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Floating Necklace With Pearls

Pearls are always beautiful with their radiant and glowing beauty. Making this floating necklace I wanted to create an illusion of pearls floating freely around the neck. Using a beading wire would not work, as it is too thick and would be very visible, so I went for Fireline.

I also had the metal tubes, and thought they would give the necklace an even more elegant touch. The challenge in making it is to get the five strings the right length, but I will get to that later.

So are you ready to create some elegance? OK! Let's start.

What you need:

  • 47 – 50 5 mm potato shaped freshwater pearls, Sand stone colored
  • 14 – 16 curved metal tubes, 20 x 1,2 mm
  • 2 small metal cones
  • 2 silver colored bead tips
  • 1 silver clasp
  • Fireline
  • Super glue
  • Tooth pick
  • Small jump rings

Step 1:
Decide how long you want the floating necklace to be, and cut 5 strings that are 10 cm longer than that. String on one of the metal cones and one bead tip. Make a knot, add some glue and close the bead tip around the knot. Attach the clasp with small jump rings. How large they must be and how many you must use, depend on your clasp.

Do not pick a heavy clasp. The pearls are not so heavy, and if the clasp is too heavy, it will pull the necklace tight around your neck. So go for a light one. The clasp I chose is a rose shaped box clasp for two strings. I therefor used three jump rings. One for each hole in the clasp and one to attach them to the bead tip.

Step 2:
On one of the strands, string metal tubes with a pearl between each until you reach the desired length minus the length of the cone and the bead tip.
Step 3:
Add 10 pearls to two of the other strands, that is 10 on each strand, and then add 7 to each of the remaining ones. Tape the clasp onto your bust, drape the strands around it, pull the ends through one of the holes in the clasp and make a temporary knot. You will adjust the length later.
Start spreading the pearls on the strands and glue each onto the fireline with super glue. Use the toothpick to add the glue. You don't need a lot of glue, just a small drop for each bead.
Step 4:
When all the pearls are glued and stick to the fireline, remove the temporary knot from the clasp. Shake the strands so that they are not too intertwined. Tape the clasp back onto the bust and start draping the strands around the busts' neck, until you have the length and drape you want on all the strands. This can be a bit tricky, as you need to make a knot, and then easily may pull one of the strings out of the desired length.

Anyway, slide on the cone and the bead tip. Make a knot, and adjust it so that it fit into the bead tip. To slide the knot into place, it may help to insert a bamboo rod or toothpick into the loop of the knot. That way you can slide it into place. Remove the bamboo rod, add a drop of glue and close the bead tip around the knot. Attach the bead tip to the clasp, like you did with the first one.

And, voilà, your floating necklace is finished.

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