If you are anything like me, you tend to gravitate toward certain craft supplies and hoard them 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
Unfortunately, the more I ordered, the less I seemed incline 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.
Delicate and feminine, and yet simple to make, these necklaces are the perfect DIY to make for a birthday present, Mother’s Day gift, or even for yourself.
You can make them in multiple colors, or substitute the pearl for your favorite type of gem or 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
- Round nose pliers
- Flush cutter
- 5 large jump rings
- I use 16 gauge 9.5 mm ID 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
- 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
You can purchase most of these materials on Fire Mountain Gems or you can purchase the kit that includes everything you need to make this (minus the tools).
How to make the necklace:
Take the three largest jump rings (9.5 mm) and close one of them (you know it’s closed well when it makes a nice click and the two ends are flush). Take a second one and loop it through the first jump ring and close it. Take the two looped jump rings and hold them so that there is a space between where they overlap. Think of it as you are making a very small venn diagram with your jump rings. In that space, loop the third jump ring and close it up. You’ve got the 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.
(Not 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.)
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