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Tin Cup Floating Pearl Necklace

By: Eva Sherman for Consumer Crafts

Remember how fabulous Rene Russo looked in the movie Tin Cup? Make your own version of that gorgeous necklace she wore throughout the movie with this free jewelry making project from Eva Sherman for Consumer Crafts!

Tin Cup Floating Pearl necklace

 

Materials:

  • 7 Strand Beadalon® sterling silver beading wire WC078710
  • 2 Packages of 6mm, round, white, Swarovski™ crystal pearls 0703-6-21
  • 1.3mm Silver crimp tubes 1963-29
  • 2.5mm Silver crimp tubes 1963-31
  • 12 x 7mm Heart-shaped lobster clasp in sterling silver 1997-08
  • 3.4mm Sterling silver jump rings 1958-76
  • Chain nose pliers 1995-10
  • Tape measure

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of silver plated beading wire the desired length of your finished necklace. We used 16”. (Note: Longer necklace requires more beads and crimps.) Slide a pearl to the center of the wire. Slide a 1×1 crimp on each side. Compress the crimp with chain nose pliers.
    Floating Pearl Necklace Tutorial
  2. Slide the next series of beads (crimp, pearl, crimp) to the right of the center pearl. Leaving a 1” space between pearls, crimp the next set into place. Repeat this step 5 or 6 times as required.
    Floating Pearl Necklace Tutorial
  3. Repeat the previous step on the left side of the center pearl.
    Floating Pearl Necklace Tutorial
  4. On one end, slide 2 2.5mm crimps and the lobster clasp. Make a bend in the wire 1/2” from the end.
    Floating Pearl Necklace tut
  5. Flatten one crimp close to the lobster clasp, and the other one where the bent wire ends.
    Floating Pearl Necklace Tutorial
  6. Repeat at the other end of the necklace with the jump ring.
    Floating Pearl Necklace Tutorial

 

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I have been so afraid of making a floating necklace because I could not understand how to do it but this tutorial makes it look so easy. This is such a elegant looking necklace and looks easy after reading this.This will be my first time using a crimp bead. Any one make this yet?

Thanks for sharing this. Great post. ____ Pearl Necklace

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