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    Professional Rethreader Senior Guide Member Bernadette's Avatar
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    Default Is this a record?

    Well it is for me . . .

    Special order for a client - through a shop - 7 strands of dyed agate - fully knotted into one continuous strand (no clasp) for a final length of 3 metres or approx 9feet 9 inches.







    Phew - I am glad this one is finished.

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    Third-graft Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Raisondetre's Avatar
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    Woah, good job! I nearly died and I only did about 2.5 feet of the 6-7 mm dyed golden freshwaters.

    Wait, that strand probably addled my brains. It was 72" or 5'.
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    I can just about manage a 20in strand at a time!

    Great job, very "goth"

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    Bernadette - Good job. They look wonderful.

    I wonder if I would have the patience..

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    I am just in awe of you managing that much thread.... I seem to get it caught on my heels, the chair, the castors, etc etc... and that is just when it is a 42 inch rope!

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    Wow! That is impressive! Must weigh plenty also, did you check it out? What was the mm size of the beads? I do love black agate or onyx, but that is over the top!! Did you use a continuous thread, or splice along the way? I'm thinking the latter. Congrats!
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    My 'Shirley Schmidt' 11-12mm round white necklace is 9 feet 10 inches...

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    Good job, Bernadette.

    For those who do not know Bernadette, she is a professional knotter from Australia. She even knows the Paspaley knots, though she can't make it public.

    She also uses a kaygee polyamide string. Here's a quote from an old thread
    There's no "Special" thread needed - it could be Silk - but I dont recommend it - or you can use any other beading thread of your choice. My personal favourite is an Australian made thread by Kaygee products based in Western Australia.
    I researched Polyamide thread and came up with Kaygee LINK and also this:
    Poly Nylon (Griffin) Bead Cord
    Often known as Polyamide or Griffin. As soft as silk, strong, fray-resistant, knottable stringing material. Twice as strong and half the stretch of ordinary Nylon. Can be knotted very tightly.
    Not to mention, both brands come in a variety of colors
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    Professional Rethreader Senior Guide Member Bernadette's Avatar
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    Thanks everyone for the nice feedback.

    The bead sizes where 6 & 8mm - the wholes where rather large so 6 strands of thread was used - keeping the thread straight was a bit like herding chickens.

    Hi Caitlin - yes it was done with the tried and true Kaygee thread - for this length and weight you need to be able to trust the material.

    I didnt weigh it - but I wouldnt like to think how much this length of 11-12's would weigh around the neck.

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    Congratulations Bernadette! It sounds like it would be exhausting to knot something so long and heavy, but it looks beautiful.
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    Reading this thread reminds me I have some faceted onyx beads to string, and shall keep some of white drilled rounds from the beaders specials to form a double

    I am going to do 2 strands instead of a long rope though, safer for an inexperience knotter!

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    Wow, you did an amazing job. The longest I've knotted is 50" and that took me a week!

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    This is one of mine. The long Sheri-wannabee I've been talking about.
    183cm. (72 inches).
    Sorry there's no neck shot - will try for one tomorrow.
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    My goodness that is beautiful

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    I keep seeing more and more people wearings pearls on tv. The c-spans are loaded with them as are interviews on news shows.

    Today, we can wear a necklace like that anywhere, but it looks particularly delicious on those over 40. It is really upscale without being blingy.

    I saw our new first lady sporting a medium sized (not over 8mm) white CFWP 18" a very appropriate jewelry for anyone to buy/wear this year.

    I wonder who her pearl supplier is?
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