Marilyn Gardiner's Big Bad Pearl Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making , Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. The basic chain for this 19″ necklace is a super easy - one ring linked to the next - all the way to the end of the necklace.
Big Bad Pearl Necklace
by Marilyn Gardiner
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Chain Making, Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
The basic chain for this 19″ necklace is a super easy - one ring linked to the next - all the way to the end of the necklace. The real fun starts with using headpins to add a wrapped loop to the pearls and adding them to the basic chain. It's awesome - check out the slang meaning of "bad".

Materials

Jump Rings Sterling Silver 16 gauge AWG, 3.25 mm ID
  • Lesson Quantity: 136.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Jump Rings Sterling Silver 18 gauge AWG, 3 mm ID
  • Lesson Quantity: 28.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Jump Ring sterling silver 16 gauge AWG, 4.5 mm ID
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
8.24X15.05mm Silver Finish Brass Lobster Claw - Pack Of 1
LR3-303
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.25
  • Gold Club Price: $1.69
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8-10mm Large Hole (1.2mm) White Double Shine Fresh Water Pearls - Pack of 20
A8-03
  • Lesson Quantity: 25.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Sterling Silver Head Pin (.020) 24GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
K8-18
  • Lesson Quantity: 28.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 3.00 pieces
  • Price: $1.97
  • Gold Club Price: $1.48
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Instructions
Step 1
We'll start with the 16 gauge 3.25 mm jump rings. You will need an equal number of open rings and closed rings - so open a bunch of rings and close an equal number of rings. See my previous tip on how to open and close jump rings.
Step 2
Pick up an open ring with your pliers, go through the ring at the end of the lobster clasp, and then add one of the closed rings. Close the ring. You will have 2 rings attached to the clasp.
Step 3
Pick up another open ring with your pliers, go through the end ring of your chain, and then add one of the closed rings. Close the ring. You will now have 4 rings attached to the clasp.
Marilyn Gardiner's Big Bad Pearl Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Add jump rings and end ring.
Step 4
Keep repeating until you have used up all the 3.25 mm rings.
Step 5
At the end, add the single 4.5 mm. The chain should be about 19 inches in length. You can shorten/lengthen it later it you find that would suit you better.
Step 6
Wire Wrap the Pearls:

Directions:

Take your round nose pliers and make a mark with a permanent fine-tip marker at a spot for making a small loop that a jump ring will fit through. You could test the loop size with a piece of scrap wire. Take another look at the first photo.
Step 7
Put a pearl on a headpin. With chain nose pliers grab the headpin at the top of the bead. Bend the wire across the top of the pliers to make a sharp bend.
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Step 8
Replace the chain nose pliers with your round nose pliers. Hold the pliers at the mark and always keep them parallel to the work surface. The end of the wire points away from you.
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Step 9
Grab the wire with your fingers, lift it up and around the top jaw, and then downwards until it's pointing to the floor.
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Step 10
Pull the pliers out of the loop. Put the lower jaw of the pliers back into the loop at the mark.
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Step 11
Grab the wire end with your fingers and swing it under the lower jaw and up until it points away from you (90 degree angle).
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Step 12
Swing the wire under the pliers and around the stem to make the first wrap. Continue to wrap the wire around the stem. Make about 3 wraps. Use a pair of chain nose pliers to help make a nice tight wrap.
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Step 13
Use wire cutters to cut off the excess wire. Use chain nose pliers to carefully press the tip of the wire in against the stem.
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Step 14
Wire wrap all 25 pearls.
Step 15
Attach the Pearls to the Chain

You bought 18 gauge 3 mm rings to attach the pearls to the basic chain. Open them now.
Step 16
Fold the chain in half to find the center ring. Pick up an open jump ring, go through that center ring, add a wrapped pearl, and close the jump ring.
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Step 17
One-by-one, add one pearl to every second link. (Have another look at the first photo.)
Step 18
Add 12 pearls on one side of that center pearl. Repeat with 12 more pearls on the other side of the center pearl.
Step 19
Make Adjustments
Step 20
Try on your necklace. If you want it shorter, remove the two parts of the clasp, and then remove an equal number of jump rings from each end. Add the clasp parts back on.
Step 21
To make a longer necklace, remove the clasp parts, add an equal number of jump rings to each end, and then replace the clasp. Wear it and enjoy the compliments! Yes, you can wear this with jeans.
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