Recently, I had a craving to create a super long necklace. These are nice because they are simple, but take a long time and are a perfect companion to a TV/movie marathon. This weekend, I watched back-to-back episodes of The Knick and Peaky Blinders on Netflix while working on an epic pearl necklace.
I started with a batch of green/gold freshwater pearls, then I dug through my stash to find some complimentary colors. A project like this is a great way to use odds & ends beads – you know, those little collections left over from other projects where you don’t have enough to make a full piece from all on their own. Also, there’s just something I live about a whole heap of pearls around my neck. It feels very luxurious.
I’ve made a few long pearl necklaces before, like the one I wore for my wedding, or the peach one I have listed on Etsy right now. Neither is quite so long as the latest, but the earlier necklaces are all long enough to loop a couple of times.
Once I had my colors picked out, I started looping. On each eye pin, I put a silver-plated bead, a pearl, then another silver-plated bead and then I looped the straight end of the pin to secure the beads and create one link. I like sandwiching pearls between metal beads to protect the pearls from rubbing against the eyepins and getting worn. I spent a handful of hours watching episodes and repeating this step. Finally, I had a nice pile of pearl links.
Okay, step one was complete. The next step was to join all of these links. I had them all in a pile and didn’t look when I grabbed the next one so I could join them in a random pattern. Eventually, I had a strand that was longer than I was tall. I had created my most epic necklace ever. The great length of the necklace means I can wear it every which way. My favorite is to loop it four times to create a short layered necklace.
I’m really enjoying the color palette. It’s got both warm and cool tones and it feels like a perfect complement to the weather around here lately. The trees are turning shades of gold and red while the sky is gray and rainy.