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Teardrop pearls and chain necklace

I wanted to make a pearl necklace that wasn’t your typical knotted strand — something updated and fashion forward, with some swing and movement. Surprisingly, I found my inspiration in an old painting of a Russian princess. These large, graduated pearls were just what I needed to transform the grandeur of the Russian court into a 21st-century design.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 20–23 in. (51–58 cm) 

  • 30 mm teardrop pearl
  • 8 26 mm teardrop pearls
  • 2 22 mm teardrop pearls
  • 48 5 mm round beads
  • 48 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) eye pins
  • 11 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 19–22-in. (48–56 cm) large-and-small link chain, 12 mm long links
  • 4–5 mm jump ring
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Teardrop pearls and findings available from Gilding the Lily, vintagedesignresource.com. Round cat’s eye beads from Craftkitsandsupplies.com. Antique brass chain from Ohiobeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Teardrop pearls and chain necklace Step 1
Step 1
On a head pin, string a 30 mm pearl and make a plain loop. Make eight 26 mm pearl units and two 22 mm pearl units.
Teardrop pearls and chain necklace Step 2
Step 2
On an eye pin, string a round bead. Make a plain loop perpendicular to the first loop. Make 48 connectors. 
Teardrop pearls and chain necklace Step 3
Step 3
Open a loop of a connector and attach a second connector. Close the loop. Attach two more connectors. Make 12 dangles.
Teardrop pearls and chain necklace Step 4
Step 4
Cut a 19–22-in. (48–56 cm) piece of chain with an odd number of links. Attach the 30 mm pearl unit to the center link.
Teardrop pearls and chain necklace Step 5
Step 5
On each side, attach a dangle to the next large link. Attach a 26 mm unit to the next large link. Repeat the pattern three times.
Teardrop pearls and chain necklace Step 6
Step 6
On each side, attach a dangle, a 22 mm unit, and a dangle to the next large links, respectively. 
Teardrop pearls and chain necklace Step 7
Step 7
On one end, use a jump ring to attach an end link and a lobster claw clasp.
Marker tip
Tip
Before you begin, use a permanent marker to indicate on your roundnose pliers where to make your plain loops. Use this mark as a gauge to keep your loops a consistent size. You can use rubbing alcohol to remove the mark.
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