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Shell Bead Pendant

Shell Bead Pendant 

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!

Step 1

Gather Supplies

  • 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 pearl.  Coin Pearls on eBay
  • 2 head pins to attach pearls
  • 2 open jump rings to attach chain

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Shell Bead Pendant


Step 2

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.  

Shell Bead Pendant

Shell Bead Pendant


Step 3

Attach shell components to each other

Using a closed wire wrap loop to make connected beaded chain, (see 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.

 Shell Bead Pendant


Step 4

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 one. 

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.

Shell Bead Pendant


Step 5

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.

Shell Bead Pendant

That's it, your new pendant is ready to wear!

Shell Bead Pendant





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