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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member danachit's Avatar
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    Default Finally DONE with double-strand opera necklace...WHEW!

    So after six months, I finally decided to knot the 60-inches of really nice pearls I bought for my best friend. I used white silk and a 14KW gold filigree round clasp. I used french bullion and my handy dandy tri-cord knotter to help with the actual work.

    The first time, it took 4 hours. Yes, that's right...the first time. I accidentally made a mistake and knotted twice between two pearls. It was hardly noticeable but I knew it was there...SO...I did it again. This time was much faster and no mistakes.

    The hardest part was in the very beginning when there was gobs and gobs of silk stretched across the sofa, but after the first 3 pearls were on and the other 200 pearls were on...it was a breeze. Well, maybe not a 'breeze'...more like a breeze with gusts up to 30mph..


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    May I offer my highest compliment? I WANT!
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    Wow! Great job! (BTW knotting takes me forever, too.)

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    Dana,

    That's truly a treasure! What a fortunate friend!! Beautiful work on the knotting!!!
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    Wow, that looks great. I wish I had that resolve.

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    Can we be best friends too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly View Post
    Can we be best friends too?
    Well said! Except she might want YOU to make her a necklace!
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    Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Well....truth be told, it isn't totally for free. She did my taxes, AND next week is her 50th BD. We've been closest of friends our entire lives...born right next door to one another.

    Have yall ever made a beautiful necklace but you and only knew it wasn't perfect and it had one little flaw? Did you do it over?

    I realized the pain of the re-do was much less than the pain of knowing one knot was bigger.

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    Oh, yeah. I too would have restrung that piece. Even if the little, tiny, barely noticable mistake was at the very end of the piece.

    Customers are paying to have something done correctly, and it's part of my job to make sure they get what is expected, and more.

    Beautiful work, well done. The longest I've strung is 60+ inches.

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    Excellent job! It's horrible when the mistake is noticed. I too, feel compelled to do it over. When you do it over, it's over. When you don't do it over, it nags forever.
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    Big pat on he back from moi you have done a fabulous job.

    The only time I would redo the strand, if it was going to be detrimental
    to the rethreading.

    If only you can see the wee mistake it is not an issue.

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    Well done. You can't even hardly tell from here that the 18th knot of the left side is backwards.











    Nah, Its really pretty
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeyy View Post
    Well done. You can't even hardly tell from here that the 18th knot of the left side is backwords.



    Nah, Its really pretty
    !!

    Don't do that!

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    It is a beautiful necklace! You did a fabulous Job! This is absolutely stunning!!!
    Cheers,
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    Gorgeous strand, and I absolutely love that length.

    Good job on the knotting. Those long strands can be a challenge!
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