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I made a necklace with a large lampwork focal and a fiber tassel based on a tutorial Kay Goss of Star’s Beads did for The Great Bead Extravaganza. I loved it so much, I wanted to make more. I bought some great chain, tassel caps and Tennessa McLean lampwork focals from Star’s Beads, and made another! I also caught the fiber bug and can neither confirm nor deny that I’ve place multiple orders to Stitch Whimsy Market on etsy.

Necklace with large cream and dark red focal with an abstract design, copper chain and findings and a variety of colors and textures of fiber in a tassel.

I chose copper metals to go with this bead. In addition to the focal, I added a little raku bead I got as one of the 25 Beads of Christmas from Candie Cooper’s fun bead advent calendar that really brightened my December last year.

I felt like I’d made the tassel a bit too floofy, but it was hard to pare down the fibers since I have so many good ones. It doesn’t help that the flattened bead cap makes the tassel flare out into an “A” shape. I ended up trimming a few so they weren’t all the same length, cutting a couple of wider ones in half and trying to pare it down.

A wider shot of the necklace with copper chain and findings, a large, lentil shaped dark red and cream patterned focal and multiple colors and textures of fiber made into a tassel.

It’s still floofy, but I just love all the colors and textures so much, I think I’ll leave it. Nothing wrong with having a real showstopper tassel once in a while. These necklaces are so fun to make. I’m so glad I saw Kay’s tutorial!

Presenters from The Great Bead Extravaganza gave some great tips on a variety of things this past week for what has traditionally been Small Business Week. You can see the replay of videos about creating a customer persona, branding your business with great packaging, using social media to promote your business, pricing your items and more! There will also be a Midsummer Extravaganza coming up June 12th – 13th with a preview night on June 11th. All you have to do is join The Great Bead Extravaganza page to access all the free content.