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Love in the Time of Pearls

About this design:

I love the size and muted earth tones available in the shell pearls. As soon as I saw them I envisioned a soft gold chain mixed with the shibuichi clasp. I added in some larger 14mm chocolate pearls and smaller 8mm berry and slate pearls to be able to create a subtle graduation of size and color. Everything about this design feels soft and silky to me.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
String and crimp each strand individually. Fold your wire over and string on your ends. Push both wire ends through cone and wire wrap to create a large eye at the top to attach your chain/clasp to.
Step 2:
I doubled up the chain around the back of the necklace to balance the appearance of weight in the necklace.
Step 3:
I tangled the chain around the shorter strand of shell pearls before securing it at each end, this makes the tangling permanent.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    WOW!! Ali!
    Like “chocolate” dripping from our neckline!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Fabulous!I love working with shel1 pearls too.

  3. Diane Cauley
    Diane Cauley says:

    pretty Ali! Love the new design and the pearls!

  4. ScarletBegonias
    ScarletBegonias says:

    BeeeUteefull! There are only the chocolate pearls left from your design! I wanna know who has the rest so I can go swipe some!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Ali, I just love the new shell pearls too! They come in sizes not commonly available in real pearls, plus they don’t run the risk of the pearlized coating coming off!

    I just love your design! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Doris
    Doris says:

    I love the colors in the pearls. I will get into pearls again since I admire the pearl cordination in your piece.


  7. Cat Daddy
    Cat Daddy says:

    I just ordered some shell pearls. The colors are beautiful. I have been working with crystal pearls for the last year or so. I wanted to try these pearls, they look so much richer!

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    JC Hamm says:

    Your design is beautiful. I need to get some of the shell pearls,the colors are out of this world. Love love!!!

  9. BeadBrat23
    BeadBrat23 says:

    This piece literally took my breath away. Amazing.

  10. Mustard Seed Beads
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  11. beaded banana
    beaded banana says:

    What kind of plant is that in the 2nd picture? Is it sage?

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    Leenie Beanie says:

    Beautiful! Awakened my interest in pearls again.

  13. Gayle
    Gayle says:

    The plant looks like rosemary to me.

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