I have often admitted through my tutorials that I do not consider myself a “jewelry” maker. Crafter? Artist? I saw a similar necklace to this one in a high end catalog and loved the look, but not the price. I didn’t think that it looked that hard to re-create, so I gave it a whirl. Guess what? This DIY pearl necklace was easy to create, and much less expensive!
Here is what you need to create your own drop DIY pearl necklace. Keep in mind, if you are not fond of pearls- you can re-create this necklace with any type of bead you desire. The process will be the same.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY pearl necklace:
- Assorted Pearl Beads
- 3 inch Nickel Head Pins
- Jump Rings
- Silver Toggle Set
- Necklace Chain
- Round Pliers and Wire Cutters
I purchased an assorted pack of toggle clasps. So the first thing I did was choose the set of clasps that I liked. You will want the loop of the toggle to be fairly large, because it will hold more drop pearls.
Add a bead to one of the 3″ head pins. Head pins are basically large straight pins without the pointy end. (See all this inaccurate jargon proves I am not a jewelry maker!) Add a bead to the head pin. You can see in the photo, there is a head on the wire that keeps the bead from falling off.
Trim the head pin as needed.
I did not know what in the world I was doing here. Uncharted territory for me. 🙂
Here is what I learned. You need to have ROUND pliers. Then it is as easy as can be. Pliers with a flat surface will make weird loops. The round pliers are necessary for this.
Grip the end of the head pin with the round pliers. You will not want to grip the head pin with the very tip of the pliers, grip it towards the middle. This will give you a loop that will fit over the toggle. A grip at the tip of the pliers will be too tight of a loop.
When you like the look of your pearl drop piece- attach it to a chain.
Add jump rings to both ends of your chain.
Lucky for me, my 12 year old was home to demonstrate this.
Now she wants to keep the DIY pearl necklace for herself. But since I a self-professed jewelry maker now, I guess I will just have to make another.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).