How to make a pearl necklace

Introduction: Beebeecraft Instructions on How to Make Strand Pink Pearl Necklace

How to make a pearl necklace

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How to make a pearl necklace

How to make a pearl necklace

How to make a pearl necklace

Summary: Pearl beads jewelry is always elegant and beautiful so that many girls admire them very much. Have you been attracted by the following strand pink pearl bead necklace?

This triple strand pearl necklace can dress up in any outfit of party and any important occasions even in office. It is so useful and only looks expensive. But you can make them by yourselves at home in fact. I will share this Beebeecraft tutorial of pink pearl necklace with you now

Follow me to learn how to make a triple strand pearl necklace step by step!

Step 1: Supplies Needed for the Feather Dangle Earrings:

8mm Dyed pink Glass Pearl Round Bead Strands

6mm Dyed pink Glass Pearl Round Bead Strands

10mm white Glass Pearl Beads Strands

9x3mm Iron Bead Tips Knot Covers

0.3mm LightGrey Tiger Tail

4×0.7mm Silver-color Iron Eyepins

Step 2: String the First Strand for Making Triple Strand Pearl Necklace

1st, cut off about 30cm tiger wire, slide a bead tips onto the wire and pass the wire, and then slide a pinch the bead with flat nose pliers;

2nd, slide a 8mm pink pearl to the wire followed by a 2mm white pearl beads;

3rd, repeat this pattern for several times to make the basic pattern of the pearl necklace and slide another bead tips on the end;

Step 3: String the Second Strand for Making Pink Strand Pearl Necklace

Do the same pattern as the last step to make another strand.

Step 4: Add the Rhinestone Bridge Spacer

1st, add a rhinestone bridge spacer to the eyepins, along with a 10mm pink glass pearl, a rhinestone spacers beads, one more 10mm pink glass pearl beads, and a rhinestone bridge spacer;

2nd, make a loop of the eyepins with the pliers;

3rd, add 2 more patterns like before (as shown in the picture);

Step 5: Finish Making Strand Pearl Necklace

1st, thread a 6mm pink pearl bead to a 4.0cm silver eyepin. Repeat this step to make more such patterns, and thread a 8mm white pear, a rhinestone spacers beads and a 6mm pink glass pearl in sequence to a 4.0cm silver eyepin;

2nd, connect these patterns by making a loop of these eyepins;

3rd, repeat to make 2 more shorter pearl bead chains like before;

4th, connect the 3 pearl chains patterns with the rhinestone bridge spacer patterns (as shown in the picture); 5th, attach the dangle patterns with the 2 strand necklace pattern finished before by the bead tips knot covers with the loops of the eyepins together.

Step 6: Here Is the Final Look of the Two-strand Pink Pearl Necklace.

Wow! This tutorial on how to make a strand pearl necklace is done! Do you like this handmade pink pearl bead necklace? If you need an accessory for your summer dresses, you can DIY a two-strand pearl necklace follow the beebeecraft tutorial. By the way, while grouping pearl beads with eye pins, be cautious to keep your hands away from being hurt by the pliers and sharp tip on pins.

Learn how to make a pearl necklace, pearl bracelets, and DIY pearl earrings in this collection!

By: Maggie Flynn, Editor,

How to make a pearl necklace

By: Maggie Flynn, Editor,

Pearls have been a jewelry staple since the beginning of time, and we’ve all seen some variant of the classic pearl necklace on a grandmother or aunt. You may just think of pearl jewelry as vintage and formal. However, there’s far more to pearl jewelry than your grandma’s jewelry box.

The various colors and types of pearl beads allow them to make fascinating jewelry pieces of all styles, sizes, and colors. There’s no better time to try a DIY jewelry project with pearls than the present when all kinds of styles are at your fingertips. These different pearl jewelry projects really bring a twist and new element to your typical classic pearl necklace, and it’s awesome. Check out how to make a DIY pearl necklace that stands out, stunning earrings that look like they came from a department store, and more.

Check out this collection of 54 Pearl Jewelry Tutorials and see how far pearls have come since their vintage jewelry days. While there is nothing wrong with a classic pearl necklace, these tutorials can show you how to stand out when you wear your pearl jewelry!

Plus: want to learn how to make a pearl necklace that’ll turn heads? Watch the video below to learn how to customize the colors of your pearls:

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DIY Pearl Necklaces

Pretty Pearl Necklaces! The pearl DIY necklace is a jewelry classic, so much so that it’s regarded as an essential piece of any woman’s collection. There’s a timeless elegance to the smooth look of a simple pearl necklace, but there’s no need to confine oneself to a single necklace type.

If you want to learn how to make a pearl necklace, there are a variety of versions you can try. A necklace with pearls might have multiple strands, ribbon trimming, or chainmaille work. Perhaps the quick work of knotting is more to your taste, and if so, it’s easy to incorporate some pearl trimming. Whatever your taste in necklaces, you will find that learning how to make a pearl necklace is great for making your style your own.

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A classic white pearl necklace is a staple of a pearl lovers collection. There are multiple types of white pearl necklaces which we shall discuss here.

A traditional white pearl necklace from Japan consists of Akoya pearls. These necklaces have worn since the Japanese started culturing pearls in 1906. Akoya pearls made pearls affordable and accessible to millions who could not pay the stratospheric prices of Natural pearls. Coco Chanel would not leave her apartment without dressing up with ropes of her favourite white pearl necklaces in differing lengths. Marilynne Monroe, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy Onassis were all classic, world famous women who loved to wear cultured pearls. These Akoya Pearl necklaces could be graduated in size usually from 3 to 7 millimetres or in uniform sizes made up of 5,6,7,8,9,even 10 millimetres.

Pearl necklaces strung to various lengths depending on the style the customer requires, each length has a universal name, these are;

  • A choker is a 16 inches long;
  • A Princess length is 18 inches;
  • A Matinee is a 22 inches;

An Opera length white pearl necklace is 32 inches long, which is a double strand.

These lengths are the same whether your white pearl necklace is made up of akoya cultured pearls or Chinese freshwater pearls or south sea cultured pearls or Natural pearls.

Chinese freshwater pearls have been a staple of the pearl business since the 1970’s and are much lower priced than cultured pearls due to the fact that they are mass produced as farmers are able to cultivate multiple pearls in a single mollusc rather than the one pearl per oyster limit in south sea cultured pearling. As an everyday extremely affordable option for a white pearl necklace you cannot go wrong with freshwater pearls.

Increasingly rare these days, a white pearl necklace made up of Natural pearls are most often only able to be purchased at auction or in a few select estate dealing retailers and antique dealers worldwide. The usual size of these types of natural white pearl necklaces is well over ten thousand dollars In 1917, The Cartier brothers; Louis and Pierre swapped two white natural pearl necklaces and one hundred dollars in exchange for a mansion that became The Cartier flagship store located on Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street with Mr Morton Plant for his wife Maisie to wear.

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How to make a pearl necklace

South Sea White Pearl Necklaces

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More About Pearl Necklaces

A white pearl necklace made up of white south sea cultured pearls makes for an amazing statement piece of jewellery. There are various sizes and shapes one can choose from. For a classic round white south sea pearl necklace one can choose a graduated size or uniform size. The average of the Australian white pearl harvest is 12 millimetres. The average of the Indonesian white pearl harvest is 10 millimetres. A graduated white south sea pearl necklace can be anywhere between 9 and 21 millimetres and usually the graduation is around 3 millimetres as in 9-12 mm, 10-13 mm, 13-15 mm and so on. Pearls ranging from 15 – 18 millimetres makes a magnificent white pearl necklace and a round clean necklace of this size can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In constructing, designing and creating a white round pearl necklace one can first pick the centre pearl and then work outwards selecting pearls that match this centre pearl. The pearls should match in colour or tone of white, lustre and cleanliness of skin. If the necklace maker creates a white pearl necklace of lower lustre or more spotting the price will be ten to twenty times less than a clean skinned very bright necklace.

A white pearl necklace of south sea pearls from the Pinctada Maxima pearl bearing oyster can be made in any size from 9 to 21 millimetres (the size range of south sea pearls) and with any shape and all shapes are popular; round, near round, drop, oval, button, semi baroque and baroque.

Lustre is an important component in selecting a white pearl necklace and the basic rule is the better the coating of nacre in cultured pearls, the better and stronger and brighter the lustre.

Cleanliness of the pearl surface and skin is also important in determining the prices in a white pearl necklace with the cleaner pearls costing the most.

We would be amiss if we did not mention necklaces can be made out of Keshi pearls, the small sized natural by-product of the culturing process. Keshi pearls make beautiful white pearl necklaces. Keshi comes from the Japanese word meaning poppyseed or small thing. Keshi’s come in round and drop and baroque shapes. Since the Keshi pearls are all nacre they have very high grade lustre for the most part and so a white pearl necklace made up of Keshi pearls is a really beautiful item and immensely popular.

5 Things To Notice In Your Pearl Necklace

by, Tokyo, Japan.

Hello Proud Pearl Owners

As part of our belief in educating our customers about pearls – we wrote a post about what to look out for if you own a pearl necklace. We put together a short list of 5 points we believe are important to be aware of, especially with the summer heat around the corner. This post was written by the pearl experts in Tokyo, Japan:

  1. The Stringing
  2. The Clasp’s Sturdiness
  3. Luster Level
  4. Dirt
  5. Length

1. The Stringing

With time, the thread used to string the pearl necklace may weaken. This depends on how often you wear your necklace as well as the climate. The obvious risk is that your necklace may break if the thread is too weak. When looking at the necklace, pay attention to the thread. If the thread seems “fuzzy” or worn out, it is a sign to restring your necklace. While you’re at it, check for the tightness of the knotting (every necklace that was bought at Amit has a knot between each pearl. This is the way it is supposed to be). Try to move a pearl between the knots. If the pearl is gripped well between the knots on either side and doesn’t move, the knotting is in good shape. If however the pearl moves between the enclosing knots, it’s another sign that the thread has loosened, and you might want to bring it in to have it looked at. In case your necklace doesn’t have knots in between each pearl, you will want it to be restrung properly. Recently, brands and jewelry shops are stringing pearls with a wire, and separating the pearls with silicone beads. This is not ideal because if the wire breaks you will loose the pearls as they scatter, not to mention that using wire will lead to a stiffer look because it cannot adjust to your body’s contour the same way thread does.

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Notice the threads in this necklace. The knot looks tight and there is no space between the pearl and the knot. Looking at the knot you will not find any “fuzz” coming out of it which is another indicator of the good condition of the stringing. This is the way a necklace is supposed to look.

2. Clasp Sturdiness

Another element that is important to check in your necklace is the clasp and how secure it is. If a clasp breaks, the strand may fall and tear as well. This is easy to check. Close the clasp and gently try to pull it open while it’s closed. You shouldn’t use exaggerated force or it might break. If the clasp opens when it’s not supposed to you will want to fix or replace it. Some clasps have safety mechanisms that prevent the necklace from falling even if they get undone. Check to see that the mechanism is in good shape too.

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Try to gently tug on the clasp to check if it opens when it shouldn’t. Do not pull too hard so it won’t break, just enough to check it’s sturdiness.

3. Luster Level

If you believe that the luster level is slightly lower than when you bought it, it may be a sign that you are not taking proper care of your necklace. First thing you will want to do is take a damp soft cloth and wipe down your necklace a few times. Do not use soap or any solutions, only a dab of water to dampen the cloth. Sometimes there are layers of body oils on the necklace that are easily removed which will impact the luster of the strand. From now on, be sure to follow our guidelines of pearl care. To recap: make sure it’s the last thing you wear and the first thing you take off. The point of this is so that you do not accidentally apply hairspray, body lotions and other cosmetic products that contain chemicals in them which in turn depreciate the luster of the strand. Just make sure you minimize the exposure of these elements to your necklace. Also, after you wear your necklace you should ideally wipe it down with a soft cloth. It does’t have to be damp. This action will remove residual oils or perfumes from the pearls after they come in contact with your skin. Once in a while you could repeat this action with a damp cloth, but make sure you only dampen it with water (no solutions or other cleaning products!).

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Are you able to see the difference in luster, and slight decoloring between these two Japanese Akoya pearl necklaces? The top necklace has a slight yellow tinge to it and a lower luster (shine) as opposed to the necklace on the bottom. This deterioration of the necklace’s condition may occur due to improper pearl care. Please follow our guidelines to maximize your pearl necklace’s vitality.

4. Dirt

If you wear your pearls often they may accumulate dirt. Removing the dirt is quite easy all you need to do is follow the steps in our 3rd point, use a soft cloth (it could be damp as well) to wipe down the necklace. In the case of extra stubborn dirt, you can apply medical alcohol to the cloth to help remove the grit. Only a small amount of alcohol should be used.

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This is the cloth we use at Amit to clean our pearls. However, any soft cloth that is not coarse or with roughh fibers would be just as effective.

5. Length

The length of your necklace is adjustable. This is important to keep in mind because length is affected by trends and your personal preference, both of which may change with time. To make a strand longer you only need to add a few pearls which we can match for you, and restring into the strand. If you would like to shorten the necklace we would remove a few and restring them. You can use the extra to craft other matching pearl jewelry such as earrings or bracelets. Some people stop wearing their pearl necklaces because it is not the perfect length at the time. That is a shame because it is always adjustable!

This is the standard 16″ length. It is possible to add or remove a few pearls to make it just the right lengh. It’s better to restring a necklace you have and adjusting the length rather than not using it.

To Sum it Up

After reading these main points, take a look at your pearl necklace and see if it needs any special care. If you have doubts, ask us any questions or bring in your necklace for us to take a look. We are happy to guide you through what needs to be done. We hope this information was useful.

How to make a pearl necklace

Making simple necklaces is quite easy. But, like many crafts, you can make simple projects truly special by paying attention to craftsmanship. I wanted to make a pearl necklace to wear for my wedding so I bought some pearls and set about to learn how to string a pearl necklace in the best possible way.

How to make a pearl necklace

When working with pearls, you need silk thread. While there are many, many options for beading threads, wires, and cords, you want to use silk because it is very sturdy but will not wear away at the pearls from the inside. I really enjoyed working with Griffin Silk Bead Cord which comes with a beading needle already attached for easing stringing. Other than using silk, there are two characteristics that set a pearl necklace apart from another necklace – pearl necklaces are often threaded on two strands of cord and a knot is tied between each pearl. Both of these characteristics prevent you from losing more than 1 or 2 pearls if you snag your necklace and break it. Note that you will need significantly more thread than the length of your necklace because of all the knots you will be tying – about 1.5 times as much.

How to make a pearl necklace

To start, you want to tie a knot in the end of your cord and thread a clamshell onto it. The clamshell is a handy little finding that covers the final knot in your necklace and adds a metal loop to let you attach it to your clasp. You should pick cord that is the smallest size that still allows you to tie a knot that holds a bead in place. For the pearls that I had, it meant that I chose 1 strand of size 0 and 1 strand of size 2 silk cord because when I tied a knot with 2 strands of size 0, the holes in the beads were larger than the knot so they didn’t stay in place on the necklace. It isn’t strictly necessary to use 2 strands of cord, but it will make your necklace sturdier in the long so I recommended it, especially for longer necklaces that are more likely to snag on things.

How to make a pearl necklace

Thread your first pearl onto the necklace.

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Tie an overhand knot loosely in the thread above the pearl. (This step requires a bit more finesse the longer that your necklace grows because there is a longer tail to thread through the knot. Just don’t rush and it won’t tangle.)

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Put your finger into the knot and gently slide the knot as close to the bottom pearl as you can get with your finger. It is possible to go straight for the pin (see step below), but I found I had fewer tangles if I used my finger first.

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Stick a strong pin in the knot and hold it next to the pearl while you gently tighten the knot all the way.

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You should have a tight knot directly next to the bottom-most pearl. Pull the pin out. If you accidentally tighten the knot in the wrong place, don’t remove the pin! You can use a second pin to gently pick the knot open and try again.

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If you are using 2 strands, make the knot extra tight by pulling the strands apart.

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You can speed up the beading process if you thread several pearls onto the necklace at once but only move them down to the working end one at a time.

How to make a pearl necklace

Repeat the knot tying process, one pearl at a time, until the necklace is your desired length. Add a clamshell to the second end of the necklace. Add a bit of glue to the inside of the clamshells. I recommend Aileen’s Original Tacky Glue because it doesn’t expand when drying, dries clear, and wipes off with water (before drying) if you get it where you don’t want it (which I always do when working with glue!).

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Trim the threads and crimp the clamshell closed. Now wait for the glue to dry. (You can trim before adding glue but do crimp before it dries).

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If you want, you can use a dab of clear nail polish to strengthen the knot between the clamshell and the first pearl.

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Add your clasp to the loops in the clamshell. And you’re done! With a super sturdy super classy new necklace to wear!

How to make a pearl necklace

Pearls are perhaps nature’s most beautiful materials for making jewelry. The first image that comes to mind when you think of pearl jewelry is the classic one- or two-strand necklace of perfectly round specimens. But pearls are so much more! They come in a variety of shapes and colors and styles. And you can do a lot more with them than simply stringing (lovely as a string of pearls can be).

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The downloadable ebook, 10 Wire & Pearl Jewelry Designs, by the editors of Step By Step Wire Jewelry, shows you great pearl designs by top jewelry artists, using a range of jewelry-making techniques. And not only do you get step-by-step instructions for making these pieces, the artists include some terrific tips for creating with pearls.

Here are some of the pearl jewelry designs and tips from those artists:

Be Steel My Heart

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Sharilyn Miller’s lovely earrings combine pearls with flattened wire shapes like hearts. Sharilyn’s tip:

While I suggest using half hard wire to make the earwires, you can work-harden dead soft wire by hammering it a few times with a hard plastic or rawhide mallet.

Barrels of Pearls

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This stunning necklace was created by Lauren Andersen with pearls and a variation on barrel weave chain maille. She says:

The ring between the barrels is the perfect place to hang dangles! Try adding crystals or charms.

Amethyst Spirals

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Alicia Ayala designed these bold and dramatic earrings with big amethyst nuggets. If you want to create your own design based on these earrings, Alicia suggests:

For a daintier version, use a smaller spiral metal connector and smaller amethyst nuggets.

Modern Pearl Bracelet

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Instead of the more common round pearls, “peanut pearls” serve as the basis for this bracelet designed by Judith Glende. The metal also has a lovely patina to showcase the pearls. Judith says:

Oxidizing the metal gives the bracelet an aged look while maintaining a modern feel.

June Bride Necklace

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This new take on the classic pearl necklace — using freshwater pearls — was designed by Mai Sato-Flores. Her tip is:

It is helpful to sort the pearls into the five strand groups before making this piece. To extend the length of the necklace, you can either add more of the pearls from strand 1 or add more white topaz wrapped loop gem links at the end.

Fantasy Pendant

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This terrific pendant, which uses pearls, crystals, beads, and a large hoop earwire, has always been one of my favorites. Wire artist Julie D’Amico-Beres suggests:

If your focal bead is flat, you may need to support it to keep it facing the right direction. This can be done by making two passes behind the bead forming an X with the wire.

Graceful Chandeliers

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Jacqueline Trerise came up with these dramatic and elegant earrings. She combined silver wire with freshwater pearls and crystals. She tells you:

Use a wire jig with pegs to create the perfect wire shapes and connect them with bead links or jump rings.

Go Backless

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These unique earrings, designed by Char Jorgensen, don’t use posts or earwires! The wire is shaped to look like a post and function like an earwire, but it’s all part of the design. Char gives you a couple of helpful tips for creating them:

Try different designs for the front of the earring — heart shapes, tiny loops, stars, triangles, squares, etc. Use a wire jig, or just fold up the end and place it into the center of a spiral.

You can adjust to ear thicknesses by pushing the back wire closer or further away from your ear. Make sure the front of the earring is firmly against your ear lobe. You can also make a more curved L shape, so the earrings better conform to your ear.

Captive Pearls

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Lauren Andersen’s earrings use chain maille to “capture” the pearls inside the design. Lauren cautions:

You must use the correct size jump rings or the weave will not work.

Jamaica Necklace

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This delicate-looking necklace is presented by wire artist Lynda Fullerton. It uses coiled wire links and colorful peacock pearls. Her helpful tip is:

A rubbed patina gives a rustic look, while shiny metal gives a more elegant feel.

Make Pearl Jewelry

You can make all of these pearl jewelry designs exactly as the artists show you in the ebook. Or you can use them as a starting point for your own unique wire and pearl jewelry designs. And that can always be a lot of fun!

Managing Editor, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Make a beautiful pearl necklace to wear yourself or give as a gift! Below is the Braided Pearl Necklace with Ribbon Tutorial.

This project came from a picture I found on Pinterest. It was originally linked back to a store, but it was no longer available.

The necklace was so beautiful and I really wanted one so I was determined to figure out how to make it, and here is the step-by-step tutorial so you can make one too!

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More Handmade Necklace Tutorials:

Jewelry is fun to make and wear to show off your personal style. We have several DIY jewelry tutorials we want to share with you! Like this Handmade Pendant Necklace, this Mama Bird Nest Necklace, and How To Replace a Broken Necklace Clasp.

Be sure to look around the blog for more handmade necklace tutorials!

Supplies You’ll Need to Create this Project:

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  • White Pearls 8mm
  • ¼” Ribbon
  • White Sewing Thread
  • 1 Sewing Needle

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Necklace Tutorial:

Begin with two strands of Ribbon. Each strand I used measured about 2.5 – 3 feet because I wanted to make sure I had enough.

With the two pieces together, tie a knot about 5-6 inches in from one end. Then tie the thread into that knot. The thread is what we are going to string the pearl beads on, not the ribbon.

Thread one bead then pull the needle and thread through ribbon A, put on another bead, and put the needle and thread through ribbon B. Keep alternating making sure not to twist the ribbon.

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The necklace will awkward in the beginning but it gets easier as you figure out the braiding technique. The key is for each ribbon to pass over 2 beads but you want them to alternate so there is a ribbon between each bead.

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After you thread the last pearl, put the 2 ribbon strands together and tie a knot tight against that last pearl.

Trim Ribbon B close to the knot so you are left with only one long ribbon, Ribbon A. Trim Ribbon B off at the starting end as well so you have 2 single ribbon ends to tie together.

With the two loose ends, decide how long you want your necklace to be and tie another knot and trim the ends.

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I made one purple and one black pearl necklace and I love them both. I have worn them many times.

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Hi everyone! (You can’t see me, but I am giving you all a super enthusiastic wave “Hello” right now!) I’m Jennifer, and I blog over at Always In Wonder.  I am a wife, and a mom to two toddlers, and I love sharing about all of my creative outlets (like painting, crafts, cooking, and more).

I am so excited that I get to be a part of Jessica’s Mad for Mad Men series. The show is addicting, isn’t it? I love seeing all of the designs for the sets, and the clothes they wear, and more importantly, the ladies on Mad Men have some killer taste in jewelry.  You’d never catch Betty Draper at a party without some pearls or pretty gems, right? 

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I was inspired to create my own version of a pearl necklace, that I think would look charming on Betty Draper.  And you too!

Here’s a list of things you’ll need:
pearl beads
a few jump rings
a few crimp beads
jewelry pliers
clear stringing cord
and a vintage looking broach (I bought the one on my necklace from Michaels, but you can always use one you have or look for one at a thrift store)

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*And no judging my crafty table! It’s going to get a paint job soon!)

Thread a crimp bead onto the cord and loop the end around a jump ring, then thread the cord back through the crimp bead. Make sure that the cord is even in length on both sides. Then clamp the crimp bead in place using your jewelry pliers.

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Thread beads onto both pieces of cording.  Start with your smallest pearl beads, then add the middle size pearls, and then the larger ones.

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On both cords, I did 10 of the smallest pearls, 6 of the middle sized pearl, then 13 of the largest pearls.After threading on the largest pearls, I added 6 more middle sized pearls, and 10 small pearls.

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I secured each cord with a crimp bead and one jump ring.

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I threaded the cording back threw a few pearl beads before cutting it off.

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I wanted to make this necklace a little longer, so I decided to loop some dark navy ribbon through my jump rings.

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I added clamps at the end of my ribbon, so that I could easily add a clasp to it. These are great for holding a few pieces of ribbon together and to prevent fraying at the ends.

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You can add a jump ring to one side, and a clasp to the other side.

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Add your vintage, or vintage inspired broach onto the strands of pearls… and voila! You have a pearl necklace that is ready to be worn to your next cocktail party, cooking in the kitchen, or your Mad Men Season 5 premiere party!

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How to make a pearl necklace


How to make a pearl necklace


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How to make a pearl necklace

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A pearl is an ulcer that is formed when an irritant, such as a parasite, enters an oyster, who responds by coating it with nacre (a crystalline substance that gives pearls their luster). Stress is what prompts an oyster to secrete nacre (just like stress worsens human ulcers).

Because pearls naturally form in only one in 10,000 oysters and because the creation of a pearl can take up to three years, pearl-makers have devised a process called “culturing,” or cultivating, that allows them to exploit oysters faster and cheaper.

Culturing involves surgically opening each oyster shell and inserting an irritant in the oyster. Freshwater pearls are cultured by inserting another oyster’s mantle tissue. Saltwater pearls have beads and another oyster’s mollusk tissue inserted. Fewer than half of the oysters may survive this process.

Cultivators further stress the oysters by suspending them in water in a cage, washing their shells, moving them around in different waters, and raising and lowering their cages to subject them to changing water temperatures.

After the pearls are extracted from the oysters, one-third of oysters are “recycled” and put through the culturing process again. The others are killed and discarded.

For those concerned about the environment, there is another reason to avoid pearls. Aquaculture has contributed to destruction of natural pearl oyster beds from pollution and overharvesting.

Of course, with so many modern pearl imitations, as well as other kinds of jewelry, it’s easy to do without pearls.