How To Make A Shell Necklace

Do you adore tropical inspired jewelry? I know my trips to Hawaii inspire me to create jewelry with a vibe of the islands. Shell necklaces are easy to make, and remind me of good memories from vacations in places like Hawaii. Remember those fun shell necklaces they give you at luaus? Some people think these are cheesy, but I think these necklaces are cute. This pink shell necklace is much nicer than the simple luau shell necklaces, so it is even something you could wear to school or work. To make this necklace I went to the crafting store and choose a flower shaped pendant with a tropical look. The flower pendant is mother of pearl, and some of the shell beads have a mother of pearl look also. The acrylic beads are light pink, small, and round. For this necklace I created a pattern, which gives the necklace a slight balance. Here are the supplies I used to make this beautiful piece of jewelry:

  • small pink acrylic beads
  • white and pink shell beads
  • a mother of pearl flower pendant
  • beading wire
  • wire cutters
  • jewelry pliers
  • a jump ring
  • a barrel clasp

This style of necklace is very simple, and something anyone with shell beads and small acrylic beads can create. You can also use small round glass beads in lieu of acrylic beads, if that is your preference. Here are the steps I went through to make the Hawaiian themed shell necklace.

Here is the pink shell necklace I made for this project. I love this necklace because it has a Hawaiian vibe to it.
Here is the pink shell necklace I made for this project. I love this necklace because it has a Hawaiian vibe to it.

Step One: Add The Flower Pendant

Add the pendant to the beading wire.
Add the pendant to the beading wire.

Use the beading wire cutters to snip off enough wire to make a necklace. The amount of beading wire cut should be slightly longer than needed for the necklace, which will allow for extra wire needed for tying the necklace onto the barrel clasp. Next, take the jewelry pliers and open the jump ring so you can insert it through the hole at the top of the flower pendant. Use the pliers to close up the jump ring and make sure it is secure. Insert the beading wire through the hole of the jump ring, and now your flower pendant is attached to the necklace. Add one acrylic bead on each side to pendant to hold it in place, and then add a pink shell bead on each side. The pattern on each side will go acrylic bead, shell bead, acrylic bead, shell bead, all the way up both sides of the beading wire.

Step Two: Continue The Pattern

Continue the pattern on both sides of the necklace.
Continue the pattern on both sides of the necklace.

Continue the pattern up both sides of the necklace by adding one shell bead, one acrylic bead, and so on, which give the necklace a sense of balance. However, each shell bead is uniquely shaped, which will also gives the necklace a less uniform look. The acrylic beads are the spacer beads, which help us to remember that this necklace has a pattern, but the shell beads help give it a natural appeal.

Step Three: Keep Adding Beads

Keep following the acrylic, shell, acrylic bead pattern.
Keep following the acrylic, shell, acrylic bead pattern.

Keep adding beads to the necklaces following the acrylic bead, shell bead, arcylic bead pattern.  Here are some pictures showing what the necklace looked like as I continued to add beads.

Here the necklace is half way completed.
Here the necklace is half way completed.
Here the necklace is almost completed.
Here the necklace is almost completed.

Step Four: Add The Clasp

Use the jewelry pliers to add the clasp.
Use the jewelry pliers to add the clasp.

The jewelry pliers can be used to attach the necklace to the barrel clasp. knot the wire to the clasp on both sides, and use the pliers to secure the knot. There are other methods for securing the clasp, but this is my preferred method. Try on the necklace and make sure it is secure enough to wear outside of the house.

Step Five: The Necklace Is Ready To Wear

The necklace is ready to wear and show off to your friends.  Have fun coming up with your own shell bead necklace designs.

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So do you plan on making a shell necklace? These make great presents for friends who enjoy jewelry.

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Sammy 7 years ago

Pretty!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Sammy!


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

Oh, it's perfect! Thanks for this hub.


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

I'm passing this one on to my wife.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Very nice, I will have to share this with my daughter. She is quite the talented craft person too. Thanks for sharing this neat project…


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

How gorgeous is that!  That is a beautiful necklace.  I want one!  I used to make necklaces and bracelets all the time.  It's been way too long.  I never used wire, I was never quite sure about it and always afraid I'd end up cutting it too short, never knew what to use for clasping, etc... anyway, I really think I'm going to try this out.  I know my daughter would love it and her birthday is coming up.  Thanks for the step by step and the great pics.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Melody,

Glad you enjoyed the necklace tutorial.

Pete,

Thanks for doing that!

Nancy,

Is your daughter a hubber yet? I would love to read some of her ideas on crafting.

Frieda,

If wire is not your thing you can use beading thread and not put a clasp on the necklace. Just make it long enough to slip over her head, which many people prefer anyway.


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J. Tully 7 years ago from Washington (the state)

You're necklace looks gorgeous! Thanks for this tutorial. I've been wanting to make one lately (since the flower on my last necklace broke and shattered), but I'm having trouble trying to find a pretty flower pendant. Any tips?

Also, I'm not sure if you've heard about this site, but if you like craft projects, and making tutorials like this one, you would probably enjoy this website --> www.cutoutandkeep.net. Warning: It's highly addicting.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi J Tully,

I have not heard of cutoutandkeep, but I will definitely check it out as you say it is addicting.  I have been looking for a good crafting site, and sometimes I visit the crafting forum on ning and craigslist.

I bought the pendant at Jo-Anns I believe, but it was along time ago, so I do not know if they have the same type now.  On their website I am sure they have some cute alternatives though.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Good idea. And probably easier. But I'd love to experiment with your way. I'll go by the list you provided at the beginning. She's going to be 10, so that should make a good challenge, we can work on one together. Think I may get the supplies beforehand and give those to her as a gift.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

It sounds like a great plan Frieda. I am sure she will love it!


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

You certainly are the jewelery creation expert and it's a good craft to get into, my wife bought a make your own jewelry book, but has never read it, as it sits in the draw gathering dust and a feeling of lonelyness, but she does however like your hubs on the creating jewelry and it has renewed her interest on the subject!

Great hubpage, I like sea shells, you can add them to allsorts, picture frames is my own favourite!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

waynet,

Yes the shells are so much fun. When I was in Hawaii a craft vendor even glued them to boxes, which is another use. I hope your wife is having fun getting back into jewelry making.


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA

This necklace is very nice. Thanks for sharing the info.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Journey,

These shell necklaces are very easy to make. Thanks for commenting.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Beautiful pieces. Making jewelry is such fun and the shell pieces are always stunning.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Rgraf,

I am funny and my reason for liking shells is because these remind me of the Pacific Islands, a place I love to read about most. I have been to Hawaii, but I would love to see all of the islands one day.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

You make it so cute and pretty!

Funny that I have the same exact pink nose ring tool as yours?! I don't make jewerly as much as I use to unless I bring the materials to work on a slow day.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Mayhmong,

I hope you write some jewelry hubs, that would be great!


anushka 7 years ago

hi sweetiepie it is a very good hub . But,can u tell from which type of store have you got the "bead wire"


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Anushka,

They sell beading wire at crafting stores.


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

That bead necklace is wonderful! Though I am not very fond of jewelry I like to make things for my friends or cousins. Thanks for this hub SweetiePie..


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Anamika,

For a time I just did not wear much jewelry, but in my late twenties I started getting back into jewelry making and wearing it too. At least you know what your friends would like if you decide to get them a present.


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A2JinMI 7 years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan

What a great idea!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks!


many 7 years ago

I relly liked it!!!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the necklace many. Maybe you can try your hand at making one too!


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Sweetie Pie, Hello friend. Long time. I popped in for a visit. I love it, can't get enough of it. This is fantastic. I finally separated a gallon bucket of antique buttons, gemstones, brioches, beads, fake pearls, possible real pearls. rhinestones that were a gift to me. You name it I think it is i there. I now have a very large tackle box that holds the goods. I look forward to making some jewlery. I hope to start a project soon. You are Blessed indeed. Thank You for sharing your gifts with other's. I'm inspired and very thankful. Stop in and see me. I miss your visits. Hugs. + + +

Sweety Pie, Do you know how to tell fake from real pearls? or real gemstones from fake gemstones? I haven't a clue. :-)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

sky2day,

I just use the fake beads anyway, so I have never looked into finding real gemstones. I do recommend C.S. Alexis's hubs as she has written a few on that topic. I need to get back into making some jewelry myself, and thanks for the reminding me of the nice comments people make :).


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

What a beautiful shell necklace, making your own jewelery can be fun to do I have done just a little bit. I did fall in love with doing it right away, thanks for the tips here very informative on the subject.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for your comments about my necklace Fluffy!

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