Pearl Knotting - Floating Beads

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Learn to create a beautiful pearl knotted piece of jewelry with floating pearls and exposed silk.
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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 surgeon's knot at the end of your silk (opposite the needle).

Step 2

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

Use a ruler to decide how far from the bead tip you want your knot. Make a loose simple knot. Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the silk exactly where you want the knot to be. We have placed the knot 1 inch from the bead tip.

Step 6

Slowly tighten the knot around the tips of the tweezers.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

Make a loose simple knot. Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the silk directly next to the bead.

Step 10

Slowly tighten the knot around the tips of the tweezers.

Step 11

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

Step 12

Decide how far away you want the next bead to be. Use a ruler to help measure the distance. We have placed the knot 1 inch from the last bead. Make a loose simple knot. Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the silk exactly where you want the knot to be.

Step 13

Slowly tighten the knot around the tips of the tweezers.

Step 14

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

Step 15

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

Step 16

Make a loose simple knot. Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the silk directly next to the bead.

Step 17

Slowly tighten the knot around the tips of the tweezers.

Step 18

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

Step 19

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

Step 20

Decide how far away you want the bead tip to be. Use a ruler to help measure the distance. We have placed the knot 1 inch from the last bead. Make a loose surgeon's knot. Insert the tweezers into the knot and grab the silk exactly where you want the knot to be.

Step 21

Once the knot is tight, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut off the end of the silk.

Step 22

Bring the bead tip up to the knot. The knot should be sitting inside the cup of the bead tip. Add a small drop of Hypo Tube Cement glue to the knot.

Step 23

To attach a clasp, add a jump ring to the clasp.

Step 24

Hook the jump ring to the bead tip.

Step 25

Grasp the end of the hook of the bead tip with the tips of the chain nose pliers.

Step 26

Gently close the hook of the bead tip.

Step 27

Repeat steps 24 - 26 for the other side of the necklace. We have used a jump ring for the opposite end of the clasp. Congratulations! You have completed a pearl knotted piece with floating pearls.

     

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