Got a string of pearls you've never worn. Here's a simple way to make them over using basic needle tatting techniques.

You'll need a string of pearls, any size will work, I used 6.5mm-7mm cultured pink pearls.
small beading needle
cotton crochet thread size 20 (or 10 is you have larger pearls)
tatting needle size 7 (or 5 if you're going with big pearls and size 10 thread)

Basic needle tatting knowledge is needed and can be acquired in my learn needle tatting instructable.

Step 1: Dismantle Pearl Necklace

First step is to rip apart that necklace...carefully of course. Once those pearls are separated, you will need to load them onto your thread. You will want a small beading needle since pearls tend to have small holes.

String them all on even though you may not want to use them all, there is no cutting and tying until the end of the necklace.

I'm going to do this! I have one of those pearl necklaces just wasting away in my jewelry box I got from my aunt along long time ago. I'm sure she would have loved to see it worn more, but now it will;) Thank You! your so creative and I love that you share tatting is so fun.
I am new,have made now flowers and rings to make earrings with,but have got all this down except and don't laugh,the second bead,I just can't get it on and the link to look like this???
Hi Pamela.<br>Thank you for this great re-use idea! Can you explain what you mean in the first sentence when you say tie the &quot;needle thread around the core thread&quot; Do you mean using the &quot;tail&quot; &amp; putting it through the bead with the bead needle?<br>Thanks again, you truly are amazing &amp; an inspiration!
i like the pearls, they look cute! loveeee you hair btw!
That is fantastic, i have been hoping to give my girlfriend a pearl necklace for several weeks now, not knowing how to go about it, i think this is the best option yet.<br /> <br /> Thankyou.<br />
That looks awesome!&nbsp; What a great way to turn an old pearl necklace into something more interesting.<br /> <br /> Unfortunately the tatted detail blends in with the black shirt in your intro picture.<br />
...but that makes them look like they're *floating*...no? I can get a better picture to show them off.<br />
&nbsp;5 stars
Pretty, a great way of turning a boring ole string of pearls into something unique!<br />
&nbsp;That is a lovely necklace! &nbsp;I love the strange design!

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