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The pearl knotting tool is a convenient way to make traditional knotted jewelry designs.
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Beads (pearls, crystals, glass, etc)
Silk Bead Cord
Clamshell Bead Tips (sterling or gold-filled)
Hypo Tube Cement
6 inch Knotting Tool
Chain Nose Pliers
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
Make a simple knot at the end of your silk (opposite the needle).
Thread a clamshell bead tip onto the silk. The knot should fit inside the clamshell bead tip.
Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the end of the silk.
Add a small drop of Hypo Tube Cement glue to the knot.
Using your chain nose pliers, gently close the clamshell bead tip over the knot.
Using the attached needle, string a bead onto the silk.
Make a loose simple knot.
Insert the awl part of the pearl knotting tool into the loop.
Slowly tighten the knot around the awl.
Insert the silk into the "Y" shaped prong. Pull it down to further tighten the knot onto the awl.
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.
When the knot has slid off the awl, give it a little extra tug to further tighten the knot against the bead.
Slide another bead onto the silk.
Repeat Steps 7-13 until desired length.
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.
Make a knot inside the clamshell bead tip using the same technique as in steps 7-13.
To attach a clasp, use the tips of your chain nose pliers to gently open the hook of the clamshell bead tip.
Hook a soldered jump ring to the clamshell bead tip.
Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, gently close the hook of the clamshell bead tip.
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.