(Closed) DIY necklace help?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@hlayers:  What kind of string are you using?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I make a lot of jewelry, so I’ll try to give you a few quick tips!

1) Measure a necklace you currently have that is similar in length to the one you want. It will help you when you get to step 2.

 2)  Set out your entire design on a bead board (they are sold for pretty cheap at most bead shops).  If you lay it out first, you can measure it for length, as well as check to make sure it’s set up the way you want.  

3)  What kind of clasp did you get to hold the necklace together?  Make sure you leave enough wire at the end of the necklace to loop around the clasp (or broach) to go back under the first three beads or so.  

4)  If you’re using crimp beads, make sure you put them on tightly!  I put a small seed bead on the wire right before the crimp bead, and loop the wire through the clasp, through the seed bead, and through the first few beads on the wire to help with strength.

5)  Make sure your clasp is strong enough to hold your necklace.  If it’s not, the wire could pull and your necklace could break.

 

Hope this helps!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Example of the seed bead with the crimp bead at the end of the necklace. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@hlayers:  The way that I have always made pearl necklaces is with silk thread. I am unsure on how much time you are willing to put in to make it. I have attached a link on how to make a pearl necklace with silk thread. Doing it this way insures that if somehow the clasp breaks not all of the pearls will be scattered everywhere. 

Another bonus to making the strand this way is that wether you are making the necklace with real or fake pearls it still protects each one. I know that when I just bead my fake pearls right next to each other they eventually begin to flake off that clear coat that is on them, and are no longer pretty. 

So here is a link: (this is not me but a good example on how to make it) 

Also a good clasp to use with your necklace would look like this:Rectangle filigree clasp

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Glad to find this thread, as I’m hoping to do something similar. 

@thatredheadedbride:  Do you know if it is possible to add a brooch to a string of pearls?  My mother is lending me my “something borrowed” if I can make it work…  But I’m not sure how I’d add the brooch without ruining the pearl necklace.  All the pearls are individually knotted.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I like this look too and I found some priced reasonably on ETSY. But I found a cheap long string of pearls for $17.99 and I’m going to just pin a broach from hobby lobby onto it.

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