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Last Updated on October 19, 2023 by Katherine
There is nothing quite like a pearl necklace to add an instant touch of class to any wardrobe. However, a multi-stranded pearl necklace can be quite expensive! In this post, I am going to show you how to make a three stranded pearl necklace for around $30 (a little bit more if you need to buy the pliers).
Pearls have long been associated with royalty, in ancient Rome, pearls were the ultimate status symbol. In fact, Julius Ceasar is said to have limited the wearing of pearls to only a few ruling classes around 1BC. Today, though, pearl necklaces are simply a classic piece for most women to wear as they fit with a variety of wardrobes.
And when you make your own necklace? You can completely customize it so it suits you perfectly! So let’s get started shall we?
What You Will Need:
- Pearl beads.
- Magnetic multi-strand closure/clasp
- Jewelry wire (I recommend wire over string because pearls are heavy!)
- Crimp tubes in silver
- Crimping Pliers
- Regular Pliers
For more information on pliers and other beginner jewelry-making tips, check out my post How to Make Stunning Jewelry: The Ultimate Guide You Need To Get Started
Where To Shop:
I recommend doing a little comparison shopping as you can sometimes find some good deals at both your local stores and online ones, but some suggestions on where to start:
To start your pearl necklace, it’s best to start with cutting the pieces of wire you’ll need. I often measure the length using my own neck as a guide and then add a few extra centimeters or more. You can always snip off any excess wire you have at the end!
The next step is to pick your first strand wire and feed one end in through the first ring of the closure and then create a loop that you’ll crimp off with one crimp tube.
First Strand Pearls
Now that you have one end of your wire secured off, you can start stringing the pearls that you want on your first strand. Once you have your pearls on, you just have to crimp the other side closed. Just don’t forget to secure the other side of your closure on that second loop!
Now you’re a third of the way done.
Adding More Strands
Once you’ve added the first strand, the other two are simply a rinse and repeat of the first one. Keep creating strands until the multi-strand closure is filled.
In the space of a single afternoon and about $30 later, you can have your very own custom necklace that will never go out of style! If you have some pearls leftover you can even make a simple set of drop earrings to go with your necklace. I’ll include a link below to some earring posts to get inspired for those!
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Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!!