Ever feel equal parts edgy and feminine? If your answer is yes, then this DIY necklace project is just for you. This jewelry tutorial is perfect for those days when you want to stand out from the crowd. The white pearls have that classic look, while the gray pearls and metal spikes counteract them in an offbeat way. The techniques used in this project are also great for practicing basic jewelry making methods. Keep reading to see how to make it!
– 8mm small white pearl beads (21)*
– 12mm medium gray pearl beads (14)*
– 12mm medium white pearl beads (12)*
– 20mm large white pearl beads (3)*
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– Large jewelry clasp
– 10-12mm jump ring (1)
– 6mm jump rings (4)
– 20 gauge jewelry wire
– Metal cone bead caps (3)
– 2-inch eye pins (3)
*Feel free to use pearls in sizes that you like best; these measurements are just the sizes of the pearls I happened to use. Like many other beads, pearls are available in such a wide range of sizes, so keep your options open! You also don’t even have to use white and gray if you want an entirely different look.
1. Using the cutting portion of the pliers, cut a strand of wire measuring 2 inches. This is much more than you’ll actually use, but I typically like to start with too much just to be safe. After all: you can always take away, but you can’t add back!
2. At one end, bend 1/2 inch of the wire sideways.
3. Bend to create a loop.
4. Add one large white pearl to the wire.
5. Trim the wire, leaving 1/2 inch.
6. Create a loop, just as you did in Steps 2 and 3.
7. Repeat Steps 1-6 with the remaining two large pearls.
8. Repeat Steps 1-6 for four gray pearls.
9. Using the pliers, take one of the large white pearls and open up a loop.
10. Attach to a gray pearl bead.
11. Close up the loop with the flat portion of the jewelry pliers.
12. Repeat Steps 9-11, alternating between large white pearls and gray medium pearls. This completes the center strand of the necklace.
13. Create two more strands with the remaining medium-sized pearls, alternating between gray and white. Each strand should have 6 white pearls and 5 gray pearls.
14. Attach the two strands from Step 13 to the ends of the center strand. Set aside.
15. Add a metal cone bead cap and small white pearl to the a head pin. Trim the wire, leaving about 1/2 inch.
16. Bend the wire to create a loop.
17. Create two strands of small pearls, using three in each.
18. Attach both strands to a jump ring, followed by the pearl/cone charm. Close the jump ring.
19. Attach the end of one 3-pearl strand to the side of a large pearl bead. Note that it is attached to the loop of an adjacent gray pearl bead.
20. Attach the end of the second 3-pearl strand to the other side of the large pearl.
21. Repeat Steps 15-20 for the next two large pearl beads.
22. Attach the jewelry clasp and large jump ring to the ends of the necklace.
Make a statement just by wearing your brand new necklace.
I’m loving the way it falls when worn. How would you style this piece?
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)
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