About This Design
Time: Approximately 2-3 hours
Level of Difficulty: All Levels (with Basic Wire Wrapping Knowledge)
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected.
Approximately $15-25 as shown.
Organic designs are in! Make something fun for summer with this
great shell bead pendant! This necklace features big bold shell
donut beads, with a teardrop shell and pearls dancing inside, with
mother of pearl round beads in a chain. An eye-catching design
that is lightweight and so fun to wear!
Want to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself?
Let's get started!
- 3 large Shell Donut beads, and 1 Teardrop Shell Bead. Shell
Donut Beads for sale on eBay.
- 1 strand of round mother of pearl beads. Mother
of Pearl Beads on eBay
- Length of sterling silver half hard wire (I used 24G)
- Clasp of choice. I used a sterling silver toggle clasp.
- A few inches of sterling link chain for attaching pearl drops
- 2 pearl beads. I used a teardrop shaped pearl, and a coin
Pearls on eBay
- 2 head pins to attach pearls
- 2 open jump rings to attach chain
Need Supplies? Check my Jewelry Supply pages to find what you need!
Craft the shell pendant components
We will use some sterling silver wire to create the pendant drop
detail. Cut five lengths of silver wire, several inches
long. Attach the wire to the hole in the shell bead with a large
diameter round loop. If
you need help learning to make a loop, follow these instructions.
On the center round donut shell, you will attach two wires, so one can
attach to either of the top two donut shell beads.
Attach shell components to each other
Using a closed wire wrap loop to make connected beaded
instructions), connect the shell components. Let's start on
the bottom. Slide one bead on the wire, and then made a very large
diameter loop (so that it fits onto the bottom of the shell donut), and
close the wire loop. Next we will attach the center bottom donut
shell to the top two shell donuts. Slide three mother of pearl
beads onto each wire, and again make a very large diameter loop to
attach each wire to each shell donut (so it fits and hangs easily on
each shell), and close the wire loop.
Attach pearl bead drops
Next we will attach the pearl beads so they hang inside the two
bottom shells. Cut two pieces of link chain of the proper length so each
bead will hang in the center of the shell donut. I used a
coin pearl in the center shell, and a teardrop shaped pearl in the
bottom. Slide each pearl onto a headpin, and make a wire loop on
the top of each pearl bead, using your round nose pliers. Attach
each pearl to a piece of link chain with a closed wire loop.
You will have two pieces of chain with a pearl at the bottom of each
Next, let's attach the chain and pearl components to the
shells. Open a jump ring, and attach the chain and pearl component
to the wire loop at the top of each shell bead, then close the jump ring
carefully with your pliers. Follow
these instructions to become familiar with this technique. The
chains should be hanging with pearls dangling in the center
"frame" of each shell. If your beads are hanging too low
and the chain is too long, just remove it from the jump ring, cut off a
link or two, and put it back on.
Make mother of pearl beaded chain and attach clasp
Now we will begin making the mother of pearl beaded chain that goes
around the top of the necklace. With each mother of pearl bead,
slide it onto a short length of silver wire, and make closed loops,
attaching each bead following
my instructions for making beaded chain. Use a bead design
board or ruler to determine the proper length of your necklace.
When the necklace is the length you want it to be, attach the clasp
components to the ends and close the loops.
That's it, your new pendant is ready to wear!