Fly Away With Me Necklace

by abeadstore on November 23, 2012

To make this whimsical necklace you will need:

Step 1: Ream the pearls. You will need to ream 5 pearls for this project. You use the pearl reamer to make the holes within the pearls larger so that they will fit onto the eyepins and headpins. You simply turn the reamer in the pearls to make the hole larger. You must be certain to ream the hole from both sides so that the hole is even throughout the pearl. You can see our video on bead reaming if you need further instruction.
Step 2: Create the pearl chain. Place a pearl onto an eyepin and ensure that it is against the eyepin. You will now need to create a loop on the other side of the pin. Turn the eyepin upside down so that the eyehole is facing down. Place your round nose pliers against the bottom of the pearl. You will want to use a smaller round of the pliers so that your two holes are the same size. Fold the straight part of the eyepin over the pliers to create a 90 degree angle. Cut the excess wire so that there is only 3/4 of an inch left after the bend. Now place your pliers on the end of the wire and wrap them around so that you create a full loop. You will need to do this for 3 pearls. After you create all 3 of the pearl links you will need to link them together. Simply open the eye loops as you would jump rings, slide a link onto the loop and then close the loop.
Step 3: Connecting the pendant. Using the chain nose pliers separate 2, 4 link section of chain. Use the first link to attach to the right side of the pendant. Open the last link of the section and attach the pearl chain then close the link. Take another 4 link section of chain and attach it to the right side of the pendant.
Step 4: Attach the birds. Cut your foot of wire into 4, 3 inch pieces of wire. Take the first piece of wire and place your round nose pliers right in the middle of the piece of wire. Fold the wire over the pliers into a 90 degree angle. Now turn the pliers 90 degrees also so that they are in the bend you just created. Wrap the wire around the pliers to create a full circle. Slightly open the loop and slide the chain onto the wire. Now close the loop and wrap the wire around the main wire to  close the loop, typically 3 wraps are plenty. Now take your pliers and place them right up against the wraps you just created. Before creating your 90 degree angle this time you are going to need to make sure you make your loops in opposite directions. How you do this is you make sure that the bottom loop is facing the same direction as your pliers. This makes it so that your two loops are facing different directions. This makes it so that your birds lay flat. Once you create your loop you will need to open it slightly and slide the bird onto the wire. Close the loop and make the same number of wraps as you did the other side. You will need to repeat these steps to attach the front of the bird also, however, this time the front of the bird will connect to a section of 3 links of chain. Now you need to do the exact same thing for the second bird also.
Step 5: Attach the clasp and chain. For the rest of the chain we just split it up so that it would make both sides of the necklaces  even. The size of each section can vary depending upon the clasp that you choose to use.
Step 6: Attach the drops. Place a reamed pearl onto a headpin. Be sure the pearl is all the way down on the headpin place the pliers flat against the top of the pearl. Push the wire over the top of the pliers to create a 90 degree angle. Now turn the pliers 90 degrees to sit right in the bend you just created. Pull the wire around the top of the pliers to create a loop. Slightly open the loop and slide it onto the loop connecting the bird to the chain. Now close the loop and wrap the wire around the base of the headpin to fill in any empty space between the loop and the pearl. Do this for the other drop on the other bird as well.
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