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    Default Stringing Tutorial with photos: Stringing Pearls on Power Pro / Beaders Secret

    How to string (or restring) your pearl necklace (or bracelet) on doubled Power Pro
    [edit: or Beaders Secret polyester thread sold on Etsy by Pattye]

    This is not hard-- really! It is harder to describe it than to do it. Anyone can learn to string their own pearls!
    If after reading through this, it sounds too daunting, I suggest making a mini-strand for practice first. Make one 10 pearls long just so you can practice how to knot the end 3 pearls on each side and attach the clasps; the middle pearls are easy to knot.

    To just practice knotting (without bothering with clasps), make an overhand knot, string on a pearl (or any bead), and keep on knotting and adding pearls until you feel comfortable with your knotting technique. Then cut the pearls or beads apart to reuse them.


    If you don't understand anything here, please post, or message me.
    I can always add more photos if any step is still unclear.


    Which thread to use
    You can use silk or another thread if you prefer, but I am going to recommend Power Pro.
    *Edit: See pages 4 & 5 where I tested Beader's Secret, sold by Pattye on Etsy; particularly recommended for colored pearls when you want matching thread. Also recommended if you do not want to use tweezers to seat the knot correctly-- this thread is slippery and the knot glides into place when the 2 threads are pulled apart.


    Why Power Pro instead of silk? Power Pro (like Beader's Secret and other synthetic threads) doesn't stretch out and stays cleaner than silk (but can be washed or worn in the shower.) It is very strong and durable, makes tight, elegant knots and doesn't twist and tangle while you are working with it, as twisted silk thread does. You can sometimes even unpick an accidental knot, which is nearly impossible with silk. Colors are limited, however. Use Moss Green for black or dark pearls and White for other color pearls.
    If you need to use very fine thread, definitely use Power Pro instead of silk! I have had fine silk break when tugging the doubled threads apart to seat the knot, whereas even the 10# (thin) Power Pro won't break when tugged firmly.
    Edit: Beaders Secret also doesn't stretch out the way silk does, and is washable. Colors do not run.
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    Abbreviated Instructions
    -- to show you it is not really so complicated!


    I will expand on these instruction in the tutorial below; after you have made your first strand, this abbreviated version may be all you need to remind you what to do the next time.


    1. Cut a length of thread 5 times the anticipated final length of the knotted strand.
    2. Thread the needle, double the thread and make a large knot, then string on the first 3 pearls in reverse order.
    3. String on a bit of gimp, then pass the needle through the clasp and back through the end pearl. Snug up the thread + gimp + clasp carefully.
    4. Make an overhand knot with the thread around the existing thread between the end pearl and the next pearl.
    5. Use a pair of pointy tweezers (or an awl or darning needle) to guide the knot next to the pearl. To seat the knot, pull the two threads apart firmly. EDIT: Tweezers are not necessary when using Beaders Secret thread (sold by Pattye on Etsy). The knot slides into place when the two threads are separated firmly.
    6. Pass the needle through the next pearl, knot, then the 3rd pearl and knot.
    7. Trim off the original knot.
    8. Keep going, knotting between each pearl until you get to the last 4 pearls from the other end-- just pass the needle through all 4 of them without knotting.
    9. String on gimp, then the other end of the clasp, then pass the needle back through the end pearl. Snug up the thread.
    10. Knot between the end pearl and second pearl. Pass the needle back through the 2nd pearl from the end, make a knot, then repeat with the 3rd pearl, knot, and finally trim off the thread. Be sure you cut the right thread!
    (Edit: Lately to better conceal the cut-off end, I've been passing the needle one last time through yet another pearl and then cutting it off. If you do this, don't knot before cutting it.)


    For knotting an "endless" strand (without a clasp) see post #42, on page 3 of this thread.

    To string on all the pearls at once, and then knot in between
    (this is the way I do it nowadays) see post #31.

    For knotting a strand with thread and silicone bead bumpers (it's quicker-- fewer knots!) see post #153:
    http://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/showthread.php?6942-Stringing-Tutorial-with-photos-Stringing-a-necklace-on-doubled-PowerPro-thread&p=156016&viewfull=1#post156016

    Edit: I'm adding a link to LloydJewelry's YouTube video entitled:
    "Hand Tie Freshwater Pearls, Salt Water pearls. DIY Save restringing cost."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmRID8v8pfk
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    Materials-- what you need, and some other items you may choose to use (none of these is expensive):


    1. Thread Suggestions

    • Power Pro
    -- Beadsmith Power Pro comes on a spool and is sold online as a beading material. You may also find Power Pro sold as fishing line in the sporting goods section of your local store (but our WalMart only carries the Moss Green color.) Comes in 10#, 20# and 30# sizes. [Edit: also 50# and 65#.] The numbers refer to how many pounds of tugging the thread can take without breaking. Doubled thread means double the strength!

    20# is probably the most useful all-around. I've used 20# for my 7mm to 11.5mm pearls. 10# is good for very small pearls with fine holes -- I used it to restring my 3.5 momme graduated strand with the tiny pearls on the end. 30# and larger would be good for larger, heavy pearls or pearls with large drill holes.

    To test for the right thickness, string a short length of Power Pro onto a fine wire needle and double it, then pass it twice through the end 3 pearls on both sides of the necklace. If it does not pass through twice, use a thinner size thread, or use different pearls for the end three-- find pearls with larger drill holes. (Another option is to buy a cordless bead reamer and widen the drill hole in your end pearls. See ebay seller vintagesuzanne (her store is Hye on Beads)-- she has them for $14.95 + free shipping.)

    Now make an overhand knot and tighten it by pulling the 2 ends apart. If the knot slips into the pearl hole, it's too fine; use a thicker size thread.

    Beaders Secret (highly recommended for beginners, see Pattye's Etsy store, link below), a strong, non-stretching synthetic thread that comes in a variety of colors, is about the thickness of 20# Power Pro and is 12# test strength. If you need to make a thicker knot you can make a Jeweler's knot which is where you pass the needle through the knot loop one additional time before tightening it. (But note: I find I need tweezers to ensure this "Jeweler's knot" ends up n the right spot.)
    Edit: Beaders Secret is now available in limited colors in a thicker thread, and also in a finer thread.

    (There's a separate discussion on threads, with more information on Beaders Secret:
    http://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9789)


    2. Twisted (flexible) wire needle, or other flexible wire large-eye needles-- Needles come in different thicknesses. Choose a size that will pass through your end pearl drill holes twice with doubled thread. (I use the Fine size.)
    The eye collapses as you use it, to pass through the drill hole. However, to reuse the needle, just open up its eye again with a needle or an awl.
    When a needle becomes bent, straighten it by passing it through a pair of nylon-head pliers (great tool to have on hand for straightening wire!)
    If the needle tip becomes frayed, trim it with wire cutters.
    Thin wire needles are practically invisible when not threaded-- if you drop one, you may need a light to locate it!


    3. Wire cutters, for cutting pieces of gimp and trimming wire needles as needed. Cuticle trimmers work for this also.


    4. Clasp with a loop on each side, through which your thread and gimp must be able to pass. (If the hole is too small, attach an open type jump ring to the clasp, close it with pliers, and string your thread + gimp through that.)


    5. Gimp (also known as French Wire or bullion). This is a slender coil of wire that is strung on like a bead just before attaching the clasp, and serves the purpose of protecting the thread near the clasp. When pulled snug, the little coils overlap and are like armor over the thread. Although you can skip using it, your stringing job will look more professional if finished with gimp. It comes in different thicknesses. Use a size wide enough that your needle and doubled thread can pass through it, but slender enough to pass through the rings of the clasp. Cut it into desired pieces using wire cutters.

    For 10# and 20# PowerPro with "Fine" size wire needles, I recommend "Fine" or .8mm gimp. Fire Mountain Gems sells vermeil and sterling silver gimp (and other types and colors too.) I have tried both vermeil and sterling silver and like them better than the gimp I previously bought from Artbeads.

    I used to use Medium size but I found that the Fine is wide enough for doubled Beaders Secret to pass through, and makes a smaller, tighter and less obtrusive gimp loop.


    6. A razor knife (like X-Acto or a box cutter), Thread Zap (battery-operated, has a heated filament that cuts through the thread cleanly without leaving residue, and melts the ends of twisted threads like Beader's Secret so they don't fray; Michael's carries it) or sharp scissors to cut the thread.
    Power Pro is harder to cut than other threads.


    7. Pointy tweezers to position the knot correctly before tightening it. Some people use an awl or a darning needle for this.
    These tweezers sometimes have sharp edges that cut through silk, so if you use silk instead of Power Pro, use a file to smooth the edges a bit before using them to knot.
    Tweezers can help you undo an unintended knot if it isn't too tight yet-- insert the points and let them spring apart gently to loosen the knot further until it's loose enough that you can untangle it with your fingers.
    EDIT: Tweezers are not necessary for knotting when using Beaders Secret thread. It is slippery enough that the knot slides into position when the the threads are separated firmly.
    However, it is still good to have a pair on hand. When finishing the necklace, back-knotting the last 3 pearls can be tight, and tweezers are sometimes needed to grasp the needle as it emerges from the pearl to help pull it through. Pliers can also be used to grasp the needle.

    Edit 8/25/15: Today I knotted a necklace with Power Pro using only an awl (no tweezers) to guide the loose knot into position before tightening it by pulling the two threads apart. This works fine.

    8. A working surface that will keep your pearls from rolling around. Beading board, towel, whatever works for you. I like to compose my strand on a beading board but then knot it on a clean towel.


    9. A tape measure, if your beading board isn't marked in inches. I also use a tape measure to measure my thread.


    10. Optional: A magnifier for close work, if your eyes are like mine! I like the kind I wear on my forehead. This is the most expensive item on my list.
    I use the Donegan OptiVISOR with 3.5x lens: http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Don...5X-Lens/113199

    11. Optional (not pictured): Cement, if you prefer to add a dab to your final knots. I generally do not, but the few times I have used it, I used G-S Hypo Cement, which comes in a small tube with a long thin needle-like applicator. If you make 3 knots on each end of your strand you don' t really need cement. I did add a dab when finishing my endless Tahitian necklace, though. A bit of extra security.

    Here is an article an different glues and cements and what they are good for:
    http://www.alacarteclasps.com/pdf/gl...structions.pdf

    Some sources for materials:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatriciaSa...gallery&page=1 (for Beaders Secret thread, gimp and wire needles.)
    http://www.firemountaingems.com/
    (good source of various colors of gimp)
    http://www.artbeads.com/
    (carry PowerPro)
    http://stores.ebay.com/hyeonbeads
    http://www.riogrande.com/
    http://www.bernieslapidary.com/Selprod.asp?SEARCH=board&Image1.x=0&Image1.y=0 (where I got this wooden beading board)
    your local beading shop or craft supplies store (like Michael's)
    many other sources!

    Photos:
    1. Layout of materials
    2. Wire needle closeup
    3. Gimp in its box
    4. A little piece of gimp-- the length you would need to cut-- on my finger, shown for scale
    5. What gimp looks like all stretched out!
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    Preparation for stringing

    If restringing, first wash the pearls in warm, mildly soapy water, or wipe them with a soft damp cloth, to remove grime that may have built up near drill holes, and let them dry on a soft towel. If the drill holes seem grimy inside, thread a needle with clean white cotton thread and run it through a few times.

    Cut apart the pearls carefully. I use an X-Acto (razor) knife or box cutter for this job, as it is both very slender and very sharp. Cut through each knot-- do not try to pull the knot through a pearl, or it will get stuck inside at the narrowest part of the drill hole.

    If a knot gets stuck inside the pearl, you will have to drill it out. You can use a bead reamer to do this. Immerse the drill bit and pearl in water for lubrication and drill gently from both sides until the knot is released. (This will, however, enlarge the drill hole. You will probably need to make a larger "jeweler's" knot when you string this pearl.)

    Arrange your pearls in order on your work surface.
    If you have a multicolored strand, do your arranging in the best possible natural light. I've done this by artificial light and found that I had to rearrange the pearls later, as the colors looked different in natural light.

    If you are like me and sometimes bump the table, jostling the pearls out of order, you may wish to temporarily string them onto a piece of thread or beading wire or even craft wire, just to hold them in order. This has saved my sanity and my knees (crawling around to find them and then having to rearrange them isn't fun!) Or you could use one of the Sticky Mats made by Beadsmith (Rio Grande carries them.)
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    Expanded Instructions. Let's get started!


    1. Cut a length of Power Pro or Beaders Secret 5 times the anticipated final length of your finished strand.
    Thread is cheap and you don't want to run out of thread before you reach the end of your strand!

    2. Thread the wire needle and double the thread, making a large knot at the ends. (This knot does not need to be elegant as it will later be trimmed off.)

    String on the first 3 pearls in reverse order. The 3rd pearl you string on will then become the pearl next to the clasp. The needle should be inserted from the bottom of the pearl toward the top (the top being the end of the pearl that will be closer to the clasp.)
    This matters if you have baroque or pointy pearls where you want the pearl to be oriented in a particular direction, or even if your round pearls have flaws that you want to conceal by orienting the pearl with the better side up.

    3. Using your wire cutters, cut 2 pieces of gimp about 1/4" inch long (about 6mm). Better yet, cut a few extra pieces in case you mess one up. I often do. The goal is to use just enough gimp to make a small, round shaped loop.
    Thread on one piece of gimp carefully, and guide it down to the pearls.

    [At this point let me say, the pearls do not need to be snug up against the original knot-- in fact, it will be easier to trim the knot off later if there are a few inches of thread between the knot and the 3 pearls.]

    Pass the needle through the clasp and then back through the first pearl, drawing it slowly and carefully to avoid tangling. Guide the gimp into position with the clasp centered over the gimp. Finish tightening the loop-- your gimp should form a small firm loop that is right up against the pearl. (If you don't like the results or if the gimp has become raggedy, now would be the best time to pass the needle back through the end pearl and do it over with a new piece of gimp.)

    Photos:
    6. Forming an overhand knot
    7. String on the gimp
    8. Showing the first 3 pearls in reverse order, plus gimp (hard to see) and clasp. (I attached the thread to the tongue end of the clasp but kept the clasp fastened until I was ready to attach the ball end on the other side.) The pearl closest to the knot will be the 3rd one in from the clasp; this is why you string them on in reverse order.
    9. Center the clasp on the gimp before tightening the thread
    10. The gimp fully tightened with the clasp attached.
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    4. Holding the clasp and end pearl in your left hand and the doubled thread with the needle in your right hand, form an overhand knot with the thread between the first and second pearls. Use the fingers of your left hand to hold the loop open and guide the loop into position.

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    11. Hold the clasp and the end pearl in left hand.
    12. Wrap the thread that has the attached needle backwards over the fingers of your left hand to begin forming an overhand knot.
    13. Overhand knot, continued: Push thread through the loop from the back to the front, using the middle finger of your right hand.
    14. Overhand knot, continued: Pinch the emerging thread with your right index finger and thumb and pull the thread with the attached needle through the loop to form a loose knot.
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    Edited on 8/25/15: Today I knotted a necklace with Power Pro using only an awl (no tweezers) to guide the loose knot into place before tightening it by pulling the 2 threads apart. This worked fine!
    But if you want to use tweezers, keep reading.

    5.
    With the tweezers in your right hand, reach to the left through the loop of the overhand knot and grasp all 4 threads with the tip of the tweezers, very close to the end pearl. Slowly tighten the overhand knot evenly.

    Guide the two threads of the loop that are closest to you between the tweezer and the pearl (this prevents the knot from forming far from the pearl with resulting ugly gap) and tighten the knot evenly and gently.

    Withdraw the tweezers, separate the two threads that you just used to make the knot and pull them firmly apart twice, seating the knot firmly up against the first pearl. Don't worry, the PowerPro won't break!

    >>>If using Beaders Secret, you won't need tweezers to position the knot. Just pulling the threads apart is enough to guide the knot to the correct position.

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    15. Insert tweezers to the left through the loosely formed knot loop and grasp both sets of doubled threads just above the end pearl. (Photo 18b also shows reaching through the knot loop to grasp the threads.)
    16. Guide the part of the knot loop that is closest to you between the tweezer tip and the pearl. This ensures the knot forms where it should without a gap.
    17. Seat the knot by pulling the 2 threads firmly apart.
    18. The finished knot. This is larger than knots will be later in the strand, as it goes around 4 threads.
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    6. Pass the needle through the 2nd pearl and make a knot, then repeat with the 3rd pearl.

    7. Trim off the original knot (the knot that you made at first to keep the pearls on the thread)
    Be careful not to cut the knot you just made between the pearls or the thread that has the needle attached!

    No glue is needed when you back-knot through 3 pearls this way. However you can use a dab of glue to be extra sure, given that Beader's Secret is more slippery than Power Pro.

    8. Knotting will be easier now that you are past the first 3 pearls. String on a pearl, make a knot, string on another pearl, knot, etc. until (near the end) you have made a knot and there are still 4 pearls remaining on your beading board.
    **If you are making a very long strand, see post 34 and following for an alternate way to make knots that avoids tangling an extremely long thread. This involves stringing on all the pearls at once, then making knots between them. This method can also be used for normal length strands.


    Tip: After passing the needle through a pearl and before making the knot, take a moment to run your fingers through the doubled threads, separating them all the way out to the needle. This ensures there are no tangles or kinks and that the needle isn't flipped over, and helps you to make a nicely shaped knot (and to avoid making unintentional knots in the thread along the way!)

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    18b. Using the tweezers to make a knot after the 3rd pearl. The original knot is seen in the photo with the original thread "tail", which will be trimmed off after the knot is secure.
    19. Position the Thread Zap device close to the knot to trim off the "tail". (The doubled thread with needle are folded back out of the way, and are not visible in this shot.)
    20. The trimmed knot. (Doubled thread with needle is shown still folded back, out of the way.)
    21. Let gravity assist you to pull the pearls together and avoid gaps between the pearls.
    **Note also that now there is only one set of doubled threads to knot around. The knots will be smaller now.
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    Parenthesis

    At this point I will comment on how to orient the pearls as you string them, to maximize the beauty of your finished strand.

    Know where the center pearl is in your strand, and mentally divide the necklace in half.

    As you are stringing on pearls, turn each pearl so that its nicer-looking end is facing toward the clasp on each side of the necklace.
    Why do this? The top side of each pearl will be more visible when you are wearing the strand on your neck. If you are stringing drop shaped pearls, orient the pearl so that the pointier end is facing toward the clasp on each half of the necklace. (Unless you prefer all the drops pointing in one direction.)
    Also, your knots will vary slightly in size, and some pearls have slightly larger holes than others. Sometimes a smallish knot will slip into a largish hole, and this doesn't look good or separate the pearls well, so turn the pearl around to place the smaller hole next to the knot, or use a different pearl in that spot.

    Edited to add: Some pearls have a definitely nicer front or back; some have flat backs. The drill hole may also not be exactly centered. Gravity will tend to make the pearl hang one way more than the other.
    To encourage the pearl to hang with the nicer side facing out, string the pearl onto the thread and before knotting, hold the strand in the position you will be wearing it and give the pearl a little spin on the thread to see whether it stops with the good side facing out. If gravity is making it stop with the unattractive side facing out, slide the pearl back off the thread and put the needle into the other drill hole.

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    Back to our stringing!


    8. (continued) You have now strung on all except the last 4 pearls.
    String all 4 remaining pearls on, without making any more knots between them as yet, with their larger hole facing toward the soon-to-be-attached clasp. (This will make it easier to pass the needle back through the pearls after the clasp is on.)

    9. String on the gimp, then the other end of the clasp, and go back through the end pearl as you did when you first began the strand.
    The difference is that this time, you will need to snug things up so that there are no gaps when the necklace is finished. This can be a little tricky, so take your time and do it right.
    As before, if you mess up the gimp, just pass the needle backwards through the end pearl and try again with a fresh piece of gimp.

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    22. Gimp on the needle-- it goes on just like a bead does, but is delicate and must be handled carefully or it will stretch out.
    23. Pass the thread back through the end pearl. Note that I am leaving just a very little bit of space between the last 4 pearls to allow for the back-knotting.
    24. Center the clasp on the gimp.
    25. The tightened gimp with the clasp attached.

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    10. After attaching the clasp, you will need to pass the thread back through the end 3 pearls one at a time and make knots between them, just as you did at the other end of the necklace.

    Knots take up some space-- not much, though-- so it's okay to leave the tiniest bit of looseness between the final 4 pearls as you pull the clasp + gimp tight up against the end pearl. If the last 4 pearls are too tight up against each other before back-knotting, you won't have room to make knots between the pearls. But if there is too much looseness, you will end up with unattractive gaps. All I can say is, err on the side of being a bit tighter.
    And if you misjudge it and there is still a tiny gap between the 3rd and 4th pearl, just make an extra knot over the existing knot, to take up the gap. The knots are small, it's near the clasp; no one will notice.


    After the final knot, trim off the excess thread and needle.
    (Edit: Lately to better conceal the cut-off end, I've been passing the needle one last time through yet another pearl and then cutting it off. If you do this, don't knot before cutting it.)

    Please be sure to cut only the correct thread, and not too close to the knot! (By now you are tired--or elated-- exactly when it's easiest to make mistakes. Been there, done that!)


    And now you are done! Congratulations!

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    26. Using fingers to spread the loop of thread as you pull it through the 3rd pearl from the end, to avoid tangling. By now the fit is snug!
    27. Trimming the final knot with the Thread Zap.
    28. Power Pro makes nice, tight knots.
    29. Neck shot of the finished necklace.

    The knots will loosen up very slightly as you wear the necklace so that it hangs better, but PowerPro will not loosen as much as silk will.

    Thanks to my daughter for taking the photos, and to Caitlin for suggesting making a photographic tutorial.
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    Any questions?

    By the way, the reason I restrung this necklace is that I originally had it strung with a huge, oval, gold with diamonds clasp (not realizing how disproportionately large it would be for the 7-8mm Freshadamas), and I wanted to swap that clasp with the ball clasp that came with my color-shifting drops!

    Here are the color-shifting drops (also restrung on Power Pro) with the oval clasp that used to be on the Freshadamas, and the Freshadamas with the ball clasp that used to be on the oval drops; both are improved by the swapping of clasps:
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    This is great. Thanks!
    Caitlin

    How to hand-knot pearls without a tool

    My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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    Thank you PearlDreams! You could make this into a book Very thorough and easy to follow and the photos are great!!! Congrats.

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    Thank you, ladies!

    I know this is not the only way, but it's the way that seems to work best for me.

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    Thank you so much for this!!! I love the drop pearls with the gold clasp, BTW

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