How to create a stunning Preciosa Pearls choker for your Halloween wardrobe. Are you looking for the perfect piece of jewelry to complete your blood splattered ensemble? Look no further than a beautiful, handcrafted Preciosa pearls necklace with a gory twist! With a few simple jewelry making techniques, you can create a one-of-a-kind piece that will make a statement on your big night out! Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to create your own Preciosa Pearls Blood Drip Choker!
By the way if you are an approved Swarovski customer, you can also use Swarovski Crystals for this project, they come in very similar same shapes, sizes and colour of beads and pearls and will substitute beautifully for Preciosa Pearls. Bluestreak Crystals are one of very few remaining Swarovski Distribution Partners and can supply the entire range of Swarovski Crystals to businesses and professionals.
The full list of Preciosa Pearls, components and tools needed to complete this project can be found below. If you click on the product description (link), the respective product page will open, where each item can be viewed and added to cart:
For this project you are going to need a large flat, well-lit area to neatly spread out your tools and enjoy the calm focus required for jewellery making. Lay down the bead board and place your various beads and pearls into the different compartments.
Establish the size of the choker
Take a flexible tape measure and wrap it round your neck at the tightness you want the choker to be. Take that measurement and add 2cm to allow for the width of the pearls and make a note on the bead board. There are handy measurement markings that will help you ensure the necklace is the correct length.
Lay out the pearls
Using the three grooves on the bead board, lay out the Preciosa Pearls and establish where the cluster of 6mm Round beads will go, these will represent the blood-soaked section. Here’s an example of how the beads might look:
Thread the pearls
Starting from one end of the top row of pearls, begin using the illusion cord to strand the pearls and beads together. For this design when you get to the end of the first row, continue down into the first two pearls of the next row and loop the cord round so that there is a cluster of 4 connected pearls. Then pull the cord through a second time and continue along the next strand.
Continue this process each time you get to the end of the row and it should look something like this:
Secure the thread
Once the three strands of pearls are woven together, tie a secure knot at one end and continue to pass the cord through a few more pearls before trimming the excess, this guards against loose ends.
Add the drips of blood
Tie on a fresh strand of Illusion cord and thread it through a few pearls and beads until it comes out where you want a drip to be, then add on various seed beads and the smaller Round Beads. Each time you add a bead, choose where you want it to stay and then loop the chord around and back through, this loop will secure it’s position. Use the loop method to secure the beads into clusters in whatever sequence you think looks best.
Here’s is an example of a cluster:
Add the pendants
Complete each droplet with a pendant on the end and thread the cord back up through the beads until you get back up to the choker. Then you can thread through to the next droplet by repeating step 6. In this design we created 3 blood droplets, however you can add as many as you like. Once you are finished, tie off the cord and conceal the loose tail as described in Step 5.
Create the back fastenings
Open the jump ring by using two pliers and twisting the jump ring in opposite directions, this will safely open the jump ring.
Thread the open jump ring through another jump ring and use the two pliers to pull the ends of the jump ring together, repeat this process until you have crafted a short chain. Then use the twisting method to attach the Bolt Ring Clasp to one end.
Attached the clasp
You should now have a short chain with the clasp on one end, use the twisting technique to attach the other end of the chain around the line of Illusion cord that is holding the top two rows of pearls together.
Create the other half of the fastening
Create another slightly longer chain of jump rings for the other half of the necklace attachment and use the same twisting method to connect it to the other end of the pearl choker so that it lines up with the clasp. It should look something like this:
Congratulations you have completed the project!
We hope you enjoyed this step-by-step tutorial on how to hand craft your very own custom fit blood drip pearl choker using pearls and beads from Preciosa. We hope your Halloween is an absolute scream!