About a week ago my mother in law came over with a sale paper from The Bon Ton. She was in love with the pearl and ribbon necklace it featured on the cover, however the $49.99 price tag that went along with it was a bit too steep. And so she asked me to make it for her.
And really, any reason to tuck myself away in my craft room is a good reason, especially when I had a project like this one.
I had everything I needed on hand already minus the ribbon which I picked up from Jo-Ann's for $2.39. The pearls I had were a bit smaller than the picture, so to compensate I added a silver flower connector to each side of the necklace for a little flair. I, personally, think that it turned out really fabulous, even more fabulous than that $50.00 one in the sales paper. Oh, and my mother in law ... well she loved it too.
So if you feel like making yourself an elegant ribbon and pearl necklace, here's all of the things you'll need.
Ribbon (sewing quality, so that it won't fray easily)
Flower Connectors (Optional)
26mm Jewelry Wire
1. Start by folding the ribbon over inwardly two times to hide the raw seam and pierce with your prepared wire (have one end wrapped to form a loop)
2. Thread on a pearl and then loop the ribbon over the pearl, piercing it again. Repeat, only this time loop the ribbon under the pearl. Keep on going, alternating between over and under.
3. After your wire is almost full, clip off any remaining ribbon, leaving about 1 1/2 - 2 inches for closing. Again, inwardly fold the ribbon twice so that the seam is not showing, pierce with the wire, and close your wire with a pair of round nose pliers, creating another loop.
4. If desired, use your jump rings to attach the connectors. Then attach a length of chain on each side depending on the length you want to wear your necklace. I like to use a larger gauge chain and leave one side a bit longer than the one with the clasp on it to allow for the versatility of wearing it at different lengths.
Ta-da, a simple and romantic ribbon and pearl necklace, without that fancy department store price tag!
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