Do you ever get creative block? Every time I draw a blank as to what to make, I visit Anthropologie, every DIY-er’s favourite brand 🙂 This Pearlene necklace has long caught my eye so I thought I’d use the last of my gold wire to re-create it 🙂
What you need

Small pearls – I suggest using fake ones. Not only are they cheaper, but the essence of the whole necklace is in the roundness of the pearls, which is difficult to obtain if you use real ones

Medium pearls

Thick gold wire

Thin gold wire (not shown)

Gold chain

Pliers

 

Step 1

Use your pliers to hold the end of the thick gold wire and fold it into itself to make a loop as shown below. Repeat with the other end of the wire.

 

Step 2

Wrap the thin wire around the end of the thick gold wire, right next to the loop formed in Step 1. Make sure the thin wire is wrapped tight so it doesn’t stick out and poke you.

Thread on 1 small pearl, push it right to the end, then wrap the thin wire a few more times around the thick wire. Repeat the process, alternating between the small and medium pearls (I used the pattern of 3 small pearls to every 1 medium pearl)

Continue till you reach the end of the thick gold wire then wrap the thin wire a couple more times around the thick wire before cutting it off.

 

Step 3

Open the last link of the gold chain with the pliers, slip on the loop formed in Step 1 then tighten the link.

Repeat with the other end of the chain and gold wire.

Note: I made the chain longer (versus the original) as I wanted it to be easy to slip on/ off without having to use a clasp (Also I have a square jaw, so long necklaces are much more flattering!)

 

Less than 5 minutes to make this gorgeous piece!!

 

 

And here’s the original:

 

 

Could be fooled, huh?

 

For another pearl Anthropologie DIY, check out this Perched Pearl tutorial. Still have more pearls? Here are some of the best pearl DIYs by other fashion bloggers 🙂

 

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