I have an obsession for pearls and absolutely LOVE any kind of dramatic neckpiece. I just feel like it livens up any outfit and really adds some visual interest. For this particular piece, I was inspired by a rope twisted necklace that I didn't really think was "me", but wanted to "girlify" a necklace using a similar twisting concept.
Instructions after the jump...
What you need / what I used:
- 2 packages of ~190 glass pearl beads, 6 mm, matching or coordinating colors (I chose pale rose and gold)
- Invisible Nylon thread. Ordinarily, I believe you are supposed to use silk, but I shy away from beading needles (too floppy) and have been using a regular sewing needle which ultimately limits the thickness of whatever I'm threading with.
- Crimp tubes, jump rings, a closure, headpins, and jewelry plier tools.
Glass Pearls from Michael's
Needle and Nylon thread
Split each package of pearls into 2 even groups and string each (2 packages of 2 groups each = 4 strings of pearls). Knot your thread and add a crimp tube to prevent the pearls from sliding off the thread.
Once I finished stringing, I added a head pin to the ends of each strand.
Loop the ends of your headpins. Here's an instructional video if needed.
Intersect your pearls with 2 strands on each side.
Attach your strands to a jump ring on each side. Then add your closures. I used a lobster closure here.
Twist your necklace as you like it and voila!