Pearl Knotting Q and A

1. What is knotting?

Knotting is a bead-stringing technique traditionally used for pearls. In contemporary jewelry designs, you can use any type of bead you want. Please see our Technique for step-by-step photos and instructions for pearl knotting.

2. How do I attach a clasp to a string of pearls or beads that I have strung on silk cord?

Bead tips (also known as knot cups), conceal and secure knots tied with silk cord and connect the cord to the clasp. First knot the cord inside a bead tip, dab the knot with glue, and then use pliers to gently close the cup around the knot. Attach a clasp to the bead tip's loop, and then close the loop around the clasp. Please see our Technique on pearl knotting for photos and instructions on how to use bead tips.

3. Griffin Bead Cord Size Chart

Griffin Bead Cord Size
Inches
Millimeters
0
.012 in.
.30mm
1
.014 in.
.35mm
2
.017 in.
.45mm
3
.020 in.
.5mm
4
.024 in.
.60mm
5
.026 in.
.65mm
6
.027 in.
.70mm
7
.030 in.
.75mm
8
.032 in.
.80mm
10
.035 in.
.90mm
12
.037 in.
.98mm
14
.040 in.
1.02mm
16
.041 in.
1.05mm

4. How do I secure the knots?

Add a small drop of adhesive to secure the knot. For glue recommendations, please see our adhesives chart.

5. Do I need to pre-stretch silk thread before I use it for pearl knotting?

Yes. Silk thread that is not pre-stretched can sag out of shape over time. Once the thread sags, it will have to be completely restrung.

To pre-stretch your thread, weight each end of your thread and drape it over a door overnight. We recommend tying each end of your thread onto the handle of a coffee mug as a weight.

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