May 18 2012

‘Pearl International’ Knockoff Tutorial:
Pearl Necklace with Detachable Bows

Pearl Necklace with Bow

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s tutorial is about everything I love – pearls and bows, simple yet playful. When I found this gorgeous necklace from PEARL INTERNATIONAL, I fell instantly in love.

Pearl Necklace with Bow original

This is the original version, sold at ¥12,600 (about £100 /$160) at SHIPS but now unfortunately sold out (photo credit: SHIPS).

I love the black bows, but since I have lots of black clothes that I want to wear the pearl necklace with, I decided to make lots of bows in different colours, and make them detachable. So… here is the tutorial :)

What you’ll need:

(for the necklace)

  • pearls (I’m using 3x12mm, 12x10mm, 52x6mm,34x4mm glass pearls)
  • bead cording and a needle
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 clasp
  • 2 round calottes
  • a pair of round-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers

(for the bow)

  • trim / felt
  • clear elastic cord, 7cm for each bow
  • crimp bead, 1 for each bow
  • needle and thread


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1) Let’s start by making a necklace. Thread the needle, and add a crimp bead.

2) Slip the crimp bead onto the end of the bead cording, leaving a tail of about 5cm, then thread through the crimp bead again to form a loop, and pull the thread snugly.

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3) Repeat the step to make a loop one more time.

4) Using a flat-nose pliers, squeeze the crimp bead.

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5) Trim the excess cording, and thread it through the hole of a round calotte.

6) Close the calotte with flat-nose pliers.

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7) Thread all the pearls.

8) Add a round calotte.

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9) Repeat step 1 – 4 to make loops with a crimp bead.

10) Close the calotte with flat-nose pliers. Now the both ends look like this.

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11) Using round-nose pliers, curl the end of the calottes to make loops.

12) Add a jump ring on one end, and jump ring and a clasp on the other end. Yap, the pearl necklace is done!

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13) Stitch the ends together to make a loop.

14) Stitch the middle of the bow together.

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15) Accordion fold along the middle to create the pleats, and stitch the centre.

16) Cut the elastic cord in 7cm length, and thread a crimp bead from both end to create a loop. Make sure that the loop is slightly smaller than the diameter of the pearl! The loop in the photo was a bit too big and I had to re-do it later…

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17) Using a flat-nose pliers, squeeze the crimp bead. Trim the excess cord.

18) Add the elastic loop to the trim, and wrap the trim around the centre of the bow.

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19) Stitch the ends of the trim together. Repeat the steps to make as many bows as you like.

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20) Attach the bows to the necklace, and you’re done!

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I love the idea that I can choose which and how many bows to use, and where to put them.

Pearl Necklace with Bow 2

I love the black ones, but these colourful bows are my favourite. I think I’m going to wear it with casual black-and-white stripey tops – oooh, I can’t wait to try it on!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and have a lovely weekend!


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2 Commnents to “‘Pearl International’ Knockoff Tutorial:
Pearl Necklace with Detachable Bows”

  1. Yap, sometimes I’m scared of my own genius ideas, haha :) Thanks for stopping by, Bev!

  2. LOVE this necklace Emi!! And I think that you can change out the colors of the bows is so clever!! I will definitely be doing one of these!!

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