I have admitted before that I do not consider myself a jewelry maker. But I am a die-hard DIYer and I can usually figure things out by looking at them. I saw this ladder pearl necklace that I liked on Pinterest, but the link was broken. I figured out how to re-create it from the picture, and I am sharing it with you today! Keep in mind, this pearl necklace DIY jewelry would be super easy to re-create using whatever beads or colors of pearls you prefer. Once I figured out how to make it, I made several colors to give as gifts. It ended up being easy, and inexpensive.
- 8mm Pearl Beads (I used silver, dark gray, white and hematite.)
- Steel Cable Twist Chain 6 ft. (This will make three 20″ necklaces, with some chain to spare)
- Bright Silver 1.5 inch Eye Pins (2 per necklace)
- Bright Silver 2 inch Head Pins (1 per necklace)
- Silver Plated Finish Findings Set (1 small jump ring, 1 large jump ring, 1 lobster clasp per necklace)
- Basic 3 Piece Jewelry Tool Set
To begin this pearl necklace DIY tutorial, measure out your chain. I wanted my finished necklace to measure 18″. Keep in mind, the “ladder” part of the necklace will use about 2″ of chain. I measured 20″ for my chain so the end result would be 18 inches.
Insert a head pin into your pearl of choice.
With the pearl flush to the bottom of the head pin, trim the opposite end of the pin to about 1/2″ above the pearl. Using round nosed jewelry pliers, bend the cut end of the head pin to create a loop.
Select another bead. Lay the bead out where you would like it to be on your necklace. This time you will be using an eye pin. This jewelry making element already has a pre-made loop on one end.
When you have your bead positioned, thread the eye pin through the chain, then the bead, and through the chain on the other side. Make sure your chain is even on both sides. I counted the links to make sure mine were even. Yep. I did. I dug out the reading glasses for this part.
On the opposite side of the chain, pull both ends tight, and make sure they are still even. If they aren’t trim accordingly. Then add a large jump ring to one end, and a small jump ring to attach a lobster clasp to the other end.
I hope you are inspired to give this project a try! If you love incorporating pearls into your handmade jewelry projects, you might also like this drop DIY pearl necklace.
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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).