Craft Tutorial: Pearl & Tube Necklace
Hello Sweets! I’m really excited to share you my first craft tutorial in 2013 today – I chose freshwater pearls (yes, you guys must already know how much I love pearls!) and gold tubes that I picked up last year but couldn’t think of any use (you can see bracelets that use similar tubes in this tutorial). It may sound like an odd combination (well, at least for me it sounded weird first) but I think they are a match made in heaven, these pearls and tubes :) So… ready for the tutorial?
What you’ll need:
- beading wire (I’m using 24 gauge Artistic Wire)
- 104 x 4mm freshwater pearls
- 26 straight tubes (I’m using 2 x 11mm tubes, bought from here)
- 13 x 2.5mm Swarovski crystals
- (not in the photo) flat-nose and round-nose pliers, wire cutters
* They will make approx 82cm long necklace. Please adjust the numbers of pearls and crystals according to the size of the tubes you use :)
1) Let’s start by making a wrapped loop. Grasp one end of the beading wire with round-nose pliers, about 3cm from the edge, and wrap it around the jaw of the pliers to create a loop. With the loop securely grasped with the round-nose pliers, grasp the tail wire with flat-nose pliers, then wind it neatly around the main wire just below the loop for 2,3 times. Trim the excess tail wire with wire cutters, then squeeze down the newly cut tip to make it lie flat so that no sharp edge sticks out.
2) Add one straight tube, one crystal bead, then one more straight tube to the wire.
3) Following the step 1, make a wrapped loop again.
4) Make another wrapped loop and add eight freshwater pearls to the wire.
5) This time, before wrapping the wire, add the loop of the tube beads (that you made at step2).
6) Complete the wrapped loop. Now you have two sets of beads attached together.
7) Repeat the steps to add all the pearls and tubes, or until you reach the desired length.
Voila! If you are an expert at making wrapped loops, you can make the necklace with your eyes closed. And if you are new to the technique, it would be a perfect project to practice making wrapped loops (after all, the necklace is done entirely by wrapped loops).
I love how these tiny crystals are peeking from the tubes :) It’s quite a delicate looking necklace because of the size of the tubes, and I think using bigger/longer tubes would make bolder necklace.
And the best part of making a long necklace is that you can also wear it as a bracelet! So… what do you think of the pearl/gold tube combo? Thumbs up, I hope :) Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and may the crafty spirits be with you!