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    A beginner here. As a beginner what advice do you have as far as choosing the cord to put your pearls on? I have seen a few videos and am almost ready to give it a try. I have seen some using what is demonstrated in the video and then some using Griffin Silk Bead Cord. I should add though I am wanting my first necklace to be a "Tin Cup" so, should I just opt for chain? I will be using Freshwater Pearls between 5-6mm in size from a temporary strand. I am so excited to get started.

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    For a Tin Cup style, yes, I'd get chain and wire wrap the pearls onto the lengths of chain.

    The chain needs to have links that are wide enough to pass the wire you use through. Rolo chain is nice, I find. As far as the gauge of wire to use for wrapping, it has to be able to pass through both the pearl and the links in the chain.

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    What a fun project, Kimberly!

    Most likely pearls that size will work with 24 gauge wire. I second PD's suggestion of rolo chain, very easy to work with.
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    For knotting, forget using silk. Silk stretches and tangles and knots when you don't want it to. I only use Pattye's Beader's Secret (which is polyester, I believe), and Pattye's big eye needles. Beader's Secret was a revelation to me. My knotting is so much easier and successful with it than when I used beading silk.

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    Also you will want wire cutters (to cut the chain and the wire) and round-nose pliers (to form the loops).
    For consistent sized loops, make a mark on the pliers with a fine tip Sharpie (permanent marker).

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    Beaducation.com has good tutorial videos for wire wrapping and of course check out youtube.com.

    Thanks for your kind words about Beader's Secret thread and needles, BWeaves!
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