DIY Pearl Jewelry

Pearls can lend an air of classic formality to an outfit, but they also can be combined with other stones and findings for a more modern look. No wonder pearl wearing has expanded in definition!One of the delights of working with pearls is that they come in so many shapes, sizes and colors. Although perfectly round has been the traditional look for pearls, there are many different shapes, like potato pearls, keshi pearls, and cornflake pearls.When you buy strands of pearls for jewelry making, they traditionally come with very fine holes. Today, you can find “large-hole” pearls for working with them on cord and leather. But if you’re using some in a design and find the hole too small for your wire, you can gently enlarge the holes with a bead reamer; a reamer is a very useful tool to have on hand when you’re working with pearls.
If you purchase pearls with no holes at all, you will need to drill them. Pearls are always drilled with diamond drill bits, which are strong enough to pierce the hard pearls. Drill them while just submerged in water to keep the pearl and bit cool and to keep from breathing the dust created from drilling.
Any way you choose to use pearls in your jewelry, you know you’ll be adding style and flair to your designs. That’s why we’ve pulled together 3 free DIY pearl jewelry projects by jewelry making experts for you to start wearing pearl jewelry!

Pearl Jewelry Free Projects

What’s Inside?

This download has something for both beginners and experienced jewelry making experts! Imagine all the ways you can create your very own pearl jewelry: make your own pearl necklace pendant with other crystals; create elegant pearl chandelier earrings; or warm up your pearls with copper in a unique pearl bracelet design. There’s something for everyone and any occasion, so take the leap into the world of pearl jewelry!

Pearl Necklace Pendant

Transform a Hoop Earwire Into a Neckpiece with Beautiful Pearls!

Fantasy Pendant by Julie D’Amico-Beres

The Fantasy Pendant is created using a large hoop earwire as a base. A variety of crystals, pearls and other beads are used to decorate it. It’s a great project to use up leftover beads from previous creations, and it can be hung from a simple chain, or in myriad ways!

Beading Materials:

  • 24- or 26-gauge dead soft wire, 1″
  • Flush cutters
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • 40mm sterling hoop earwire
  • 4mm sterling jump ring
  • Mixture of 2mm–8mm beads
  • 10mm–14mm focal bead
Dangling Pearl Earrings

Create Dangling Jig-Looped Earrings!

Graceful Chandeliers by Jacqueline Trerise

From casual chic to elegant, these earrings can match any style depending on the beads you use!

Beading Materials:

  • 20-gauge silver craft wire, 12″
  • 22-gauge silver craft wire, approx. 2-and-a-half” or spool
  • 24-gauge silver craft wire, approx. 6″ or spool
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Wire jig with pegs
  • 4mm–5mm freshwater pearls, 12
  • 7mm x 9mm Swarovski crystal pear drops, 2
  • Sterling earwires, 2
Copper pearl bracelet

Warm Up Your Look with This Peanut Pearl & Copper Bracelet!

Modern Pearl Bracelet by Judith Glende

Each pearl has its own unique character, and the peanut pearls in this bracelet are no exception! Their irregularity, sheen and unique color combined with copper creates a modern piece to defy tradition—that pearls are not always a classic strand to adorn the neck. By oxidizing the metal, it gives the bracelet an aged look while still maintaining a modern feel.

Beading Materials:

  • 16-gauge copper wire, 3″
  • 20-gauge copper wire, 6″
  • 22-gauge copper wire, 45″
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Copper spacer beads, 2
  • Copper chain links unsoldered or heavy copper jump rings, 10
  • Peanut pearls, 10
  • 14mm bead
  • Handheld hole punch or two hole-punch
  • Punch and die set
  • Dapping set
  • Metal file
  • Metal shears
  • Mallet
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Fine steel wool
  • Permanent marker
  • Liver of sulfur
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Tiny Philips screwdriver

This tutorial makes DIY pearl jewelry so easy.

These projects offer different options to wear pearl jewelry—from pearl necklaces, earrings and bracelets—you’ll have fun experimenting with these any-occassion pearl jewelry designs!