This chunky and edgy necklace that I hand made is now one of my go to necklaces for a night out. I used tortoise shell beads with crystal spikes and pearls individually wire wrapped onto sturdy gold chains. I love mixing the edgy crystal spikes with the more classic pearls and gold chains. I love this necklace for dressing up a casual outfit or topping off a fancy little black dress.
First I sketched a rough picture of what I wanted to make, then I went to Hobby Lobby and Joe Ann’s Fabrics to get the things I needed.
Here is a list of the materials used:
- Fresh water and fake pearls of various sizes.
- Mother of pearl shell shards.
- Various colors (cream, yellow, clear, and light pink) and shapes of crystals, both Swarovski and others.
- Silver deco beads.
- Swarovski silver and crystal rondelle spacer beads.
- A two-inch lace, a trimmer lace, and another thicker, stretchy lace that was about 1 1/2 inches thick.
- Head pins.
- Mod Podge Shiny finishing spray.
Step One: Cut two pieces of a wide lace and arrange in a V shape.
Step Two: Sew the two pieces together, and then sew in some pleats so that the necklace curves around your neck. Keep on trying it on to make sure that it fits around your neck well.
Step Three: Sew a lace trim on the inside of the necklace for an added touch.
Step Four: Sew another piece of lace on top of the wide lace–this will give more support for the hundreds of beads that we will attach later.
Step Five: Sew a chain of peals and crystals on the edge of the wide lace and onto of the trim lace. This will create a more “professional” look.
Step Six: Sew a clasp on. I got a clasp that had three rings on it which I sewed, and then reenforced with wire–this is a necessary step because the necklace will be very heavy, and so it needs the extra support, otherwise the clasp will tear off. I finished the clasp by spraying it with a finishing spray so that it won’t tarnish or rust.
Step Seven: Finally attach the beads! Put them on a head pin, trim, and bend, attaching it to the necklace. I first attached the bigger, statement beads evenly, and then added hundreds of little pearls, crystals, and mother of pearl shell shards. You can add as many or as few as you like–depending on how full you want it to be.
How to style: I paired the necklace with a strapless dress, which created the illusion of having a halter neck line. Since it is such a statement necklace, make sure to keep other accessories to a minimum. I also wear this necklace with a pair of jeans and some killer nude heels (sorry, no pics). I am planning on wearing it with a navy v-neck maxi dress for a fancy event.