Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DIY Isabel Marant tassels earrings

lightweight, colorful and with silk tassels... 
DIY your Isabel Marant earrings!

These earring where calling my DIY name, 
 I made them using my favorite spring/summer colors

left: Isabel Marant tassels Earrings on polyvore - collage by moi

--> DIY tassels earrings: supplies

Note: I used all sterling silver components because silver is the one metal that doesn't give me allergies. The original Isabel Marant earrings are actually brass which is a  much, much cheaper metal.

* 2 sterling silver earring hooks (Sterling Silver Ear Wire French Hook Earwires Coil Ball)
* 2 sterling silver cord ends (Sterling Silver Bright 4mm Round Leather Cord End Cap)
* sterling silver wire 24 Gauge half hard (Sterling Silver Wire 24 Gauge Round Half Hard (Qty=5 Feet))
* 2x 3 links of chain (or connect 3 jumprings)
* round nose pliers (Artistic Wire Round Nose Pliers)
* scissors
* 4 small beads - 2 larger beads
* a small piece of light silk (the size of a tissue) (I used the last small piece of silk used for this bracelet)
* not pictured: matching thread and E-6000 glue

making the silk tassel : tutorial

1* make a little cut with the scissors, to be able to rip apart a strip of 1" width 
2* rip apart 7 strips of 1" width silk (5 would have been enough) and 2 strips 5/8" width
3* cut the wider strips at 3-1/2" length - use the thin strips and 5 1" x 3-1/2" for each tassel\
4* place the strips slightly overlapped onto the thin strip of silk
5* tie a double knot (without pulling the central strip too much)
6* dip in water and squeeze in your hand to obtain the messy look of the tassel
7* use a matching thread and wrap few times around the top to create the tassel
8* cut the bottom part to make it even and rub it with your fingers to fray the edges
9* cut the ties at 1/2" from the knot

connect the beads to the earrings hooks

1* thread the beads into the wire
2* connect the three chain links into the loop
3* wrap the loop around and cut the excess wire

1* open the earring hooks pulling the wire to the side (or afterwards won't close as well)
2* connect the chain links to the earring hook and close it 
3* connect the other side of the wire to the cord end
4* wrap the loop around and cut the excess wire

connect the silk tassels to the earrings

1* open the cord end and place a drop of E-6000 onto the silk tassel ties
2* place the ties inside the cord end and use the pliers to close firmly one side of the cord end
3* close the other part of the cord end and let the glue dry completely

and from few years back ... the feathers version: check

xox, d.

keep in touch! 


  1. Very well done! Love that blue colour of your fabric.
    xo, lici

  2. Yours look great! Can't even tell the difference.

  3. As always Donatella - your version looks every bit as good, if not better than the original! Great work! gorgeous earrings.

  4. Veramente molto carini e facili da realizzare! Brava Donatella!
    (I tuoi mi piacciono di più!) ;-)


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