaded connector.

Step 18

Step 18 - secure the loop with the same number of wraps you made on the first loop

Once wrapped, your beaded connector should look something like this. Notice that I ended up with three wraps on both the top and bottom loops.

Also notice that the two loops are perpendicular to one another. This is important so that your earrings hang properly.

Step 19

Step 19 - Trim the excess wire

Use your wire cutters to trim off the excess wire.

Step 20

Step 20 - Tuck the cut end of the wire in with chain nose pliers

Then use the tips of your chain nose pliers to tuck the cut end of the wire against the core wire.

Step 21

Step 21 - Make sure both loops are in the proper position. Adjust, if necessary.

Your first beaded connector is complete. Make sure the loops are perpendicular to one another, as I mentioned in Step 18.

The top loop should be facing forward so you can see through the loop. This allows the beaded connector to hang straight down from the ear wire.

The bottom loop should be facing sideways so all you can see is the edge of the wire. This allows the tassel component to hang straight down from the beaded connector. If necessary, grasp one loop with your flat nose pliers and the other with your chain nose pliers and twist the loops into the proper position.

Step 22

Step 22 - Repeat steps 3 through 21 to create the matching beaded connector. As shown in this image, I created both the Skull and Scarab versions of the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings.

Repeat Steps 3 through 21 to complete your pair of matching beaded connectors.

As you can see here, I use both the Swarovski faceted skull beads and the scarab beetle beads to make two pairs of Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings.

Part 2: Make the Tassel Components

Step 1

Step 1 - Measure and cut two pieces of 20g wire 2-inches long

Straighten a length of 20ga wire by running it between your fingers or the jaws of your Nylon jaw pliers a few times. Once the wire is straight, measure and cut two 2-inch pieces of wire.

Use your needle file to remove any burrs from the ends of the wires, if necessary.

Step 2

Step 2 - Begin a 2mm simple loop on one end of the wire

Using the 2mm step (the smallest step) on your stepped bail-making pliers, grasp the very tip of one wire firmly with your pliers, as shown.

Step 3

Step 3 - Complete the simple loop.

Press the wire firmly against the 2mm mandrel (the smallest step) with your fingers. Roll the wire all the way around the mandrel until the tip of the cut end touches the long shaft of the wire, as shown.

Step 4

Step 4 - Your simple loop should look something like this. Make any adjustments that are necessary before proceeding to the next step.

You’ve just created a simple loop. If necessary, use your bail-making pliers again to neaten your loop until it looks just like the one shown here.

Step 5

Step 5 - Prepare to make a 6mm simple loop

We’re now going to create a 6mm loop beneath the small simple loop that you just made. Grasp the wire between the 4mm and 6mm steps on your bail-making pliers (the middle two steps).

Make sure that the 2mm simple loop you just created is resting on top of the 4mm step, as shown.

Step 6

Step 6 - Complete a 6mm simple loop directly beneath the 2mm simple loop.

Using your thumb, press the wire firmly against the 6mm step on your bail-making pliers and roll the wire as far as you can around that step.

Step 7

Step 7 - Tighten the 6mm loop to prepare for the final 2mm loop.

Release the pressure on your pliers and slide the 2mm simple loop away from the 4mm step until you can clearly see the cut end of the wire forming that little loop.

Then push the shaft of the wire that’s curved around the 6mm loop a bit further until that wire lines up perfectly with the cut end of the 2mm simple loop.

This completes your 6mm loop, which is where we’ll attach the tassels.

Step 8

Step 8 - Prepare to make the final 2mm simple loop.

Reposition your tassel component so the small simple loop that you made in Step 3 is again on the 2mm step of your bail-making pliers.

The excess wire that extends beyond the 6mm loop that you just made should be resting below the 2mm mandrel, as shown.

Step 9

Step 9 - Begin the final 2mm simple loop.

Use your fingers to roll the wire tail firmly against the 2mm mandrel as far as you can go. This is the beginning of the third and final simple loop on this component.

Step 10

Step 10 - Complete the final 2mm simple loop.

Rotate your wire component a bit so you can grasp both small simple loops with the 2mm step on your bail-making pliers.

Then complete the last 2mm loop by pressing the wire tail firmly against the mandrel and rolling it until the wire tail aligns with the top curve of the 6mm loop, as shown.

Step 11

Step 11 - Trim the excess wire from your finished loop.

Use flush wire cutters to trim the excess wire tail off. Be careful to cut only the wire tail on the last 2mm simple loop that you just made.

Step 12

Step 12 - Your wire tassle loop should look something like this. Make any adjustments that are necessary before proceeding to the next step.

Your finished tassel loop should look like the one shown here. Use your bail-making pliers and/or your chain nose pliers to neaten up the loops, if necessary.

Repeat Steps 2 through 12 to complete your pair of tassel loops.

Step 13

Step 13 - Work harden the wire tassel loops with a bench bloc and chasing hammer. Be careful to avoid marring the two 2mm simple loops.

We’re now going to work harden our tassel loops with a chasing hammer and bench block. Gently flatten just the bottom edge of the 6mm loop by tapping lightly with your chasing hammer.

It doesn’t take much force to flatten the wire, so don’t swing your hammer with a heavy grip on the handle. Just lift the head of the hammer an inch or so above the surface of the wire and let it fall.

The weight of the head alone is all that’s needed. Be sure that you’re holding the hammer lightly in your hand near the back of the handle, which is shaped to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand.

Step 14

Step 14 - Patina your wire components now, if you want your Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings to have an antiqued finish.

If you want to patina your wire, do it now. This step is not necessary. Bare copper or sterling silver wire will oxidize naturally with exposure to air. So you may proceed directly to Step 15 if you like.

If you do choose to patina your wire components, be sure to cut a 24-inch piece of 28g wire, which we’ll use to secure the tassels to the loops we just made. Be sure to patina that wire as well.

Are you curious about how to patina wire jewelry? Check out my free 7-step patina tutorial.

Step 15

Step 15 -  Prepare your tassel fibers.

Using the tassel-making method of your choice, wrap 10 to 12 loops of cotton or nylon embroidery thread around a 3-inch wide space. The tool that I’m using allows me to create two 1-1/2-inch tassels at a time, which I’ll demonstrate in the following steps.

This is one of the things I love most about the Knotty do-it-all. This tool isn’t necessary. You can use any method you like to create your tassels. But if you’re like me, and you also like working with jewelry cord on a regular basis, this tool is invaluable. I have both the small and the large Knotty do-it-all boards, and I love them! I’m not a sales affiliate. Just a big fan.

Step 16

Step 16 - Prepare your wire tassel loop.

Use your fingers or your pliers to open a small gap between the two 2mm simple loops at the top of your wire tassel loops.

Step 17

Step 17 - Slip the wire loop onto your tassel fibers. Be sure to capture all the fibers within the loop.

Slide the wire tassel loop onto your tassel threads. Make sure that you capture all the tassel threads within the 6mm loop on your wire component.

Repeat on the other end of your tassel threads with the second wire loop.

Step 18

Step 18 - Stretch the tassel fibers between the two wire loops.

Now thread a piece of scrap wire or cord through the two small loops on each of your wire loop components and secure those scrap cords on either end of the fiber tassel loops.

I used scrap pieces of waxed jewelry cord, which holds firmly in the clips on my Knotty do-it-all. If you’re using the Knotty do-it-all, you can now remove the two pegs that you used to create your fiber loops.

Step 19

Step 19 - Begin wrapping the tassel fibers with 28g wire.

Cut a 12-inch piece of 28g dead soft wire. Find the center of that wire and make one wrap around the tassel fibers just below the wire loop.

Pull the 28g wire as snug as you can get it.

Step 20

Step 20 - Finish securing the tassel fibers with 28g wire.

Now wrap each end of the 28g wire snugly and neatly around the tassel fibers four times. This gives you eight wraps of wire around your tassel fibers.

I like to keep my wraps neatly aligned, but you can also create a messy wrap if you’re going for a more rustic look for your earrings.  

Step 21

Step 21 - Secure the wrapping wire by twisting the two ends together once or twice.

We’re now going to secure the 28g wire by twisting the two wires around one another once or twice.

This is going to be the backside of our tassels, so don’t worry. The twist won’t be visible from the front. Just make sure that you center the twist on the 6mm wire loop.

Repeat Steps 19 through 21 on the remaining wire loop.

Step 22

Step 22 - Cut the two tassels apart.

Once both tassels are secured with 28g wire, you can now cut the two tassels apart in the middle.

Locate the center point between your two tassels and cut the tassel fibers at that point with sharp scissors.

Step 23

Step 23 - Complete the tassel components by coiling the remaining 28g wire around the 6mm simple loop.

This last step gives your tassel loops a bit of texture and interest. It also helps to secure the tassel fibers to your wire loops.

Take the ends of the 28g wire and neatly coil the wire around the 6mm wire loop on either side of the tassel.

Continue coiling until you reach the 2mm simple loop on each side of the 6mm loop. Break or trim your 28g wire at that point and repeat on the other side of the loop with the remaining piece of 28g wire.

Repeat this step on the remaining tassel.

Part 3: Assemble the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings

Step 1

Step 1 - Open one small loop on the tassel

Use your chain nose pliers to gently open one simple 2mm loop on one of your tassels.

Step 2

Step 2 - thread the bottom wrapped loop on the beaded connector onto the open tassle loops.

Thread the bottom loop of a beaded connector onto the open loop and close the loop again.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the second 2mm loop of your tassel.

Step 3

Step 3 - Make sure your beaded coponent and tassel are facing forward

Check to make sure that the front of the tassel is facing forward before attaching your ear wire.

If not, just spin the wire on the beaded connector 180 degrees.

Step 4

Step 4 - Open the simple loop on your ear wire

Use your chain nose pliers to open the simple loop on your ear wire.

Step 5

Step 5 - Thread the ear wire onto the top loop of your beaded connector. Make sure all components are facing forward

Thread the ear wire through the top loop on your beaded connector. Again, make sure that everything is facing forward before securing the loop on your ear wire.

Step 6

Step 6 - Close the simple loop on your ear wire

Use your chain nose pliers to close the simple loop on the ear wire.

Repeat Steps 4 through 6 on the remaining earring.

Step 7

Step 7 - Use a fine-tooth comb to separate the twisted strands of fiber and fluff the tassels. And that's it. Your Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings are ready to wear!

Use a fine-tooth comb to gently comb through your tassels. This separates the twisted strands of thread and fluffs your tassel.

If you want to shorten your tassels or touch up the cut edge, trim them now.

And that’s it! Your Spooky Halloween Earrings are complete. Put them on and make sure they fit comfortably and that everything hangs correctly. If not, make any final adjustments.

Next Steps

Variations of the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings

As this image illustrates, it's  easy to adapt the Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings to any season or holiday by simply changing the color of the tassels and the beads. You can even eliminate the beaded connector entirely and use the tassels alone.

The Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings can be easily adapted for any season or holiday by simply switching out the beads and thread colors. Experiment with different bead sizes and shapes until you achieve a few looks that you love.

Try switching up the lengths of your tassels to make your earrings longer or shorter. You can even use the tassels alone. Just hang them on ear wires for a super quick and easy pop of color.

These earrings are so fun and comfortable to wear that you’ll find yourself reaching for them again and again. I have a pair of green tassel earrings featuring the copper butterfly beads shown above (left) that I wear pretty much all summer long.

Finishing Suggestions

I usually patina all my copper and silver jewelry with Liver of Sulfur (LOS), and then I polish the jewelry in my Loretone double barrel tumbler. Because of the tassels, though, it’s not a great idea to get these earrings wet. So, you have two options.

First, you can leave the earrings unfinished and simply dry polish them with a Sunshine® polishing cloth. That’s what I did with the bright colored tassel earrings shown above. The unfinished wire will oxidize naturally with exposure to air.

Secondly, you can patina all your wire components before adding the tassels which is what I did on the skull and scarab earrings I made while writing this tutorial.

If you’d like to learn more about how to patina and tumble polish wire jewelry, check out the following free tutorials on my blog:

Thank You!

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed creating the fun and flirty Spooky Halloween Earrings. If you’d like a printable PDF version of this tutorial, you can find it here.

Also, be sure to favorite my Etsy shop for the latest printable PDF tutorials. And I’d love to see what you’ve made and hear your ideas and suggestions for new tutorials and blog posts. So, be sure to connect with me @door44studios on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Until next time, go make something beautiful!

~Wendi

Pin the Spooky Halloween Earrings Tutorial for Later

How adorable are these Spooky Halloween Tassel Earrings? And they're super easy to make, even if you've never tried working with wire before! I'll walk you through the process, step-by-step in this very detailed and FREE tutorial, which is geared toward those who have never worked with wire. This design is so versatile and fun, you'll want to make earrings for every season and every holiday!