20 Jul


There are times when you just have to be transparent about things and today’s DIY is all about that! Spring 2013 was filled with clear/see-through accessories and the trend hasn’t faded off yet. These clear accessories add a simple and chic effect to any look. In this DIY, we will make a clear necklace that you can, optionally, turn into an ombré necklace of your favorite color.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tear-drop Beads (9 Pieces)
  • Round Beads (20 Pieces)
  • Jewelry Wire
  • 2 Chain Pieces (4 inches each)
  • 3 Jump Rings & 1 Closure
  • Jewelry Plier
  • Wire Cutter
  • Acrylic Paint & Brush


Just a few simple steps, so let’s get started!


 Step 1: Cut a 15 inch piece of jewelry wire.

Step 2: Alternate and string the round and tear-drop beads on the wire piece.

Step 3: Once you have beaded 9 tear-drop ones, add the rest of the round ones at each end of the wire.

Step 4: Create a loop at each end of the wire piece and twist the extra wire around the loop. When making the second loop, make sure you push the beads back to the first loop and leave as little space as possible between the second loop and the beads.

Step 5: Using a jump-ring, attach the first piece of chain to one of the wire loops. Repeat with the second loop and chain piece.

Step 6:  Add a closure to one of the chain ends and a jump ring to the end of second chain. You are done if you just want a clear necklace!

Optional Steps

Step 7: Paint one-third of the tear-drop bead on the necklace with acrylic color of your choice. Repeat it on rest of the tear-drop beads.

Step 8:  Paint the second coat only at the tips of the same beads to get the ombré effect. Hang the necklace somewhere so that the paint dries off completely.



There you have your clear or ombré necklace! I used acrylic color since it’s easy to wash off and switch to a different color. I had no issues of the paint getting on my clothes so far.  I am sure there are better choices, so please let me know if you know any! I hope you give this DIY a try, follow along on Instagram to keep up to date!

14 Comments on “high on CLEAR OMBRE NECKLACE diy”

  1. Jeanine April 23, 2014 at 9:50 PM #

    These piees are perfect. Your blog is amazing! Thanks for sharing so much information with each step too ;D

  2. Canne January 27, 2014 at 9:24 AM #

    Love the necklace! I was thinking glass paint might be a good option, perhaps would be more hard wearing than acrylics. I am definitely going to try this one

    • HIGHonDIY January 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM #

      Thanks Canne, thats a great idea! I have seem those paints at MIchael’s, do you have any particular brand you recommend?

  3. Amanda Sparks November 7, 2013 at 8:04 PM #

    Awesome! What a cool idea. Thanks for sharing!

    • HIGHonDIY November 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

      Thanks Amanda!

  4. Pearl Earrings August 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM #

    OH…Thank you!

  5. Birthstones July 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM #

    That is beautiful! I absolutely love the colors!

  6. MARY KARAGIANNI July 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM #

    I LOVED IT !!!!!

    • HIGHonDIY July 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM #

      Thanks Mary! It is super inexpensive to make as well. Hope you give it a try xx

  7. Kossi Nacheva July 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM #

    Oooh how gorgeous! I love the necklace! I never thought to pain clear beads to get this effect…very nice!

    • HIGHonDIY July 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM #

      Thanks Kossi! You can also use nail polish or any other type of paint 🙂

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