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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    It looks fabulous! And yes, the necklace will smooth out over time as gravity does its work while you wear it.

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    Gail, your necklace looks just amazing, awesome knotting and problem-solving an advanced stringing project!! The crinkly effect will likely lessen over time as the strand relaxes and the knots tighten a tiny bit. The irregular shape of the pearls and how centered the drill holes make a difference also, but when worn isn't noticeable.

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    Well done, the necklace looks beautiful.

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    Gail5, I am stunned by both the beauty of your new necklace, and the fabulous job you did in restoring it to perfection ... truly a masterful job!!! Congratulations and wear it in good health and joy It was a privilege to see it's journey.
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    Congratulations on creating a lovely new treasure! Not easy to knot a 3 strander and get it to lay so perfectly.

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    Thanks to everyone for all the kind compliments. The necklace is already smoothing out quite a bit. Considering that this is only the second necklace I have restrung, I think it came out pretty well, although certainly someone more experienced could have done it much better. One thing I was not sure about was how much pressure to apply while pulling the thread to knot the pearls. I used the method with tweezers in which the thread is pulled through the tweezers and the knot brought close the pearl in the last stage of the knot formation. I noticed if I pulled very firmly, the knotted pearl strand became crinkly. On the other hand, if I did not pull very firmly, a little play remained around the knotted pearl. I guess there is a sweet spot in which there is no play but the knotted pearls still lie straight. I wasn't able to find this spot, especially with the little pearls on the ends. It might also be that the thread I chose was a little too thick. I chose the thickest thread so that the knots would be bigger and the strand would not come out too short. But maybe it would have been better to have used a little thinner thread and added a few more gold beads. I will try that next time!

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    Just love your special pearls and congratulations on your re-stringing.
    Thank you for sharing the journey and enjoy every minute of wearing this prize piece.
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    It looks beautiful! Well done on such a complicated task, and thanks for sharing the process with us.

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    Congratulations Gail

    You have worked on the holy grail of stringing, natural pearls, and you had to re-balance a triple strand at that...

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