Pearl Knotting

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With this technique you can add the classic look of pearl knotting to your contemporary designs. Use any beads from gemstones to glass and make your own pearl-knotted treasures.
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Tip 1You will need to pre-stretch your silk cord before beginning. Silk cord or thread that is not pre-stretched can sag out of shape over time. Once the cord sags, the piece will have to be completely restrung. To pre-stretch your thread, weight each end of your cord and drape it over a door overnight. We recommend tying each end of your cord onto the handle of a coffee mug as a weight.
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Step 1

Make a simple knot at the end of your silk (opposite the needle).

Step 2

Slide a clamshell bead tip onto the silk. The knot should fit inside the clamshell bead tip.

Step 3

Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the end of the silk.

Step 4

Add a small drop of Hypo Tube Cement glue to the knot.

Step 5

Using your chain nose pliers, gently close the clamshell bead tip over the knot.

Step 6

Using the attached needle, string a bead on the silk.

Step 7

Make a loose simple knot.

Step 8

Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the silk directly next to the bead.

Step 9

Slowly tighten the knot around the tips of the tweezers.

Step 10

Using your tweezers, grab the silk above the knot and push down towards the bead to tighten the knot.

Step 11

Slide another bead onto the silk.

Step 12

Repeat Steps 7-11 until desired length.

Step 13

Once you have knotted your piece to the desired length, slide another clamshell bead tip onto your silk. This should be facing in the opposite direction of the first one.

Step 14

Using your tweezers, make a knot inside the clamshell bead tip. Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the silk directly next to the bead.

Step 15

Slowly tighten the knot around the tips of the tweezers. Using your tweezers, grab the silk above the knot and push down towards the bead to tighten the knot.

Stpe 16

Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the end of the silk. Then add a drop of Hypo Tube Cement glue to the knot.

Step 17

Using your chain nose pliers, gently close the clamshell bead tip over the knot.

Step 18

Hook a soldered jump ring to the clamshell bead tip.

Step 19

Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, gently close the hook of the clamshell bead tip.

Step 20

On the opposite side of your piece, hook a clasp to the clamshell bead tip. Gently close the hook of the clamshell bead tip with the tips of your chain nose pliers.

       

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