DIY Clustered Pearl Necklace

by Alicia on January 24, 2012

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The DIY projects have been MIA around here lately primarily due to the amount of time I’ve been spending on Whimseybox. But they are important to me (and my wardrobe, and my sanity!) so I’m trying to get back into habit of spending some time apart from my laptop :)

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This Modcloth necklace was featured on the Teen Vogue tumbler a few weeks ago and instantly reminded me of a project I’ve never shared here. Since it’s only $35 at Modcloth and takes a bit of time to make it might not be the perfect DIY project unless you really want to customize the look. Nonetheless, here’s the how-to!

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I used some curb chain, Beadalon stringing wire, an assortment of freshwater pearls, headpins, jump rings, a few crimp beads and a clasp. To create:

1. Thread a pearl onto a headpin. (Make sure you purchase headpins that are small enough to fit through the small holes drilled in each pearl.) Then complete the wire-wrap without attaching the loop to anything. Repeat this about a zillion times.
2. Cut a length of stringing wire, at least 12”. You can always cut the excess off later. Attach one side to your chain by looping it through the end link of the chain and use a crimp bead to secure.
3. Open a jump ring and thread as many wire-wrapped pearls as you can onto it- I could fit about 8. Close the jump ring and then thread it onto your stringing wire. Repeat this about a zillion times.
4. When you have enough pearls on the wire and you like the look (it takes quite a few to make it nice and bulky!) attach the stringing wire to the other side of the chain again using a crimp bead. Snip off the excess
5. Add a clasp to the to chain in the center back.

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This was a pretty brief set of instructions. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comments!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Grace - Stripes & Sequins January 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

This is such a fun tutorial, Alicia! I love it.


Alicia January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Thanks Grace :)


Rocquelle January 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

What an awesome necklace that I don’t have the patience or understanding to make!


Robin January 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

amazing work!!!! looks like a good way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon!


Alicia January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Exactly, put on a movie and wrap away!


pawdua January 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Certain types of bead crochet with fine thread will also work for a similar effect without putting each pearl on it’s own head pin for those deficient in jewelry skills.


Truebluemeandyou January 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Love this necklace and how you customized it. But what I love the most is how honest you were about the time it took and that it may not be a perfect DIY for everyone! That is why I follow your blog :)


Alicia January 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Hey thanks, that’s a really sweet comment! I appreciate it.


Divya N January 25, 2012 at 1:27 am

Cute – but def time consuming. Maybe if we bought pre wrapped pearls it would be a little more expensive but would work for most people who dont have this sort of time and patience


Alicia January 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

That would work, or the truly impatient could just buy the Modcloth version! This project is more of a labor of love that would make a great heirloom piece for an event like a wedding or graduation.


ilovedoityourself January 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I will add this to my to do list :) thanks for sharing!


alicia January 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Awesome, post a pic when you’re done!


Lesia Dent February 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love this necklace but am just beginning to learn about beading. I would love to make one but dont understand what you mean when you say complete the wire wrap at the beginning of the instructions. I would really appreciate more info on this part. Thanks Lesia


alicia February 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hi Lesia! I haven’t done a post about basic wire-wrapping primarily because there are many great posts and information already out there. Did you watch the video I linked to? Also check out the tutorials on this blog: and Google ‘how to wire-wrap.’ You might also check out a beginning jewelry making class in your local area – that’s how I learned originally!


Soccer Mom Style a.k.a. Maya March 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Love this! Not sure how I missed it.


diyaddict March 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

this is so amazing! I want to make it so bad but I can’t really understand the instructions.. Can someone that is going to be making this post pictures of the step? I really want to make it !


Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims January 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I love this project! I featured it on a Pearl Necklace round-up on my blog! Here’s the link:


beader May 18, 2014 at 10:47 am

Where can I find head pins fine enough to fit in a pearl? Thanks


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