Using the Pearl Knotting Tool

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The pearl knotting tool is a convenient way to make traditional knotted jewelry designs.
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Step 1

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

Step 2

Thread 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 onto the silk.

Step 7

Make a loose simple knot.

Step 8

Insert the awl part of the pearl knotting tool into the loop.

Step 9

Slowly tighten the knot around the awl.

Step 10

Insert the silk into the "Y" shaped prong. Pull it down to further tighten the knot onto the awl.

Step 11

While pulling down on the thread with one hand, push up as shown, with the thumb of your other hand until the knot slides off the awl.

Step 12

When the knot has slid off the awl, give it a little extra tug to further tighten the knot against the bead.

Step 13

Slide another bead onto the silk.

Step 14

Repeat Steps 7-13 until desired length.

Step 15

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 16

Make a knot inside the clamshell bead tip using the same technique as in steps 7-13.

Step 17

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

Step 18

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

Step 19

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

Step 20

To attach a clasp, use the tips of your chain nose pliers to gently open the hook of the clamshell bead tip.

Step 21

Hook a soldered jump ring to the clamshell bead tip.

Step 22

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

Step 23

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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