Make A Necklace With A Shell Pendant

It is quite simple to make a necklace with a shell pendant. First, you will need to select a shell pendant that you would like to use for your necklace. Shell pendants can be purchased at the craft store, but you could also use one that you find at a second hand store. Also, perhaps you can take a shell found at the beach turn it into a pendant for your necklace. If you decide to purchase a shell pendant at the craft store, keep in mind you will also need to select beads to go with your shell pendant. The supplies I used for making this necklace consist of:

  • beading wire
  • acrylic clear and white beads
  • beading wire cutters
  • jewelry pliers
  • a necklace clasp.
  • mother of pearl shell pendant

I already had purchased all of my supplies in previous years, so this craft really did not cost any extra for me. Yes, you will have to spend a little bit of money upfront to buy the needed supplies for making a necklace, but this is cheaper than buying a comparable necklace at a department store. Also, making your own necklace means it is personalized to your taste, and will express your own sense of style. It is easy to make stunning jewelry with shell pendants, and you just have to start with a simple project. Personally, I prefer making simple jewelry anyway because this is less time consuming, and it is rewarding to make my own attractive pieces of jewelry.

Make A Necklace With A Shell Pendant

Here is the necklace that I made with the mother of pearl shell pendant.  I used white and clear acrylic beads to match the silver and white tones of the shell pendant.
Here is the necklace that I made with the mother of pearl shell pendant. I used white and clear acrylic beads to match the silver and white tones of the shell pendant. | Source

Making The Necklace

Look at the pictures below to see each step in the process of making the shell pendant necklace.

Add the shell pendant to the beading wire.  I attached the pendant to a jump ring, so it could hang from the jewelry wire.
Add the shell pendant to the beading wire. I attached the pendant to a jump ring, so it could hang from the jewelry wire. | Source
Add a large white acrylic bead on each side of the pendant.
Add a large white acrylic bead on each side of the pendant. | Source
Add one round white acrylic bead on each side of the necklace.
Add one round white acrylic bead on each side of the necklace. | Source
Add one large clear bead to each side of the necklace.
Add one large clear bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Add one round white bead to each side of the necklace.  See how the pattern is forming on each side of the necklace.
Add one round white bead to each side of the necklace. See how the pattern is forming on each side of the necklace. | Source
Now add one clear bead to each side of the necklace.
Now add one clear bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Add  a white bead to each side of the necklace.
Add a white bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Add a small white bead to each side of the necklace.  I did that when I did not have enough beads for the clear, white, clear, white pattern.
Add a small white bead to each side of the necklace. I did that when I did not have enough beads for the clear, white, clear, white pattern. | Source
Here I added a small clear bead to each side of the necklace.
Here I added a small clear bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here I added a small white bead to each side of the necklace.
Here I added a small white bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
A small clear bead was added on each side of the necklace.
A small clear bead was added on each side of the necklace. | Source
Another clear bead on each aide of the beading wire.
Another clear bead on each aide of the beading wire. | Source
Add a white bead to each side of the beading wire.
Add a white bead to each side of the beading wire. | Source
Add a clear bead to each side of the beading wire.
Add a clear bead to each side of the beading wire. | Source
Add a white bead to each side of the beading wire.
Add a white bead to each side of the beading wire. | Source
Another picture of the previous step, but a bit clearer.
Another picture of the previous step, but a bit clearer. | Source
Here I am adding a small clear bead to each side of the beading wire.
Here I am adding a small clear bead to each side of the beading wire. | Source
Here I am adding a small white bead to each side of the beading wire.  Notice how the white, clear, white, clear bead pattern goes well with the pendant's silver and white shell color.
Here I am adding a small white bead to each side of the beading wire. Notice how the white, clear, white, clear bead pattern goes well with the pendant's silver and white shell color. | Source
Here I am adding the final clear bead to each side of the necklace.
Here I am adding the final clear bead to each side of the necklace. | Source
Use jewelry pliers to attach the clasp to each side of the necklace.
Use jewelry pliers to attach the clasp to each side of the necklace. | Source
Here is a picture of the completed necklace with a sparkly mother of pearl shell pendant.
Here is a picture of the completed necklace with a sparkly mother of pearl shell pendant. | Source
Here is what the necklace looks like when it is worn.
Here is what the necklace looks like when it is worn. | Source

My favorite aspect of this shell necklace is the iridescent glow of the mother of pearl pendant. It looks so much more expensive than the five dollars I paid for it at the crafting store. The creativity and economy behind making you own jewelry is being able to save money, and look more lavish while doing it. Most of the necklaces I make by hand are simple, and I let the beads and the pendants do the talking.

Buy Jewelry Making Supplies Online

Most crafting stores have a large variety of jewelry making supplies, but shopping online gives you the ability to shop at your convenience.

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

What a beautiful necklace. It's not so complicated to make to get a beautiful result.


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am@n 5 years ago

wow, thanx to share such a great art... voted up for this :)


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

cool. real nice


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate all the comments!


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mysisters 5 years ago

What a gorgeous necklace. Thanks for the step by step pictures on how to make these necklaces.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for sharing the knowledge. It is great.


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Dr irum 5 years ago

Beautiful necklace and making .


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate all the wonderful comments.

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