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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member KaySD's Avatar
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    I like my strands longer than the standard lengths, so I have come up with a couple of tricks for adding length using Orbit clasps. I have 2 strands that were strung with Orbit clasps I had PP special order from KGH -- they have little cups that add some extra length. It may be possible to achieve a similar effect stringing a gold bead or 2 between the clasp and the last pearls.

    I request that my strands be strung with 2 "active" clasp parts, basically 2 hooks instead of 1 hook and 1 eye. This arrangement lets me use 1 hook to hook onto the necklace to create a lariat and the other hook to hook through a pendant to create a drop for the lariat. It is also very useful for adding length. I bought 1' of YG filled chain and 1' of silver chain with large links, and then I use wire cutters to cut custom length extenders. I just hook 1 side of the clasp through each end of the chain. With my long hair, I can add up to 3" of chain without the clasp ends being visible around the sides of my neck. I have two 19" strands I like to wear together as a double. I add a 2.5" extender chain to the outer strand to make them nest together nicely.

    I have some older strands that were strung with Orbit clasps with just 1 active end. If I want to add length to those, I use a longer piece of chain, string it through the eye part of the clasp and catch both ends of the chain with the hook part of the clasp.

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    Museum Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert JerseyPearl's Avatar
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    I'm loving that brushed finish on the orbits! And pairing them with the bead caps...really pretty!
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    Ooh, KaySD, Love those brushed orbits with end caps!
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    Wow those look so different with the brushed finish! Good idea to link them with a bead cap too !

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    looks fabulous kaysd - luv the brushed finished - luv the sneaky little extender - i'm going to give it a go with a tahitan choker - hate not being able to see them when I have them on.

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    Simply beautiful. Enjoy!!

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    So glad this thread got bumped back up and I got to see these wonderful pearls - hope you’ve had lots of wear from them!

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    Simply gorgeous colors. Your look great in them.

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