Every day at least one reader that comes here searches for "pearl collar necklace". After a while it started to make me feel sad that they were coming here and not getting what they wanted. So guess, what? That's right, I made a pearl collar necklace for all you Searchy McGillicutties out there.
This project is really pretty simple. You will need:
- Jewelry chain
- Screw Clasp Closures
- Thread and needle
- Pearl Half Beads
- Free printable pattern
- Rhinestones (optional)
- Hot glue gun
Take your pattern and cut out 2 of the sort of crescent shaped pieces. I put print 2, but actually meant cut. I used black felt to make my stones really pop, but you can use cream or white for a more subtle look, or any color you please, really.
Next take your chain and begin tacking it to the backside of your felt pieces. I went ahead and cut my chain about 3 inches longer than I expected I would want it, just to be safe.
When you reach the middle, overlap your two piees a bit and continue to tack your chain down. When you reach the end, tie your thread off.
Place your joined pieces on top of a piece of felt and trim around to make a solid pieced duplicate. Use your thread to tack the backside onto the front. This part is optional but I encourage it. Felt alone is flimsy and we'll be putting a considerable amount of weight on the frontside. The extra piece will just give it all that much more structure.
Now it's time for the fun part. Start affixing your pearls and rhinestones to the front side using your hot glue gun. You can choose to work in a pattern or work randomly.
To fill in some of the in between space, I used tiny hot fix rhinestones and my Tulip Cordless Heat Setting Tool . Take care because you can melt your stones and pearls that aren't hot set if you get your setter too close, but I love this thing.
Placeyour necklace around your neck and determine the length you would like for your chain to be at. Trim if necessary and using jump rings attach your choice of closure to the necklace. I used a screw in closure because the finished product is fairly heavy. I wouldn't recommend using a magnetic closure for that reason.
To get rid of any hot glue stringys, hit this bad boy with hot air from your blow dryer. If any pieces are too thick to burn away, you can peel off using a pair of tweezers.
So now you have a pearl collar necklace that is both attractive and sturdy! Happy Hump Day peeps!