I've titled this DIY Jewelry Tutorial the Mermaid Necklace. However, no need to start singing Part of Your World or combing your hair with a fork because I don't literally mean a necklace a Mermaid would wear, but when I look at the finished product I'm definitely getting a sea-vibe from it.
I think that these pretty blue/green glass drop beads are what make it feel so beachy and elegant at the same time. Whatever the reason, I love how this necklace turned out!
Also! If jewelry making is not your thing this necklace is for sale in my etsy shop!
DIY Mermaid Inspired Necklace Tutorial
For this project you will need: teardrop beads (I used these pretty blue and green teardrop beads from Wholeport), gold spacer beads, head pins, eye pins (not pictured), gold chain, jump rings, a clasp, needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters.
This necklace is made up of a bunch of links of the teardrop beads. For each chain of beads you will need one bottom bead on a head pin, and the rest put on eye pins to be able to connect to the next bead. So, first step is to string a teardrop bead and a spacer bead onto a headpin.
Bend the wire 90 degrees using needle nose pliers.
Trim off most of the wire leaving only a short tail with wire cutters.
Grab the end of the tail with round nose pliers and bend the wire around the pliers forming a loop
Next, string a teardrop bead and a spacer bead onto an eye pin
Create a loop at the top just like we did for the first bead.
Next, attach the first bead to the bottom loop on the second bead using needle nose pliers to squeeze the loop open and shut.
Keep building your chain of beads:
Continue for however long you want your necklace to be. My longest link was six beads long.
Next up grab some chain. I decided to go with a heftier chain than the gold chain I originally pictured - so glad I did! I think it helps balance out the beads better than a thinner chain would have.
Snip the chain to your desired length using wire cutters
Find the center of the chain and attach the longest link to it using a jump ring and needle nose pliers
Do the same thing for the rest of the links
Lastly, attach a clasp to the back of the necklace using jump rings
All done! Step back and enjoy the stunning new necklace you've just created :)
The color of these beads I think just makes the necklace, but it still would be pretty with a solid color for a different look.
Hey, if I was Ariel I would wear it :) And you know, if I was a human like I am I'd be ok with having it in my collection as well.
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