and Crystal Choker
About This Design
Time: Approximately 1- 2 hours
Level of Difficulty: All Levels
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $20-25 as shown.
Simple, elegant, and sophisticated pearls are always right for
special occasions. This design is perfect for bridal
jewelry. Freshwater pearls come in every possible range of
colors. Also, Swarovski makes glass pearls and they are a very
nice alternative and come in very uniform shapes and sizes. This
necklace is hand-knotted on silk thread.
TIP - For wedding jewelry, make this necklace in colored pearls for
matching the bridesmaids dresses. Match or contrast the silk
thread for more interest.
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.
I went for a shorter choker length, but attached an extender chain so it can be
worn up to 16 inches long. If you are making a custom choker as a gift,
measure the neck and make the necklace an exact fit, or use an extender chain to
ensure a good fit. This is especially important if you are trying to get a
certain look to work with the neckline of a wedding gown.
- 1 strand of freshwater pearls in choice of colors. I used
pinkish colored pearls in my design. Freshwater
- 5 Swarovski crystals in clear crystal AB or choice of colors
- 1 2-inch length of extender chain. I used bulk sterling
silver cable chain.
- 2 clamshell bead tips
- jewelry adhesive or hypo cement
- 1 card of fine silk thread. I used Griffin silk cord,
pale pink, size 4. Silk
- 1 headpin for extender chain bead drop
- 1 clasp of choice. I used a sterling silver lobster claw clasp.
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Assemble extender chain
Thread a pearl bead onto a headpin. Make a closed wire loop at the
top, attaching it to one end of your extender chain. If
you need help wire wrapping a loop, just follow these instructions.
Thread and knot beads onto cord
You will be following my
instructions for knotting cord and stringing beads. Start by
removing all the cord from the card. Insert the needle through the
hole of a clamshell bead tip, and knot one end with a regular overhand
knot. Add some glue and cut off the end after it has thoroughly
TIP - If you are concerned that the knot is too small and it might
pull through the hole, you can always knot a tiny seed bead into place
as it will be covered with the clamshell tip once it is closed.
Begin by stringing a pearl, and making a knot (be sure to pull the
knot tight up against the pearl using either pliers, an awl, or any
other pointy tool such as a headpin). Repeat until you reach the
center of your design, where you will alternate a crystal, pearl,
crystal for all five of your crystals. Use a ruler or a bead design
board so you can tell where to start the crystal beads.
Attach the clasp and extender chain
At the final end, string thread0 through the bottom of clamshell tip, and tie
a knot. Use your tool to hold the knot in place while you snug the final
bead up close against the clamshell bead tip. Add some cement to the knot
for added security.
Use your pliers to gently squeeze each clamshell closed around the knots.
Use your pliers to gently close the hook on the end to attach your lobster
clasp, and extender chain to either end of your choker. Don't just smash
the hook end of the clamshell closed, but grasp the tip of the hook with your
pliers and smoothly round it over and closed.
That's it. Your great new choker is ready to wear!
Matching Jewelry Set
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