How to Make a Spiked Pearl Bib Necklace

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Finished DIY Spiked Pearl Bib Necklace

Ever feel equal parts edgy and feminine? If your answer is yes, then this DIY necklace project is just for you. This jewelry tutorial is perfect for those days when you want to stand out from the crowd. The white pearls have that classic look, while the gray pearls and metal spikes counteract them in an offbeat way. The techniques used in this project are also great for practicing basic jewelry making methods. Keep reading to see how to make it!

Supplies for Spiked Pearl Bib Necklace

Supplies:

– 8mm small white pearl beads (21)*
– 12mm medium gray pearl beads (14)*
– 12mm medium white pearl beads (12)*
– 20mm large white pearl beads (3)*
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– Large jewelry clasp
– 10-12mm jump ring (1)
– 6mm jump rings (4)
– 20 gauge jewelry wire
– Metal cone bead caps (3)
– 2-inch eye pins (3)

*Feel free to use pearls in sizes that you like best; these measurements are just the sizes of the pearls I happened to use. Like many other beads, pearls are available in such a wide range of sizes, so keep your options open! You also don’t even have to use white and gray if you want an entirely different look.

Trim wire with jewelry pliers

1. Using the cutting portion of the pliers, cut a strand of wire measuring 2 inches. This is much more than you’ll actually use, but I typically like to start with too much just to be safe. After all: you can always take away, but you can’t add back!

Bend wire with jewelry pliers

2. At one end, bend 1/2 inch of the wire sideways.

Bend wire with jewelry pliers

3. Bend to create a loop.

Add pearl to wire

4. Add one large white pearl to the wire.

Trim wire with jewelry pliers

5. Trim the wire, leaving 1/2 inch.

Create a wire loop with jewelry pliers

6. Create a loop, just as you did in Steps 2 and 3.

Turn pearl beads into connectors with wire

7. Repeat Steps 1-6 with the remaining two large pearls.

Turn pearl beads into connectors with wire

8. Repeat Steps 1-6 for four gray pearls.

Bend wire with jewelry pliers

9. Using the pliers, take one of the large white pearls and open up a loop.

Connect pearls together

10. Attach to a gray pearl bead.

Secure pearl beads together with jewelry pliers

11. Close up the loop with the flat portion of the jewelry pliers.

Connect pearls to create a beaded strand

12. Repeat Steps 9-11, alternating between large white pearls and gray medium pearls. This completes the center strand of the necklace.

Connect pearls to create a beaded strand

13. Create two more strands with the remaining medium-sized pearls, alternating between gray and white. Each strand should have 6 white pearls and 5 gray pearls.

Connect pearls to create a beaded necklace

14. Attach the two strands from Step 13 to the ends of the center strand. Set aside.

Add a bead cone and pearl to a headpin

15. Add a metal cone bead cap and small white pearl to the a head pin. Trim the wire, leaving about 1/2 inch.

Bend wire with jewelry pliers

16. Bend the wire to create a loop.

Connect pearls to create beaded strands

17. Create two strands of small pearls, using three in each.

Connect beaded strands with a large jump ring

18. Attach both strands to a jump ring, followed by the pearl/cone charm. Close the jump ring.

Add beaded pearl strands to a necklace

19. Attach the end of one 3-pearl strand to the side of a large pearl bead. Note that it is attached to the loop of an adjacent gray pearl bead.

Add beaded pearl strands to a necklace

20. Attach the end of the second 3-pearl strand to the other side of the large pearl.

Add beaded pearl strands to a necklace

21. Repeat Steps 15-20 for the next two large pearl beads.

Connect a jewelry clasp and jump ring to a necklace

22. Attach the jewelry clasp and large jump ring to the ends of the necklace.

Finished DIY Spiked Pearl Bib Necklace

Make a statement just by wearing your brand new necklace.

Finished DIY Spiked Pearl Bib Necklace

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