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September 13, 2011

DIY Chain and Coin Pearl Necklace

DIY Chain and Pearl Bead Necklace

Today I'm wearing this necklace.  I made it before I left for Hungary.  I actually wanted to take it with me, but at the last minute I jettisoned things from my too-heavy suitcase and this necklace was among the items that were axed (along with a bunch of stuff I actually needed). 

Want to make one?

The technique is really similar to how I made the simple earrings I blogged about last month (I'm a one-trick pony). 

Jewelry Making Tutorial

Using wire cutters, cut your chain into equal lengths - as many as your require.  I needed 18 equal pieces.

Make a chain and pearl necklace

Using needle-nose pliers, open the end of an eye pin.

How to use an eye pin in jewelery making

Loop the open end of the eye pin onto a length of chain.

Eye pin and chain necklace

Close the loop gently.

Jewelery making with pliers

Thread a coin pearl on to the eye pin.

Coin pearl necklace

Trim the excess wire from the eye pin.

Eye pin tutorial

Using the same technique outlined here, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.  Then, working away from the bend, create a loop from the wire.  You want to mimic the other end of the eye pin for a seamless look.

Before you close the loop you made, attach the eye pin to another length of chain.

Keep repeating until you link the last length of chain/coin pearl to the first.  No clasp needed if the necklace is large enough to fit over your head.

DIY Coin pearl necklace

DIY Coin pearl necklace

Here is my "inspiration" (you can see I pretty much stole this idea!):

Mmmm, high quality camera-phone pic.


  1. Tanya, you're super talented. I love your necklace and the way you're styling it with the art.

    I'd love to see it on you sometime!

  2. Thanks Starlet. I will keep your comment in mind when taking photos. Note to self: more photos of moi! :) But my good hair days are few and far between . . .

  3. Love it! You're really making me want to drag out the jewelry-making supplies and get busy.

  4. You definitely should, Dana. And show me what you make!!! I bet your pieces would be so mod and beautiful.

  5. I would never have tried this but you made it look so super easy. There's a great bead shop close by so I'm definitely adding this to my list. Beautiful job!

  6. yours is better, i love it!!!!


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