How to Make a Cute Half Pearl, Half Chain Necklace in 6 Simple Steps

10 Materials
15 Minutes

Hi, fellow jewelers! If you’re anything like me, you love going into stores to get inspiration for the jewelry you want to make. The other day, I was at the mall and I saw this half pearl, half chain necklace with a pendant that was very unique.

I’d never seen anything like it before, but then I started seeing it everywhere online! I knew I had to figure out how to make this pearl chain necklace and when I did, I realized it was surprisingly simple and so much fun! S

So, today I’m going to teach you how to make your own DIY pearl and chain necklace with a cute heart pendant.

Tools and materials:

  • Cutter tool
  • Longnose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers
  • 8-inch paperclip chain
  • 8 inches of pearls
  • Silver or gold wire 
  • Jewelry toggle clasp
  • Pendant 
  • 2 Jump rings
  • 2 Crimp beads
Threading the pearl beads onto the wire

1. String the peals

String all of your pearls with the 8-inch wire.

How to make a pearl chain necklace

2. Connect the pearl to the chain

Now, connect your stringed pearls to your chain.

I recommend putting a jump ring between your pearls and the chain, as sometimes there’s a gap in your link and the pearls can sometimes fall off of your chain.

This is optional, though, and I’m going to hook the chain straight on. 

Making a DIY pearl and chain necklace

To connect the two, first, add a crimping bead and then your chain. Wrap the end of the wire around the chain and through the crimping bead. 

Crimping the crimping bead with pliers

Then, crimp the crimping bead with your pliers and make sure it’s tight. 

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Thread any extra wire alongside your pearls, and make sure they’re tight against the crimping bead. 

Making a DIY necklace

Now your pearls and your chain should be connected together.

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3. Cut the wire

Cut off the wire still strung through the pearls.

Adding the toggle clasp to the necklace

4. Add the toggle clasp

Now, we’re going to add the toggle. To do this, first, add a crimping bead and then your toggle. 

Wrapping the wire around the toggle

Wrap the wire around the toggle and thread it through the crimping bead.

How to make a necklace with a toggle clasp

To eliminate any gap between your crimping bead and the rest of the pearls, use your long nose pliers to grab the end of the wire and pull until there’s no extra space.

Your necklace should still be able to move around on your toggle after tightening. 

Crimping a crimping bead

Then, crimp your crimping bead and cut off the extra wire, leaving a small enough space to thread through a bead so the ends are tucked away nicely. 

Opening a jump ring with pliers

5. Connect the other end of the necklace

Now, we have to connect the toggle to the chain or the other end of the necklace. To start, I’m going to split my jump ring and use my pliers to add a gap between the two ends. 

How to add a toggle clasp to a necklace

Slide both your toggle and the last link on the chain onto the split jump ring, and then close it up with your pliers.

Adding a heart pendant to the DIY necklace

6. Add a heart pendant

Now, I’ve seen a lot of people just leave their necklace just like this, but I want to add this cute heart pendant. To do this, start by splitting another jump ring just like in the previous step.

Sliding the pendant into the jump ring

Then, slide your pendant onto the jump ring. I’m adding both a heart and a silver plate.

Closing the jump ring with pliers

Connect the jump ring to the toggle and close it up with the pliers.

Finished half pearl half chain necklace

How to make a half pearl half chain necklace

DIY half pearl, half chain necklace tutorial

You’re done! That, my fellow jewelers, is how to make a pearl chain necklace. It’s super cute and one of my favorite things about it is that the clasp is right in front, making it super easy to take on and off. 

Let me know what you think of this tutorial and the final result in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Cutter tool
  • Longnose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers
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  • Jackie Jackie on Feb 06, 2022

    Very cute. I ha e never made jewelry I may have to give it a try.

    • Dess Butler Jewelry Dess Butler Jewelry on Feb 09, 2022

      Yes yes! This is a great jewelry piece to start making jewelry. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!