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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Gemandpearlover's Avatar
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    Default Metallic Off Round Freshies Using Bead Bumpers

    I had three strands of mixed color off round 10-11mm mostly metallic FW pearls to work with. I decided to use bead bumpers. I used the 1.5mm ones and definitely recommend using bigger ones. They are so tiny. I sorted the pearls and used the lavender and white pearls, saving the peach pearls for another project. The strands were strung using beader's secret thread in mist and white. I just received my thread zapper in the mail and can't wait to try it.

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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member
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    Nicely done! What is a thread zapper?

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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    It's a tool that has a heated filament that cuts/melts the synthetic thread so it doesn't fray.

    Thread Zap is one brand but there are others. I got mine at Michael's craft store using one of their ever-available 40% off coupons.
    https://www.michaels.com/the-bead-sm.../10383748.html

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    Very nice pearls. It seems I need a zapper as well.

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    Very pretty! I’ll need to keep knotting pearls forever to get my money’s worth out of all the tools and gadgets I’ve bought. LOl

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Gemandpearlover's Avatar
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    Thank you Bailey, Charlotta and Parrot Lady. . The thread zapper works very well - almost too well. I wanted to clean up the threads on a strand that I made recently. I used the zapper and sliced right through all the thread. Lol.

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    Really pretty ombre strand, Gemandpearlover! I love my thread zapper, too. It makes "cutting" the threads so much easier and neater.

    ETA: Oops! Missed where you cut through all the threads. Yikes! That's definitely not a time saver! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrot Lady View Post
    Very pretty! I’ll need to keep knotting pearls forever to get my money’s worth out of all the tools and gadgets I’ve bought. LOl
    Ah. This is the great Catch-22 that goes along with your rationale, PL: "I need to buy more pearls so I get more use out of these tools n' gadgets". That's the flip side and how my little mind works. LOL!

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    Gemandpearl - Definitely a lesson learned. At 1200 degrees you barely need to touch the thread... takes a very very light handed approach!

    I did the same thing when I first bought one... you seldom do it twice lol

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    I "thread" the Thread Zap wire with the section of thread to be cut off, and angle the rest of the necklace away from it, so that only the part to be cut off is in contact with the wire.


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    Great photo, Pearl Dreams!

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    Thanks, Marianne...that's my daughter's photography!

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    Thread Zapper or Exacto knife, whichever I find first, lol! Great tip & photo, PD!

    Your strands are beautiful nested together, Gemandpearllover!
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    Oh!, that's a great idea, PD! Thanks for sharing!

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