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Crafty jewelry: Pearl necklaces tutorial

Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  September 11th 2011  |  0 Comment

Jewelry making

Pearl necklaces + Another Anthro-inspired necklace tutorial

I am a fan of pearl jewelry, and tend to make it…frequently. Last Christmas, I decided to try and replicate some of the pearl jewelry I had seen in stores and online, and made this as a Christmas gift for my sister:

And then, I made this one after I saw an awesome tutorial on Infarrantly Creative.

And then Rochelle, made this one – she threaded a ribbon through the pearls and tied a knot between each pearl as she went. I really like how it turned out!

My most recent pearl necklace creation was inspired by a necklace design I saw a few months ago at anthropologie:

I really liked how the strands intertwined, and thought that this design would look pretty in pearls, and I had a ton, so I decided to go for it. It turned out to be kind of an interesting/tedious process, but I like how it turned out – here’s what I did:

Materials:
- bead stringing wire
- a boatload of beads
- 2 x 16″ lengths of ribbon

1. Figure out how long you want your necklace to be, and string the beads onto the whole length of the string.
2. Tie both ends of the strand into a good, tight square knot (plus a couple more for good measure ;) )
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have what looks like 4 necklaces. I used different sized beads for each strand – so I had one strand with large pearls, 1 with medium, and 2 with small.
4. Repeat step 1, and this time, loop the strand through the first 4 necklaces, and then tie.
5. Repeat step 4 until you have 8 total strands.
6. Now, tie one piece of ribbon securely (I tied it in a knot) on each side of the necklace, this is what you will use to put the necklace on – you just tie the ribbons together in a bow.

Hopefully that makes sense! I think its pretty straight forward, but please let me know if you have questions or anything!

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