How to Make a Puka Shell Necklace


Puka shells are the epitome of a casual, beach style in personal accessory design. Most often depicted in bright white shell necklaces, tiger puka shells may also have brown markings. To make a puka shell necklace, look for puka shell beads from online and local bead suppliers. Puka shell beads are most often sold as chips with center drilled holes, but other shapes are also available. Design a solid puka shell choker or include puka shells in combination with other styles of beads to create a necklace to fit your personal style.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Beading wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp bead
  • Clasp
  • Crimping pliers
  • Puka shell chip beads
  • Round nose pliers
  • Split jump ring
  • Paua shell pendant
  • Cut a length of beading wire 6 inches longer than the desired length of the puka shell necklace.

  • Thread a crimp bead followed by one section of the selected necklace clasp 3 inches over one end of the wire.

  • Fold the wire around the necklace clasp hook and back through the crimp bead. Press the crimp bead onto both wires with crimping pliers.

  • Thread puka shell beads to the halfway point in the necklace design. The first few puka shells should fit over both strands of wire exiting the crimp bead.

  • Open a split jump ring with round nose pliers. Thread the open ring through the hole at the top of a paua shell pendant. Close the jump ring. The shimmering colors of the paua shell pair well with the bright white of the puka shells. Other shell pendants that work well with puka shells are black, brown and golden lip shells.

  • Thread the jump ring attached to the paua pendant over the open end of the beading wire to the center of the necklace. Continue adding puka shell beads to within 3 inches of the end of the beading wire.

  • Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to add the remaining section of clasp to the end of the puka shell necklace.

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