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Pearls & Seed Beads

Instructions for making Pearls & Seed Beads Necklace out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making supplies using common jewelry tools:

Blue Multicolor AB Beads Beadstringing Jewelry Making Project bracelet


When making any necklace, there are a couple of things that must be decided.  Now only do you need to decide how you will make the necklace, but you also need to decide on what materials will you use and what will the necklace look like.  The most simple necklace design is a single strand of just one type of bead.  We recommend a slight modification to that design -- a necklace with just two types of beads.  In this case, a classic pearl necklace looks great with pearl beads separated by much smaller seed beads.  The seed beads provide spacing between the pearl beads to make it look like the classic hand strung pearl necklace.  Personally, we like seed beads that are the same color as the clasp that you use, either a silver or gold clasp works with crystal S/L or gold/topaz S/L seed beads.  The seed beads used in the necklace shown here are size 8 seed beads and this is a good size -- not too small and not too large.  Please see our item 0980 for use with a silver clasp and item 0981 for use with a gold clasp.  The main beads in this simple necklace can be 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm or even larger.  We are going to call these main beads -- "background beads".   

Blue Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project

While a classic pearl necklace with just pearl beads separated by seed beads will go with most outfits, sometimes you want something with a little more style.  To do this, we add color and composition with the use of focal beads.  This is the next "step up" in necklace complexity.  Instead of just two bead, you will now use three beads.  In the case of the necklace shown here, the focal beads are our Rainbow AB beads in cobalt blue glass, item 3461.  This necklace is made by spacing a focal bead evenly along a strand of our background beads all separated by seed beads.  (We call the basic beads "background" beads because they form the background for the necklace.)  The spacing can be a focal bead for every 2, 3, 4, 5, or more background beads and all background beads and focal beads are separated from one another by size 8 seed beads.  Your background beads can be 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, or 10mm.  The focal beads need to be eye catching and can be any size.  For the necklace shown, we used the following components:

Here is a matrix of other combinations of beads that will also work to make a similar necklace with our Blue Rainbow AB beads, item 3461, as focal beads.


Clasp Seed Beads Background Beads
Gold or

Item 0337
Item 0338
Item 0040

Size 8
Gold S/L
Item 0981
Swarovski Crystal Pearls
6mm White
Item 2711
Item 2715
Item 2716
Item 2713
8mm White
Item 2723
Item 2727
Item 2728
Item 2725
10mm White Item 3443

Gemstone Beads

6mm Blue Sandstone
Item 3071
Item 3075


Jewelry Making Supplies Requried
(see the above table)

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • Beads
  • Crimp Beads
  • Clasp
  • End Cone
  • Bead Stringing Wire
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Wire cutter with extra hardness for cutting stainless steel bead stringing wire.
  • Crimping pliers
  • Hemostat
  • Round Nose Pliers (Optional)
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers (Optional)

Jewelry Making Skills Required:


Summary of jewelry making project:

Sometimes you look at a project and say "I made that!  Wow!"  For us this necklace is one of those projects.  We really like the way the accent beads we chose work with the background beads.  We also like the way we used end cones and jewelry wire to connect to the clasp jewelry finding.  We invented this new approach to connecting bead stringing wire to a clasp finding using end cone connectors because we think it looks nicer and is stronger.  For many reasons, we are proud of this necklace.  We suggest that you make one like it.



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