Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY J.Crew-Inspired Pearl Necklace

True to my OCD tendencies, it has been driving me crazy that I have several DIY posts on Not Without Heels and obviously the rest of my DIY posts on this blog. I want them organized and all in the same place. So - I decided to move the few tutorials I have over there to Delightfully DIY. I'm not changing anything when I move the post, aside from updating images with new watermarks (again - to satisfy my OCD need for things to be the same) and resizing (because for some reason I decided to make my images here about 20 px wider than on my other blog). As I post them here, I'll update the original post on Not Without Heels with a link to the post. Or maybe if I'm feeling super ambitious I'll figure out a way to forward that page to the new page here.

Here is the original post:

Delightfully DIY: J.Crew Inspired Pearl Necklace
A couple days ago I decided to try and come up with some new ideas to use up some of the beads I have had forever and the result has been me in a bit of a jewelry-making frenzy since then. When I found this J.Crew Pearl Ball Choker it seemed like the perfect DIY inspiration for the stockpile of glass pearls that I've had (and haven't used) for probably 3 years now. (On a side note: if you actually wanted to make a DIY version of this necklace and not just something inspired by it's shape/colors, I think you could probably find similar beads on a site like Fusion Beads, Beadaholique, or maybe Etsy.)

You will need:

2 different sizes of chain (the smaller about 12 inches and the larger only 3 inches)
220 6mm glass pearl beads (12 per bead ball plus a few extra)
Fishing line
Lobster claw clasp
2 eye pins
2 jump rings (one slightly larger)
E-6000 glue (or something similar)
Small round pliers

Cut a piece of fishing line (I used 12 inches which was overkill but I wanted to make sure I had plenty) and string together 12 pearls to make a beaded ball. If you don't know how to make a beaded ball, Hello Whimsy has a great tutorial on how to put these together.

Put a pearl on one of the eye pins. Then, using the rounded pliers, bend the extra metal down (almost to a 90 degree angle) and then form a loop. You will need two of these.

Attach one of the eye pin pearls to one end of the smaller chain. Time to start threading the chain through your bead balls! Tying a needle to the end of the chain makes threading these much simpler. Also, make sure your chain doesn't get too twisted.

Once all the pearls are threaded on the chain, find where to cut the chain and add the second eye pin pearl. This can be a little tricky because you want to find the link right at the end of the last bead. Since the tension (or something like that) is different when it is laying down, pick the necklace up to do this part. Once I found the correct link I put a piece of thread through it so I wouldn't lose which one it was.

Using the rounded pliers, open up one side of the eye pin and attach it to the last link on the chain. Now both sides are even and the main part of the necklace is finished.

For the first part of the clasp, attach the larger jump ring to the unattached end of the eye pin on the left side. Next, take your larger chain and use the smaller jump ring to connect one end to the loop on the bottom the the lobster claw.

To finish the necklace, open the unattached end of the eye pin on the right side and attach the other end of the chain. Because I had a couple left-over pearls, I put one on a head pin (done the same way as the eye pin) and attached it to the larger jump ring (the one where you close the necklace with the lobster claw.)

Delightfully DIY: J.Crew Inspired Pearl Necklace
All done! I now have a pretty pearl choker and I've used up some beads that I've had hanging around forever!

Linking up to: 504 Main | Craftionary | Design, Dining, & Diapers | The Shabby Nest | Thirty Handmade Days | Simply Designing


  1. This necklace is awesome! I can't wait to make one! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

  2. Thank you for sharing! :)
    I've seen another tutorial on making this kind of necklace, but this one is much more simple.

    I'm def. doin' this!


  3. Good information dear. some interesting stuff while Choosing Pearl Necklace to share

  4. This is gorgeous! I would never have the patience/coordination to make it though...

  5. Wow! What a beautiful and elegant-looking project.

  6. This is beautiful! I'm pretty new to this, and was wondering what the glue was for? Whether it comes up in this project or not I've seen some great reviews for that type of glue and will probably pick some up regardless.

  7. Just beautiful and so elegant... great DIY

  8. Just wanted to make sure you were aware that Panda Hall is using your tutorial on their Facebook page to promote their products...

  9. This is one of the rare occasions when the DIY remake is better than the inspiration - gorgeous!

  10. Lovely idea! The pearl necklace is do gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing.

  11. I love this project! I featured it on a Pearl Necklace round-up on my blog! Here's the link:

  12. Good idea. DIY concept. Could you please give me some ideas for my website

  13. Love this necklaces, I've been wanting to make something like that and you gave me inspiration to do that, thank you!

  14. All your hard work is much appreciated. This is probably the best , most concise step by step guide about making Pearl lariat necklace that I have ever seen. I really love necklaces even i always gift necklaces to my loved ones on many occasions. Lots of appreciation.