So as I've mentioned, I'm getting married next year on a teeny tiny budget, so a lot of my projects are going to be related to the wedding. This week, I made a freshwater pearl and amethyst necklace for the wedding. My tastes are normally pretty understated, but I really like how this turned out - it's fancy and attention grabbing, but still classy. Here's how I made it:
I used the same pearls and 22 gauge half hard silver wire that I did for the bridesmaid earrings I made last month. In addition, I added some amethyst rectangles from Joann, and some 18 gauge half hard silver wire, which is thicker and more durable than the 22 gauge wire.
For the sides of the necklace, I made three 8 links, then I added four freshwater pearls and one amethust with one 8 link in between. I explain how to make 8 links in my blog here.
After the first set of pearls and amethyst, for the next set, repeat the pattern. Instead of putting one 8 link in between each bead, however, I shaped a small circle from the 18 gauge wire, and subbed that in. You'll want to do two sets of four pearls and one amethyst with these circles, and then one more set with 8 links on the top, that will be the other side of the necklace.
Once you have the base of your necklace complete, it's time to add the dangling beads. In each 18 gauge silver circle, add two 8 links and one pearl at the end. At the circle in the center, add one 8 link, one amethyst. Because this is the focal point, I made it dramatic. After the amethyst, I added another 8 link and one pearl on the end - see below for a close-up.
This necklace is pretty time intensive, but it's not too difficult to make once you know all of the steps, so good luck!
Happy crafting, lovelies :)