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  • #31
    I have used square knots in the distant past to string pearls with double thread. More recently have used overhand knot technique instead.

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    • #32
      I don't use square knots when stringing because they can capsize and lengthen. They can also slip sideways and one thread will become a Lark's Head knot around the other thread.

      I use a double strand and do an overhand knot. With Beader's Secret, I can pull both threads and the overhand knot snugs up tight against the pearl.

      When I get to the last 3 pearls, I quit knotting. I drop one of the threads because there's not enough room to go back through the pearls with 4 threads. I take the working thread through the clasp, and then go back through the last two pearls using a beading needle and do an overhand knot with the working thread OVER the passive dropped thread. The I pull both the dropped thread (coming out near the clasp, and the working thread. Then I go through the second pearl, and overhand know over the dropped thread, and pull both threads. Then a dab of glue on those last two knots.
      Last edited by BWeaves; 06-03-2020, 12:38 PM.

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      • #33
        I use a double strand and do an overhand knot. With Beader's Secret, I can pull both threads and the overhand knot snugs up tight against the pearl.[/QUOTE]

        me too
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        • #34
          Katbran,
          On FB we're both friends with a woman in the pearl biz, Alice Chan. A few days ago she posted a short clip of herself knotting the middle of a GSS strand, did you see it? A different technique than anything I've seen before! I'm very curious about it.
          Pattye


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          SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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          • #35
            Pattye, I looked her up and saw she sent me a friend request a while ago. I confirmed it and watched the stringing video. How very cool. It makes sense and looks not only fast, but easier. I will have to give it a try!

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            • #36
              Ooooo I'll head off and have a look now !! Thanks for the 'heads up ' !
              Originally posted by pattye View Post
              Katbran,
              On FB we're both friends with a woman in the pearl biz, Alice Chan. A few days ago she posted a short clip of herself knotting the middle of a GSS strand, did you see it? A different technique than anything I've seen before! I'm very curious about it.
              https://www.instagram.com/pearlzaustralia/?hl=en
              https://www.etsy.com/shop/pearlzaustralia

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              • #37
                Wow I've never seen this method before. It's so fast I can't see what she's doing after she splits the two threads apart.
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                • #38
                  Helen, I'm glad you saw Alice's video also! And how she can knot that way with long fingernails ~ ~ wow!
                  Pattye


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                  SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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                  • #39
                    Ok can someone explain what happens after she splits the threads apart and takes the short end and does...what lol
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                    • #40
                      Lol, we can only hope she will follow through and make a complete video.
                      Pattye


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                      SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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                      • #41
                        Boy I sure hope she does....and does it in Slo Mo lol
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                        • #42
                          Right, Katbran, Very Slo Mo!
                          Pattye


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                          SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by pattye View Post
                            Katbran,
                            On FB we're both friends with a woman in the pearl biz, Alice Chan. A few days ago she posted a short clip of herself knotting the middle of a GSS strand, did you see it? A different technique than anything I've seen before! I'm very curious about it.
                            I am sure this is the same technique that Jeremy posted a few years ago https://youtu.be/O12P1OaMCe8

                            And there is no fingernails to get in the way of the camera LOL.
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                            https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadersSecret

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                            • #44
                              Oh, wow, there's been a lot going on here since I last checked! (I'm finishing a new collection and have been working extra-hard for the last couple of weeks.)

                              I want to say thanks to everyone who offered encouragement and advice. I finally figured out the mistake that was causing my knots not to hold: I was tying double overhand knots (or double half-hitches? I'm still figuring things out) around the passive thread with the end of the thread I'd been working with, but none with the long tail I'd left when I started. Once I did that, the necklace seemed much more secure, but I did use glue, too, just in case.

                              Here's how it turned out:

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                              And now I love knotting and have already ordered more Beader's Secret from Pattye!

                              Happy Weekend, everybody!
                              Jennifer

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                              • #45
                                Congrats on the successful outcome. It looks great. Knotting is addicting - buy lots of Beaders secret!

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