Supplies and prep.
Gudebrod silk thread. size D (small), E (best for most pearls), or F (for big beads), on a card or spool in a color to match your strand.
Here is an example of a site that sells silk threads on a card without a needle, so the small timer can have many colors without buying big spools. http://www.beadshop.com/StringingMat...kGudebrod.aspx
To test your thread size:
- Run a threaded needle through a sample pearl or bead, and return the thread back through the same hole it came out of. If the needle won’t go through both ways, go to a smaller size thread.
- String one pearl on the thread. Make a trial overhand knot, pull it tight. Try sliding the pearl over the knot. If it goes over the knot, you need a larger size thread.
I prefer the twisted wire needles and I buy them in the smallest size.
Here is a good source for twisted wire needles or any other kind you may want:
There are so many of these on over the net, I hesitate to recommend one for you. Whatever you pick, make sure it stays shut. A classic fish hook will always work for starts.
This page is good for sterling. http://www.artbeads.com/silver-components-clasps.html
This one for gold and gold filled: http://www.artbeads.com/gold-clasps.html
French wire, bullion, or gimp: 3 names for the same product. Buy in same color as clasp:
See bead chart for how many pearls of what size needed to make what length necklace with and without knots.:
Some cute little sewing scissors.
A bead clamp.
Pre-stretch your silk thread by pulling on it. Run some beeswax down the thread from end to end. Pull before the beeswax, and after.
For a knotted strand 16-20” I use about a 5ft stretch, doubled with a knot (or a beadclamp) at the end. It is more thread than necessary, but not much.
A nice beginning for your necklace:
String your first three pearls on in reverse order.
Thread gimp and one end of clasp down and push down to the pearls. Clasp should be over the gimp.
Pass needle back through same hole it came out of.
Gently pull the gimp into a loop against the first pearl.
Make an overhand knot around the thread and pull tight against the first pearl. Separate the two strands and pull to tighten the knot in place.
Pass needle through second and third pearls with a knot after each one.
Cut off any extra thread and/or the knot from the end of the thread.
String on the rest of your pearls.
The fastest and easiest method of knotting is shown in this video, which you have to download to your computer. It will run on any of the players:
Sit in front of this video on repeat and copy the moves.
End your strand the same way as you started it.
Do not knot last three pearls.
Put gimp and other end of clasp on thread and run needle back through the first pearl, be sure you pull it tight, and knot, second pearl and knot third pearl and knot then through the fourth pearl and cut of excess.
A lot of people only do one pearl where I do three, but my method does not require glue.
For Endless Loops:
Be sure to have enough thread, maybe 3-4 yards (It will be 1 1/2- 2 yards long when doubled.) for each 36" of beads.
Leave the first three pearls unknotted.
String and knot all other pearls.
Pass needle though one unknotted bead, knot, second, knot, third,knot, cut off excess.