DIY: Pearl and Chain Necklace

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I’ve had this long pearl necklace in my overwhelming stash for years!  It’s hasn’t been part of my neck rotation for over a year now. Since pearls tend to make me feel a little grandma-ish, I was trying to decide whether to keep them or go ahead and give them away.  As you can see I  decided to dust them off and give them a stylish new makeover.  Check out the steps below! Oh! Before that check out yours truly being featured as Meet the Maker on Kollabora.com !

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Things you need:

  • Pearl necklace
  • An assortment of gold chains in different sizes
  • 2 Extra large jump rings
  • 2 large jump rings
  • 1 medium jump ring
  • Lobster clasp

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First, If you have a super long pearl necklace, like mine, you need to  double it over.

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Then cut your chains. You don’t want every chain the same length. Make some as long as your pearls and some shorter. I used three chains both 1 inch shorter than my pearls.  Make sure to pick chains in different sizes! Thin, large, chunky…..etc…

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Start threading your chains onto a large jump ring. Do this to both ends.

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Slide your pearls onto the extra large jump ring then slide on your chains. Close up jump ring with pliers. Repeat steps on the other side.

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This is what is should like like with your pearls and chains hooked together. This is the bottom portion.  Now we need to create a piece that will connect it around your neck.

DSCN3871 Take a small link chain about 20 inches and connect lobster clasp with jump ring.

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Connect the other end of the chain to your pearls and chains.

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Add the last large jump ring to the other end of your necklace.

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This is where you will attach your clasp when wearing your necklace.

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This necklace can be worn two ways. This is the longer length.

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This is the shorter length. You bring the chain around your neck then through jump ring then back around and attach clasp to your jump ring.

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You can adjust the length to your liking!  Now, this baby will be in full neck rotation!

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