- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Start by stringing a bunch of pearls onto the long metal thingies with balls on the end…. Doing a bunch of these at once saves time.
After this, you’ll use the round plyers. Pinch the wire close to the pearl – almost tight up against it but with a smidgeon of space. Also, do it so that the thicker round part is pinching the metal so that the loop you end up creating is big enough
While holding it tightly like this, use your angled pliers and pull the end of the wire around the round pliers, and then straight across – leaving you with a loop.
Then you’ll stick the long straight end through one of the links on your chain and pull it through so that the chain link is inside the loop
Then pinch the tightly with one set of pliers (don’t squish/deform the loop, just hold it tight)
Use your other pliers to grab the loose end of wire and wrap it tightly around the wire at the base of the pearl. I usually do 2-3 wraps. Then Clip off the excess wire and use your angled pliers to pinch the wrapped wire (so it pinches in any sharp edge). I didn’t get a photo of the actual wrapping, but you can see it in the photo nonetheless.
And that’s how you attach pearls!
It gets trickier as you get more and more on there… but I started by attaching purples every other link and alternating from attaching it to the top of the link or the bottom…. but as you get more and more on, it’s harder to maintain any kind of order, so it’s not really important