Chain & Pearl Multi-Row Bracelet

What sites do you browse when you’re bored?

Me? Overpriced Jewelry websites.

Here’s how it goes:

I can make that,  I can’t make that, I can make that – but why would I??? I cannot believe that costs $499 – what is it made of? Plutonium?

I was trolling through Saks 5th Avenue a little while ago and come across a little gem.
Ok – lots of little gems. :) But one bracelet in particular stood out as a perfect gift idea!

It’s a David Yurman: Hematite & Pearl Sterling Silver Multi-Row Bracelet.
Quite a mouthful. This little puppy retails for $1200.  No – that decimal is not in the wrong place.
I’m thinking Hematite must be mined on Mars or something.

Anyway – it was a super cute – and totally knockoffable (my new fav word) bracelet!!
Ready to see mine??

And here’s Dave’s:

Ok – so mine is more “inspired by” -  but I love the look of the multiple chains and the pearls together!!

This is a really easy bracelet – you can whip a bunch of these up by Christmas.
Also, my favorite part? I had all the chain for this in my scrap section. Yep - all those little pieces of chain I’d saved? (Can you say packrat?)
Perfect for this!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Assorted chain pieces – vary your colors and width
(You’ll need at least 15 – 18 lengths – mine are 6 1/2″ each)
Pearls – two sizes
Eye Pins
Multi-Chain Closure
6 Jump rings
Wire Cutters, Round Nosed Pliers

You’ll be using a Multi-Chain Closure for this bracelet. It’s a bar with at least 3 loops – and usually has the closure (in this case a lobster clasp) attached.

Begin cutting your lengths of chain. I wanted a variety on each section so I made little piles of the different chains. There are 5-6 in each section.

Add the chains from one section to a jump ring. Add the jump ring to a loop on one of the closure pieces.
Place the other ends of the chains onto another jump ring. Add this ring to the opposite ring on the other closure piece.

Repeat for the other two sections of chain – adding them to the other loops on the closure pieces.

Time to get your pearls ready. You’ll be putting them on eye pins – little wires with a loop on one.
Slide a pearl onto the wire.

Hold the straight end of the wire just above the pearl with your Round Nose Pliers.
Wrap the end of the wire around the tip of the pliers and cross it over above the pearl.

With your wire cutters, trim the end of the wire off, just above the pearl where the wires cross.

Now you should have a little loop on each end.

Make more pearls sets – I used 6 small and 3 large pearls.

Connect the pearls with small pieces of chain – making sure they measure the same finished length of your other chains.

Repeat for the other two strands with pearls. Alternate the placement of the pearls so each strand is a little different.

Add a pearl strand to each of the three chain sections on the bracelet.

And Ta-Da!! You just saved $1196. Or so. :)

I love that you could customize it with different chains or beads.

It’s lightweight too!

I hope you like it!! :)

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39 Comments

  • Reply November 15, 2011

    aimee steckowski

    you totally inspire me. i LOVE this! and honestly, love yours MORE than the pricey one. gorgeous!!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Stefanie

    I HAVE to make that! And I love yours more:-)

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Christy

    I LOVE this! I would have never thought about adding all of the different chains together. I need to go through my jewelry box! :) Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Michele @ The Scrap Shopp

    LOVE this, Bev! Totally my style. And I really like your WAY more than the original! Fabulous knock off!!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims

    Love this Bev! Especially like all the mix of chains, very handy that they were all just scraps!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Divya N

    Love Knockoffables !!! kudos to you :)

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Kim @ Cheap Chic Home

    That is gorgeous, Beverly! I love the chain and pearl combo. Oh–really like your linen and lace trees today, too!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Bree

    Love it! I like your version much better, especially the multi-color chains.

  • Love love love your knock-offs! They are always amazing!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Catherine

    This is so beautiful! Your knockoffs lately have been amazing! (better than the originals, in my opinion!) I’m pinning this one, too. :)

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Pam F.

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to pull out all of my supplies and start right after Turkey Day!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Alma

    Another great one! Will try this soon.

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Karen Weight

    Ok, I am going to have to try this! I love it! I have lots of leftover chain scraps I can use!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Jay

    So cute! I love this design so much. And it’s so simple to make! Thanks so much for sharing. I like your version much more than the overpriced one.

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Nancy M

    I love this- I am going to make one for myself! Thanks for the great knock off-I like yours better than the $1200.

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    malia

    Bev there is no end to your creativity! I love your latest work of art!

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Michelle

    This is absoluetly gorgeous and I like yours better than the inspiration photo! Thanks for sharing this tute.

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    Laura @Ms Smartie Pants

    Making jewelry is one of the few crafts I have never tried. I know it’s pretty simple and I could do it but I think it would be one more thing that I would buy a bunch of stuff and never use it all, BUT you make it so tempting!!! I love the bracelet.

  • Reply November 17, 2011

    Natalie

    So pretty! I love to make jewelry so I’m definitely going to have to add this to my list of “to makes!” Gorgeous, thanx for sharing!

    Natalie
    http://www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

  • Reply November 17, 2011

    Rachel

    What a pretty bracelet!! I just pinned it. Thanks for the tutorial – I think I have everything to make this. I love it when I find something I can make with what I already have.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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