How to Teach Old Pearls New Tricks

How to Teach Old Pearls New Tricks

The first time I saw my friend, Emily, after she had returned from a trip to France, she was wearing this amazing necklace crafted from linen and pearls. I just loved it on her and made a mental note to acquire something similar for myself one day.

Pearl and hemp necklace from France worn by Emily Doren of Lace & Day in Buffalo, New York

All Frenchy and gorgeous…

Well, several years have since passed and I never did find a necklace quite as glorious as Em’s. So, I threw in the shopping towel and decided to try and recreate the necklace myself- or rather a bracelet version first, just to try out the technique. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So, I decided to repurpose the pearls from an outdated thrift store pearl necklace, pairing them with hemp twine / cord to recreate the look of Emily’s necklace.

Old fashioned pearl necklace from the thrift store to be refashioned and repurposed into DIY beach summer style pearl and hemp jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Stodgy thrift store pearls!

Hemp cord to be refashioned and repurposed into DIY beach summer style pearl and hemp jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This will do nicely!

I randomly decided to cut seven long strands of hemp for my bracelet. Notice Cottonball’s paws in the picture?

Hemp cord to be refashioned and repurposed into DIY beach summer style pearl and hemp jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can you guess what happened next?

Well, it wasn’t until I was finished that I realized Cottonball had stolen a strand and I ended up only using six in the bracelet. Le sigh.

Anyway, I started by making a loop of my six strands at one end, and then wrapped it tightly with jewelry wire to give it an “unfinished yet finished” look.

Hemp cord to be refashioned and repurposed into DIY beach summer style pearl and hemp jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting started…

Hemp cord to be refashioned and repurposed into DIY beach summer style pearl and hemp jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There! Just like that.

Then I began knotting and stringing the pearls with whimsy- no pattern, no measuring.

Repurposing pearls from a thrift store pearl necklace into a refashioned bracelet jewelry using hemp cord by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Beachy keen!

When I had reached a good length for my wrist, I simply made another loop wrapped in jewelry wire as I had done before. I added a couple of jump rings and a clasp, and it was ready to wear. In literally minutes. For just a few dollars.

Repurposing pearls from a thrift store pearl necklace into a refashioned bracelet jewelry using hemp cord by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cool is that?

It’s not as amazing as Emily’s necklace- and I don’t have some fabulous story about finding it in Le France. But with just a handful of materials, a few measly American dollars, and lounging on my kitchen floor on a lazy weekend morning, I achieved a somewhat similar look.

Repurposing pearls from a thrift store pearl necklace into a refashioned bracelet jewelry using hemp cord by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Le pretty!

And yes, I’ll try a necklace next time…and won’t let Cottonball steal my strands! Before you go, feel free to check out my entire DIY Upcycled Jewelry Collection for even more inspiration!

And check out my friend, Salvage Sister & Mister’s, refashioned pearl necklace idea here, too!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Oh I love how this came out! It’s gorgeous! Wow!

  2. auntiepatch69 says:

    I hope you hunted down that missing string. If Cottonball eats it………..$$$ vet bill!

  3. This is so pretty! Easy, too! I’ll have to try it out soon! I’ll be sure to link back when I do 🙂

    Natalie

  4. So pretty! Great work! I love the way it came out and the amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Would love to have you visit me sometime 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

  5. Instant love!! This is gorgeous!

    • I’m so glad you like it, Jen! And it is CRAZY EASY to make…and it’s definitely fun to give new life to dated pearls collecting dust at Goodwill! If you make your own version, I’d love to see a picture!!

  6. What a lovely idea. It turned out so beautiful.

  7. Love rustic look of your bracelet, casual but gorgeous, great first try. I have some pearls my ex- husband gave me for wedding gift over 54 yrs. ago. Couldn’t make myself get rid of them. Seeing your wonderful creation think I’ll use them to make a bracelet for oldest daughter (of ex-husband). Think she has right to them. I love this way to give her something she can treasure. So glad I clicked on this post. Meant to be. Happy Spring

  8. I have the itch to make some jewelry now! Love this project!

    I would love for you to share you creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! We are live now and start each Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

  9. Love Love Love. I really like how these pearls turned out, what a great upgrade to an old set of unwanted pearls. Best part is you are likely to ware them more to keep the color true.
    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social, looking forward to seeing what you share next week.
    Ricki

  10. This is lovely, and though you don’t have a “picked it up in a little store in France” story you have a “made it myself, totally unique” story. Just as good!

  11. Brilliant! So happy to find this. I have a pearl necklace that just isn’t my style…but your bracelet totally is. So…I’ll be trying this this afternoon. Thank you!

  12. Gorgeous! You did a beautiful job. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I adore this and you have inspired me!

  14. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I think your bracelet looks amazing! Enjoy:@)

  15. I always notice cat’s paws when ever they show up, have a cat too. His name is Guy (in Finnish though = Hemmo).
    Absolutely adorable cat you have there. They always want to join and help, don’t they? 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this bracelet tutoring.

    Greetings from Helsinki!

  16. Mary Helene says:

    I have several strands of old Pearls and didn’t know what to do with them. This idea is just wonderful and can’t wait to try it.

  17. Margaret says:

    This is so pretty… do you have these in your Etsy shop? If you don’t, you should!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you!! And I don’t…but you’re right, I should! They’re so easy to make…this project is actually three years old now but I still have the bracelet. 🙂

  18. Omg !! I have pearls just like this and have been holding onto them just waiting for inspiration. I purchased them at a second hand store and fell in love. I hope u don’t mind if I use your wonderful design to make either a necklace or bracelet.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Happy crafting, Carol! All I ask is that you let anyone who asks know where you got the idea from. 🙂

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