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  • Bought a new golden south sea enhancer from Bob at Pearlsociety. It is so beautiful. I paired it with my champagne south sea studs from TahitiPearldesigner, they are just a bit lighter.
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    • And it's crappy selfietime...
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      Bought some keshis from Wen Pearls, beautiful luster, beautiful colors, white/bluish and peach/pink... But they smell some. Washed them. Still smelly, almost like the smell in some asian grocery shops, I can't put my finger on the smell really. Now they have some alonetime with a jar of aceton. No way I put those with my other pearls just yet.

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      • The odor is common with keshi that have been freshly drilled. There is some "matter" inside some of them that needs to dry out. Eventually the smell will go away. The string absorbs and holds the smell. Recommend you take the pearls off the string and leave them in the open to dry. How small are the pearls? If they are fairly large, you may be able to isolate the offenders, flush them with a syringe of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water, then let them dry. (This tip is from our forum member, Marianne!) Could take a few weeks, maybe less, maybe more, until the pearls pass the sniff test ~

        Your new pearl is lovely, love that it is an enhancer!
        Pattye


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        • Thank you Pattye. The keshis are rather small. I will let them dry after the aceton. I try the peroxide if it doesn't work.

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          • The offensive keshis... Now drying...
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            There were 80 silvery keshis, kitten stole 3 last night, only found 2 of the stolen ones... Kitten steals everything. Bad kitten.

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            • The smell is better now. After some time in aceton, the aceton got slightly yellow (with the white/bluish pearls), put them in another jar with new aceton. Then dried them for some hours. Put a small shotglass of vinegar essence (not the one made from wine) in the middle of the plate and a glassbowl over it (to prevent further pilfering from cat). Vinegar essence soaks up smells. I was worried that the fumes would hurt the pearls but it didn't. This morning I wiped them individually with a soft dry cloth. Then I ran them through silktread for drying them on the inside, also to see if they would color the white silk. The silk is still white, frayed though. I knew that I would find a use for all that left over silktread, haven't used silktread on my pearls since I discovered Pattyes Beaders secret tread. Now I just have to find out what to do with the keshis.
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              • I made a necklace with most of the white freshwater keshis. Its about 24inch or 27inch with the extender. There is a beautiful iridescence on these pearls. Sometimes white, or bluish or a little bit pink. I knotted them with Beaders secret in ivory.
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                I wirewrapped one of the pearls to make the extender less boring.
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                With a circled grey, blue tahitian enhancer I bought from Bob at Pearlsociety. Most of my pendants are from Bob.
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                I have a couple of pearls left. Might wirewrap them or make earrings, don't know quite yet.

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                • Lovely! And wow, you work quickly. I love keshi for their randomness and visual interest. You've made a lovely strand!
                  ETA: and by love I mean LOVE!!!
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                  • Thank you JerseyPearl. I love keshis to. Didn't love the smell though. My tahitian keshis didn't smell.

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                    • Crappy selfietime...
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                      My Rikitea strand from Cees. This is my absolut favorite strand. Combined them with my 10mm turquoise green and pink tahitian studs I bought from Wendy at Perlescence.
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                      • Awesome to know how you "cured" the keshi of their odor and created the beautiful necklace! Both lots of pearls have exceptional luster! I'm a huge fan of keshi, like many others here!
                        Pattye


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                        SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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                        • Oohhh, Rikiteas! Yum! Stud earrings are always perfect, look at that reflection in the Pearlescence studs ~
                          Pattye


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                          • Thank you Pattye, I wear the rikiteas at least once a week, usually with these studs. Being around 10 mm, they might accually be about 9mm, they are very comfortable to wear. I have larger studs as well, but sometimes they makes my earlobes ache after a long workday.

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                            • I made a pair of wirewrapped tahitian and freshwater keshi dangle earrings with some of the leftover white keshis. The tahitians came from a pair of earrings that I didn't like the findings on and therefore didn't use. The tahitians are mainly steel grey and maybe a slight blue overtone in some lights.
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                              By the way, totally inspired by Sarahs lovely Kojima earrings.

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                              • I also knotted some of the peach freshwater keshis. The necklace is about 20 inches long and knotted with Beaders secret in gold. I used a fishhook clasp on this, mostly because I thought it would look best with yellow gold and I didn't have any other available. I don't really like fishhook clasps.
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                                It looks rather good with my apricot and small freshwater rope.
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