Freshwater Pearl Necklace

I am a big fan of pearls. There are so many possibilities with freshwater pearls- they come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Even so, I tend to gravitate towards the whites or creams or pale pinks. Those are my favorite! I found inspiration for my necklace below from this Sundance necklace. I really love the Sundance style but don’t have the money to buy the jewelry, so I like to recreate it for a reasonable cost. This necklace cost under $10 to make! The chain was repurposed so that made it even better.

I attached three pearls to each other using a jump ring, then I attached three clusters of pearls to three different places on the brass link. I made five of those. Then I attached them all together using jump rings and then attached the strand of pearls to a large decorative brass headpin on each end. I finished it by putting a double chain on each side and closed it with the hook and eye clasp. Love it!

Supplies: brass chain, white fresh water pearls, bead tipped head pins, brass decorative links, heart hook and eye clasp, and a bunch of jump rings. I actually ended up taking out the large brass rings.

Supplies: brass chain, white fresh water pearls, bead tipped head pins, brass decorative links and head pins, heart hook and eye clasp, and a bunch of jump rings. I actually ended up not using the large brass rings.

pearl necklace 1

Finished fresh water pearl necklace.

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The finished necklace is 18 inches long and fits nicely below the neck.

Sea Glass Jewelry Tutorial and Necklace

Sea Glass NecklaceI was so excited the other day when I found a small bag of sea glass I had collected when I was living in Hawaii. What a fun treasure! So I thought it was about time I made those little pieces of glass into something beautiful. Here is the completed sea glass necklace I made. I love the way it turned out!

Supplies for Sea Glass Necklace

To make the sea glass necklace I used nine pieces of white/clear sea glass varying in size, silver crafting wire (I think about 18 gauge), two different types of silver chain, 4 silver headpins, a hook and clasp, 10 white/grayish fresh water pearls, and 4 silver fire polished Czech glass beads.

 

First I wrapped all the sea glass with wire, making them into pendants. I used the wire for the pearls also. I used headpins for the glass beads. Then I spaced everything out evenly and attached them to the thick silver chain. The glass beads I attached to a small section of the thinner chain to hang in between the pearls and glass. Then I attached the thin chain and the hook and clasp to complete the necklace.

Here’s a picture tutorial for how to wrap sea glass:

wire wrap sea glass tutorial