- 2 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Ok, Now I had an 8 inch strand of chunky pearl chain… but I wanted chunkier. So I folded it in half and attached a ring to the half way point, and another ring to the 2 loose ends:
Before you close the loop, attach the brooch you bought. The one I used for this necklace came with loops attached. However the one I bought for my original necklace was a true brooch so I had to pull off the pin and attach a second loop to the brooch and then connected that loop to the one on my pearl chain. Hope that makes sense!
On the other side, I strung the beading wire through the loop (I already pinched the loop closed on this side). Then, slide the wire through a crimping bead so that when the crimping bead is up as tight as you can get it to the loop, both ends of the wire are through the bead. Then use your pliers to squish it shut and it pinches and holds the wire in place.
Then you can add the beads or pearls that you want which are going to add the length to your necklace. Just string them on. (Btw, this is the exact same process for adding the big pearls/length on the other side… obvious, but i’ll state it anyways)
Put a crimping bead on last, then string on one part of your clasp. Put the loose end through the crimping bead again to secure the clasp. I string the wire through the crimping bead and the first big pearl just to hide the loose end.
pull it as tight as you can so you don’t have loose wire – then squish the crimp bead with your pliers and clip off the excess wire with your wire cutters. Eh Voila!!! You’re done!!!
To be honest, I’m not very happy with how this one turned out – I don’t like the big white pearls with the darker brooch and chunky pearls… But it’s an easy fix when I have the chance to buy some new purple ones like the ones in the chunky part. Also, this was way too short – it was a choker and this type of necklace should be a bit longer. Adding the length isn’t hard so if you make a mistake or don’t like it (like me), just snip the wire and do that part again… it’s the easiest part!