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  • #16
    I wouldn't be opposed to using a dab of glue to hold a pearl in place. I don't see an issue considering it's your own piece and not for resale. It would probably do the trick and keep the pearl aligned the way you want it. I don't see how a different method of knotting will keep the pearl from spinning otherwise.
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    • #17
      Thank you again so much for your advice, pattye, BeadersSecret, CortezPearls, pearlescence, Pearl Dreams and jshepherd!!! I was ready to go with the GS hypo cement when I thought maybe I could just put something in the drill hole to pad out the thread (since my gauge is currently limited by the drill hole size of other pearls on the strand). I have G.U.M proxabrushes which are basically tiny pipe cleaners for teeth, so I decided to try putting one in the unknotted end once I had the pearl orientation correct. I then cut it flush with the pearl and knotted the rest of the strand as usual... So far it has actually worked quite well to hold the pearl with the coppery side facing forward! I've worn it the last two days and any time I checked, it was facing how I wanted it. I'm not sure how long it will hold and I may eventually need the glue, but since I've been adding to the strand for the past 3 years, it's always a work in progress. I did a test run initially with just the pearl on a piece of thread with the proxabrush inside, and it came out easily with a little push from the tip of my reamer, so hopefully I can avoid a drill out until I'm happy with the final necklace.

      (First pic is the blue face, second pic is the copper-y face I wanted to be visible)
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      • #18
        That's some Pearlingenuity!
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        • #19
          What a clever and beautiful solution, SurfnSci! No wonder you were so eager to have that pearl stay in that orientation ... well done
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          • #20
            What a pretty strand and an ingenious solution

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            • #21
              That's one to put in the 'brilliant improvisations' file
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              • #22
                SurfnSci Great solution! And WOW your SoCs collected over the years look very pretty! It is already such a special necklace

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                • #23
                  Thank you all so much for your very kind words and encouragement!!!!
                  (Amazon has several other sizes of proxabrush, so if this one doesn't hold I'll have some additional experimenting to do )​​​​​​​

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                  • #24
                    There are always clever tricks! And you can't find them if you don't try and use your creativity. Great work SurfnSci
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                    • #25
                      Excellent solution! BTW, I happen to love those little tooth picks...they're really wonderful at getting out pearl dust after drilling. I use them often.
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                      • #26
                        Bravo! Super idea, Surf&Sci, I'm a huge fan of Cortez Pearls and you have some beauties! (I was in Ca with family for a week and am just catching up!)
                        Pattye


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