Delicate and feminine, and yet so simple to make, these spiral pearl necklaces are the perfect DIY birthday present, mother’s day gift, or even a treat for yourself!
They’re also the perfect solution to all those beads you’ve been collecting.
(Don’t tell me I’m the only one who hoards craft supplies like a squirrel in northern New England on the hunt for acorns at the end of autumn.)
A few years ago I was suddenly OBSESSED with freshwater pearls. I started hunting around Etsy for the perfect strand of round, smooth beauties. Pink, burgundy, peacock, silvery-white — I couldn’t get enough.
Within a week, I had amassed at least a dozen strands of freshwater pearls in a rainbow of shapes, sizes, and colors.
With each click of the “buy” button, I continued on my quest for more freshwater pearls to add to the collection like it was my job.
Unfortunately, the more I ordered, the less I seemed inclined to actually make something with them.
Until years later, when inspiration hit and I realized they would be the perfect complement to a simple mobius spiral and make a gorgeous necklace.
You can make them in multiple colors, or substitute the pearl for your favorite type of gem or eco-friendly bead. (Just make sure it’s a small one, as these spirals are quite small themselves!)
Here is what you will need to make this super chic and feminine necklace. For your convenience, I have included affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
- 2 pairs of flat nose pliers (in particular, I highly recommend these Wubers flat nose pliers mentioned above)
- Round nose pliers
- Flush cutter
- 3 large open jump rings
- I use 16 gauge 9.5 mm ID (inner diameter) sterling silver jump rings
- 3 small jumprings
- I use 18 gauge 3.5 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- 2 tiny jump rings
- I use 22 gauge 2.2 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- length of chain (I prefer flat cable chain)
- for an 18-inch necklace, I use about 17 1/2 inches
- 1 small lobster clasp
- I use about a 9mm lobster clasp. You can skip this if you are using chain that comes with a clasp on it
- ball headpin
- round freshwater pearl
- You can use a different type of small bead. Just make sure your bead is about 5-6mm
How to make the necklace:
Take the three largest jump rings (9.5 mm) use them to make a 3-ring mobius spiral.
Next, string a headpin through the pearl. You are going to make a loop so you can hang the pearl. Since this tutorial assumes some basic jewelry-making skills, I have included a couple images and a video below but refer you to this video if you are new to jewelry making.
Now take one of the smaller jump rings (3.5 mm) and string it through the large spiral you made (make sure the three large rings in the spiral stay together). Then string on the pearl through that lovely little loop you just made, and close the jump ring with the pearl and pendant together.
(Note to self: make sure there is no shmutz on your hand before you photograph your hands for a jewelry tutorial! And moisturize. By the way, this is what my hand looks like after I have airbrushed it. Imagine what it looked like before!)
Now to make the actual necklace!
Loop the really tiny jump ring (2.2 mm) onto one end of the chain, and then loop on the lobster clasp. Close the ring so it is nice and secure. String on the pendant, making sure to go through the small jump ring (3.5 mm) so that the large spiral and pearl hang down. Once it is strung on, string another tiny jump ring (2.2 mm) on the other end of the chain and close it. Loop the small jump ring (3.5 mm) through the tiny one and close. (This is where you will hook on the clasp.)
That’s it, you are done! Not too hard, right?
If you liked this post you’ll also want to check out my other tutorials.
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