Pearl flower necklace

Build a jewelry rose with keshi pearls
Pearl flower necklace

Barbara J. Cohan-Saavedra of Philadelphia created this necklace for her mother. She and her mother were admiring the peach keshi pearls and thought they looked like rose petals. Barbara knows her roses: She’s made them in hot glass (melting individual petals to a core) and in sugar (piped onto cakes). In this case, she built the flower from the outside in so she could see how each petal would fall and ensure that the whole structure would be solid. She attached the cluster of stamens at the end. – Naomi Fujimoto

See step-by-step instructions in the gallery below, or  download the free project PDF above.

Supplies

Necklace 16–19 in. (41–48 cm)

  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 15–18 mm keshi pearls, top drilled
  • 8–10 11–13 mm coin pearls
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 7–8 mm round pearls
  • 16–20 4 mm faceted glass rondelles or crystal-accent rondelles
  • 16–20 4 mm saucer-shaped beads or spacers
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 25 mm perforated beading disk, or 7⁄8 - or 1 1⁄4-in. (2.2 or 3.2 cm) mesh dome with pin-back finding
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 40 in. (1 m) 24-gauge wire
  • 7–9 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 Wire Guardians
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Perforated beading disk/disc from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, 800.355.2137, firemountaingems.com. Mesh dome with pin-back finding from Designer’s Findings, designersfindings.net.

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