About This Design
Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Level of Difficulty: All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $15-20 as shown.
I wanted to try the new metal mesh cord to make a mesh
necklace. It's delicate, lacy, fun to work with--and the sky is
the limit on your design possibilities. You can slide beads inside
the tube, attach them to the outside with wire, or stretch and shape the
mesh to meet your design objectives. This necklace features charcoal gray and tiny white seed
pearls, along with crystals encased in a random and organic design.
Want to learn how to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself? Let's get started!
Notes: Decide how long you want your handcrafted necklace to be.
- 1 Length of mesh. Allow extra length if you plan to stretch the
- 10-15 beads of choice to go inside the mesh. I used gray
and white freshwater pearls, and clear crystals.
- 2 Tab ends
- Clasp of choice. I Used a sterling silver lobster claw
clasp with an extender chain.
- Length of sterling silver half hard wire to attach clasp
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Thread beads onto or into mesh wire tube
This is a design with lots of free reign for how you want the final
piece to look. Experiment and see what effect you like. If
you like my design, insert all of the beads on the inside of the tube in
the order you want them. Stretch and pull the mesh (if desired) to
flatten out some sections and hold beads in place in tight sections.
If you want to place beads inside of the mesh as I have, you can use
the tip of your round nose pliers or a pen cap to gently open and
separate the end of the mesh tube. Once the end is separated, very
gently work beads into the inside of the mesh tube. This is fairly
easy with smooth pearls, but be careful as
the mesh is delicate and if you have a scratchy bead (faceted) you might
accidentally tear a hole and the beads could fall out (I learned this
the hard way).
Another option is to attach beads to the outside of the mesh using
wire or head pins. Just hook the wire through the mesh and make a
wire loop. Carefully attach wire being careful not to tear the
Finally, you can cut the mesh tube open and try shaping it or
wrapping it around wire forms.
Attach the clasp
Place the ends of the mesh into the tab end and press it down so it
is snugly in place. Use the chain nose pliers to fold down the
tabs to hold the mesh tightly and securely in place. Follow these
instructions to learn this technique. Trim off any excess
ends. Option - you can place a drop of glue or cement in prior to
closing the tabs, for added security.
Use a small length of silver wire, and create a round loop.
Attach one end of the loop to the tab end. Slide a pearl or bead
onto the stem, then make a round loop on the other side and attach that
to the clasp. As an option, you could just attach the tab end to
the clasp using a jump ring or split ring. Repeat on the second
half of the clasp or extender chain. If you used an extender
chain, I always attach one detail bead as a drop on the end of the
That's it. Your great new necklace is ready to wear!