How to Make a Stunning Pearl Bracelet in 5 Easy Steps

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A pearl bracelet is one of the classiest pieces of jewelry you can put on. Traditionally pearls are associated with luxury, so it’s no wonder they are popular items. In this blog post, I’m going to show you how you can make your very own gorgeously stunning bracelet in 5 steps.

A finished bracelet, ready to try on!

Of course, we won’t be using real pearl beads, but that doesn’t mean that the result will be any less stunning. The real deal can set you back quite a bit (a single pearl can cost $300 or more), so finding a high-quality fake pearl is the best way to not blow your budget.

So let’s get started. First, we’ll need to gather some things.

Materials Needed:

  • Jewelry wire
  • Pearl beads
  • Pliers
  • Crimp tubes
  • Multi-strand closure

Optional, consider investing in a Bead On It board from Potomac Beads. I love this board as I can use it whether I’m sitting in front of the television or on a table. It is very versatile, and it has a nice padded bumper to prevent your beads from rolling over the edge. They are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles as well.

This bead on it board is from Potomac beads and it is amazing!

As for your supplies, I found all of mine online at Amazon.

If you prefer shopping in the store, good places to check out would be Michaels or other crafting stores.

Step 1: Measure Your Wire

This project starts with three strands of stringing wire.

As this pearl bracelet is going to have three strands, you’ll need to cut three pieces of wire using your wire snips (Check out my guide to Pliers here). Most bracelets are around 7 inches for women and 8 inches for men. So you can either use a ruler to measure out your wire or you can eyeball it by using your own wrist.

Keep in mind, you’ll want to have a few extra inches as a cushion. You can’t add on extra inches to a wire, but you can cut it smaller!

Step 2: Prepping Your Wire

I like to connect the wire directly on the closure like this, but you can use a small split ring if you prefer.

The best way to start is to attach the one end of your first strand to the closure. To do this, you will string a crimp bead or tube onto the wire and then feed the end of the wire through the closure loop and then through the crimp tube. Your wire will form a loop that puts the closure connection on the wire securely. Use your crimp tool to close up the crimp tube.

Alternatively, you can create the loop with the jewelry wire and close it off with the crimp tube and use a small split ring to connect it to the closure later.

Step 3-5: Stringing Your Pearls

The first strand of your bracelet should look like this!

Your strand is now ready for your first set of pearls. I decided I wanted to have each strand the same size, but gradually bigger pearls for each strand, so I started with the smallest pearls on that first strand.

You can either use your ruler to measure out the length of the pearl strand or eyeball it and finish it by crimping the other side. I like to feed the “tail’ of the wire through a few beads on the strand before snipping off any excess, but you can cut the tail off wherever you like.

For the second and third strands, you'll want to aim to have roughly the same length as the first.

Rinse and repeat to create three strands (or as many strands as you want).

Final Thoughts

In the space of a single afternoon, you can easily make a beautiful multi-stranded pearl bracelet. You can easily change this project up to create a totally different look as well. Change the size or color of the pearl beads, find a different clasp (I’ve seen some gorgeous 5 stranded ones). You can even twist the strands around each other as well to create an asymmetrical look to your bracelet.

Once you have your three strands all secured, your pearl bracelet is ready to wear!

That is the beauty of making your own jewelry. You can put your own personality on things and create something that you can’t buy in the store!

I hope you enjoyed this jewelry-making project. Don’t forget to share it on your favorite social media platform and pin it to Pinterest!

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Until next time, stay crafty!!

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