Last year I was a finalist on the Hallmark Channel Home and Family DIY Star Competition. I found a pretty floral Calvin Klein dress, but it needed a pretty necklace to coordinate. So I whipped up this DIY Triple Strand Pearl Necklace. This is still one of my favorite jewelry pieces and it works with denim or pastels. Dress it up or down, but either way it’s sure to garner tons of compliments. I didn’t win the competition, but at least I felt pretty and that’s half the battle. Right? (There are a smattering of black pearls in this design, which I just realized as I was editing the photo. Oops, yet somehow they work, so I’m going to pretend that was intentional. Or not, since I just told you the truth. You can replace some navy pearls with black or pretend you didn’t notice. Shhhhh…)
You will need (Disclosure: We use affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we get a small percentage of the sale. That’s how we keep our bead stash stocked!)
12mm Swarovski Crystal Pearl Beads (26 Rose Pink, 24 Navy Blue, 49 Baby Blue)
Five Hole Spacers
Beadalon EZ-Crimp Ends
6 Six Beadalon Size Two Crimp Tubes
Beadalon .018 19 Strand Beading Wire
Start by arranging your pearls and spacers on a triple strand bead board. This will help your design fall properly when strung and worn. Follow the pattern shown so the beads are alternated on the finished design. The first and fifth sections on all three strands have six beads. The second, third, and fourth sections are as follows: interior strand 6 beads, middle strand 7 beads, outer strand 8 beads.
Use the Mighty Crimp Tool round channel to secure the wire inside of the EZ-crimp end as shown, Tug on the wire to be sure it’s firmly secured. Repeat for all three strands.
String from inner to outer, threading the wire through the first, third, and fifth holes in the spacers as shown.
Finish ends with EZ-Crimps. Chain nose pliers can help grasp and pull the wires through the EZ-Crimps. Keep the design rounded to maintain a little space between the pearls, this will keep your necklace from being too stiff.
Finish by attaching ends to first, fourth, and fifth loops on clasp.
Make some matching earrings using eye pins, head pins, and coiled loops. Learn how with our video tutorial.
So pretty, yes?