DIY WIRED PEARL NECKLACE

A bold mix of beads and wire make this Stella McCartney inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace a super cool sculptural take on a traditional pearl necklace.

Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace with jacket 2
I fell in LOVE with this pearl necklace by Stella McCartney the first time I saw it and it’s surprisingly easy to make your own version. The original necklace is one long strand of pearls on a wire. I made mine on two separate wires to give it a little more stability. Feel free to make yours on one long strand if you prefer.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace tank closeupStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace beadsStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace twistStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace tank long

TOOLS & MATERIALS:

  • Large beads (you’ll need about 160 beads)
  • Wire (2 pieces about 30 inches each)
  • Necklace closure & jump ring
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters

Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace supplies
step 1
If your beads are strung you’ll need to cut them off the string.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace beads

step 2
Cut 2 pieces of wire about 30 inches long each.

step 3
Use your pliers to bend one end of the wire before adding your beads.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace wire end loop

step 4
Start stringing your beads onto your wire.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace stringing beadsStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace stringing beads

I put 76 beads on one wire and 80 beads on the second wire.

You will want to have more on one than the other so that when you twist them they will lay flat and look even.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace bending wires

step 5
Twist each side of the two end wires together.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace twist wire ends

step 6
Then twist the end wires around the jump ring and the necklace closure.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace closure

Be sure to trim the ends of your wires and bend them in completely to make sure there are no rough edges sticking out.

The best part about this necklace is that since the base is wire you can change the shape of your necklace to suit your neckline or your mood. Have fun and create an artistic statement.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace beaded and twistedStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace twistStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace tank saluteStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace with jacket closeupStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace tank longStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace tank 3
We photographed this at the navel shipyard in Alameda. I loved this old graphic painted on the side of the builing.Stella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace pan am
I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pics from our photo shoot with you. It’s often quite a challenge to have your mini me along on the photo shoot especially when she wants to direct everything! LOLStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace BTSStella McCartney Inspired DIY Wired Pearl Necklace BTS
For this photo shoot I’m wearing this DIY skirt.

Will you make your necklace with traditional white pearl beads or a color? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on this project!

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16 comments on “DIY WIRED PEARL NECKLACE

    • Cathy on

      Hi Lee,
      The wire I used was some that I’ve had for awhile, I think it’s 20 gauge. You probably don’t want to go any smaller than 20 or your beads will weigh it down and it won’t hold it’s shape.
      xoxo
      Cathy

      Reply
  1. Christina on

    Do you find it tends to shift with the weight of the twist? Like, does it tend to centre itself on the middle of your chest as opposed to looking so cute off to the side?

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    • Cathy on

      Hi Christina,
      I know what you’re talking about, depending on what I’m doing it can move around my neck, but it does keep it’s shape and twist. The wire I used is pretty stiff and it holds it’s shape. Make sure that you use the heaviest wire that will work with your beads and also try to make sure your beads aren’t too heavy and you shouldn’t have any problems with your necklace loosing shape.
      xoxo
      Cathy

      Reply
  2. Loretta Consiglio on

    Wow! This is really pretty and would like to make it.
    Do you know what size bead you used….8mm? Will floral wire work for this project?
    Thank you,

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