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Keshi pearl necklace

String a simple yet striking necklace from a graduated strand of pearls
Keshi pearl necklace

Pearls are a great style choice because they work beautifully year-round. Case in point: The olive color of these keshi pearls is perfect for winter, yet their organic shape is reminiscent of warmer weather and island vacations.

See instructions for the necklace and earring set below, or download the free project PDF above.

Supplies

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 15–30 mm graduated keshi pearls
  • 10–12 mm accent bead
  • 15–20 5 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pin
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 2 in. (5 cm) chain, 9–10 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • 12–18 15–25 mm keshi pearls
  • 2 5 mm spacers
  • 2 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Pearls from JP Pearl & Jewelry, Inc., 415.812.8843, jpjewelry@aol.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

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Step 1

Instructions – Necklace

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String about 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm) of pearls and a spacer. Repeat until the strand is within 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) of the finished length, ending with pearls.

Tip!

Typically I’d start the necklace by centering the beads, but it’s easier to string it end-to-end. If you’re set on starting from the center, cut the thread of the original graduated strand in the center. String the largest keshis first, then pull pearls from each side.

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Step 2
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Step 3

2. On one end, string a spacer, a crimp bead, a spacer, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of chain for the clasp. Check the fit and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

3. On a head pin, string an accent bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end link of the extender chain and complete the wraps.

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Step 1
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Step 2

Instructions – Earrings

1. On a head pin, string six to nine pearls and a spacer. Make a wrapped loop.

2. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

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