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 18, 2011

    VickiT

    Ooh LOVE IT BEV! I have to say yours, in my opinion is much prettier. And wouldn’t you think something that costs as much as the original that they possibly wouldn’t have been able to afford a REAL arm for a model to show off what much be chains made from real gold? LOL

  • Reply November 20, 2011

    Nilda

    I am totally making this!!! And I think yours is nicer than the original.

  • Reply November 21, 2011

    lisa

    This is so pretty! I’m so into all the fun chunky bracelets like this now. Love yours!

  • Reply November 22, 2011

    Rebecca

    WOW! I love this!My blog parties on Mondays with “So Very Creative”. I am sharing this link with my daughter. She will love this too! I am so glad I found you. I would love for MY readers to meet you. I would love for you to share it at the “Meet Me Monday” linky party and for it to become a regular place to party. I am so happy to meet you! Love, Me http://youaretalkingtoomuch.blogspot.com/2011/11/meet-me-monday-12.html

  • Reply December 3, 2011

    arienn

    Your’s is way more beautiful, and I think I have all the supplies on hand, I am going to make this!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply January 1, 2012

    Lorain

    love it!

  • Reply February 9, 2012

    maureen @ cottage 960

    I love this, and I agree, I like yours waaaaay better. Thanks for sharing the details.

  • Reply February 16, 2012

    Hema

    Love, love your tutorial – You are awesome! Your creation is very beautiful. Please post more tutorials like this.

  • Reply February 21, 2012

    Melinda

    I just found your blog and I am hooked! I have loved every post and have started pinning them to share with my friends. I have one question. Do you use sterling silver for a piece like this or chain from the craft store? It is on my to do list. I taught a friend how to bead and let her keep my collection of beads and findings at her home to help her get started but will be picking them up ASAP after seeing this post. So stoked! THANKS!

  • Reply March 12, 2012

    Karin

    Very creative. Love using up left overs. Thanks so much!!!

  • Reply April 16, 2012

    Jewelie Dee

    Love this look. Great tut!

    Jewelie Dee
    http://www.anearringaweek.wordpress.com

  • Reply May 21, 2012

    Shannon

    Hello :O) I think that yours looks way better than the inspirational bracelet. I want to say that I love your blog, especially the jewelry knock offs. I linked you to my blog, I hope that is OK and I posted about this bracelet and one that I made. Thanks for all that you do.

  • Reply June 23, 2012

    Kimmy Davis

    I love this! Your tutorial helped me finish a bracelet idea that had been on my mind for a while. I blogged about my bracelet and linked to your tutorial! http://kimmydavis.blogspot.com/2012/06/holy-crafts-batman-jewelry-edition.html

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Jill H

    I am a bit of a pack rat and always keep leftover chains from projects and I have hundreds of different colored pearls. As a lover of chunky chain bracelets I can’t believe I never thought of this! Your bracelet is beautiful and I can’t wait to make one! I might even make a couple and give them out as Christmas presents! Thank you!!

  • Reply November 29, 2012

    Lilac

    Your bracelet is just fantastic – much nicer than the expensive one and so easy to create! Am inspired to make one for my 15 year old grand-daughter for Christmas so I’d better get a wriggle on.
    Cheers from Australia – and thanks!

  • Reply March 14, 2013

    Barbara

    Thought yours was the expensive one. Much prettier than the outrageously priced one.

  • Reply May 1, 2013

    Neena

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve made both my grandaughers one and they simply adore them!

  • Reply September 14, 2013

    Bel Marshall

    I’m pretty sure I am in love with you. THIS is EXACTLY the inspiration I needed.

  • Reply February 10, 2014

    Cheryl Maxey

    Just have to say that ” I Am In Love with your page!!!!!” I cannot wait to try some of the designs….especially this one and then the watch one. I have been working with belts, making my own cuffs. Some with watches on them. You do a great job showing each step that makes it easy for us to learn from you. Keep Up The Good Work!!!

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