I had so much fun playing around with ideas for bridal jewelry for my wedding last month. This beautiful multistrand pearl necklace is one of the options I came up with, and I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you. I’ll show you three different ways this one necklace can be worn through simple variations on attaching the ribbon!
That’s one of the things I love about this necklace – that it’s so versatile. I couldn’t make up my mind on how long it should be (since I didn’t have my dress with me when I made the necklace) so I decided a style that could be adjusted last minute would be especially perfect, so I could get the opinions of my girls as they helped me get ready. (Sadly, I didn’t end up wearing the necklace so I don’t have a beautiful photo of me wearing it like I’d hoped to, but I know you’ll still really enjoy this video)!
Obviously, you can use this same beading technique to create a statement necklace that’s not necessarily bridal in nature by using different beads and even a different type of ribbon.
If you are unable to view the embedded video, you can click here to watch my DIY Multistrand Bridal Statement Necklace Tutorial on YouTube.
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TOOLS & SUPPLIES:
• 2 links* to attach beads to
• beading wire** ( I recommend Soft Flex)
• 2×2 mm crimp tubes in your choice of material – 2 for each strand
• crimping tool (optional)***
• chain nosed pliers
• flush cutters
• 1-2 yards of ribbon (I used 6″ wide tulle ribbon in ivory)
* The links I’m using are from this textured silver tone curb chain, available in my Etsy shop by the foot. They are about one inch long and are a good size for the beads and number of strands I’m using, but you may want to use smaller links if you decide to use fewer strands.
** Use a piece of stringing material about 6-8 inches longer than the desired length of your finished strand. I recommend using the largest thickness of beading wire that will fit through your beads.
Generally when you bead, it’s better to be able to string the end of the wire through a couple of the beads on the end of your strand, for a more sturdy and tidy finish. So the diameter of the wire should really fit through the beads (or at least the beads on the very ends of the strand) two times. I used a larger piece of wire than I needed so it would show up well on video.
*** Here is a much more detailed video tutorial on how to use a crimping tool to finish your beaded jewelry. I also show you how to cover your crimps for an especially attractive finish!