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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member
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    Thank you, everyone! The consensus seems to be to start with the shorter strand. Why is that?

    I do have a dress that I think will go well. Maybe too well. I don't want the pearls to fade out. I usually have to actually try it on to see.

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    I think that I always start with the shorter strand because it can be tricky to make an even shorter one. Many of my strands are of diffrent lenghts, mostly because of the pearls size. Smaller pearls don't bother me if they are pretty close to my neck, but bigger pearls take up more space. Rambling a bit. What I think I mean is that if you take an 18 inch strand of 6mm pearls and one 18inch strand of 10mm pearls, the larger pearl strand looks shorter because of the volume. So I make the shorter strand as short as I want it, and depending on pearlsize it can be somewhere between 16-20 inches. Then it is easier to see how long the next strand should be. I hope this makes sence...

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    Linda, I'm thinking you are planning a shorter necklace, not a 2-strand rope. Is that so? Do you have a favorite strand length? With the pearls you are using, you will want to keep an even pattern. You can decide how closely you want the strands to sit. You can have it all your way! As you've mentioned, playing with 2 temp strands will help you sort it all out.
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    I did the shorter strand, at about 21". I'm now working on the longer one, and understand now why I was advised to do the shorter one first. The first strand is flopping around making it harder, and if it were longer it would be even worse. I am also using a better needle, which makes it easier. For the first strand, the needle was all bent up. The white pearls have small holes, and trying to get a very bent needle through was a pain. If you are interested, I'll try to take some pictures tomorrow (too dark now).

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    Linda, can you sort of bundle up the finished part and put a tie around it? I often use a short length of suede, which can be easily untied and and added to. Or roll it up into a little jewelry bag? Yes, there is definitely some flopping around, even so.

    Who else has tips for working with longer necklaces and ropes?

    Yes, of course we want photos!
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    Finally finished, and I really love the result:
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    This is the dress. I think it works ok.
    'Thank you for all the help!

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    Oh, this is absolutely a beautiful outcome!

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    Beautifully done, Linda, and they look amazing with your dress.

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    These are perfect with your dress, Linda! Wonderful job knotting.

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    The pearls turned out wonderfully! And they are lovely with your dress.

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    Linda, your double strands turned out magnificent and looks perfect with the dress! Congratulations! I always think of the alternating large and small pearls as "Chanel style," many of the pearl ropes she was photographed in were knotted that way.
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    Fabulous! Perfect dress for them, too.

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    That turned out so pretty!

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    They look beautiful, and hang so nicely - congrats!

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    Hi Linda, congratulations on your double row strand, for a first attempt you have done a fantastic job.
    When using new pearls you can finish off the first strand as long as you know the starting off length (including the clasp).
    If the necklace was going to be a graduated necklace, recommend work out the graduation first on a board or using a temporary thead\line, and then as above.

    Now if this was a restring, DO NOT finish off the first row, as variations in technique and thread used can affect the lengths, and how it sits.

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