Well, if only the top hole was bigger! Then it would have worked better - as it was, I had to improvise since the thread wouldn't fit when I needed to make the 2nd join. I'll make the top hole bigger on the next batch of polymer clay teardrop shapes. I don't know why this idea hadn't occurred to me before.
The chain with the bead is suspended using a regular jump ring. I used a "split" or coiled jump ring for attaching the tatting at the top.