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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Gemandpearlover's Avatar
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    Very pretty Linda.

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    Love the carved ametrine beads, nicely done, Linda!
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member linda.wald's Avatar
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    Hello! Here's a neck shot, but of my colorful tahitians from Jac:
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    Look at you, Linda! Great luster and all those pretty colors; you'll be wearing this one often! Will you layer with any of the gemstone necklaces or do you feel that would be too much?
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    Those carved ametrines are so lovely, Linda! Pretty Tahitians too
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member linda.wald's Avatar
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    Pattye, I hadn't thought of layering the tahitians with the gemstones. It's an interesting idea, and I'll have to do some experimenting. I have a second very colorful strand, and I planned to hook them together as a rope, but the clasp on the other one broke. My husband thinks he can fix it, whew!

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member linda.wald's Avatar
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    More wire link, this time aquas:
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    I got some nice tahitians from Wen and some keshi from Ehret, and i think I will string them together for my next project.

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    Such a deep blue on these aquas ~ wow! White metal looks super with them!
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    Beautiful Linda. I love the shade of blue of the aquamarines. Looking forward to seeing your next project.

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    Lovely colour !

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    This is not quite complete. For an endless strand like this, I have my husband tie and glue the last 2 knots because his hand eye coordination is much better than mine. We finished this, but it came undone the first time I tried to wear it. It is smallish tahitians from Wen and tahitian keshi from Druzy Design.
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    Linda, I have no luck with endless strands, either. That's why I gravitate to orbit clasps. Not only does it give me something lock on to, but it allows me to easily link any strand to another strand.

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    With endless strands, the way that works for me (so far) is to begin by leaving the first 4-5 pearls (depending on the size of the pearls) unknotted because you are going to finish by making half-hitch knots back through them just as if you are working with a clasp. Make sure (test!! as you do before starting any necklace to make sure you can double back through the hole). Be sure you can get your threaded needle back through the pearls so you can finish with a half hitch knot between each pearl. A touch of glue will insure that the thread stays securely in place. Does this make sense?
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    BWeaves, I see your point. I have orbit clasps on my regular strands. I confess that I wanted to see how an endless strand worked. My husband thinks he has a knot that will work better than the one he did before. He was in the Canadian naval reserve, so presumably he knows! (note: I am not good with knots, lol). Pattye, yes it makes sense, but he says it is very hard to do the half hitch without leaving an ugly space. I dunno, I certainly couldn't do it! Note that in the necklace above, you can see on the right side where I doubled the thread back through the pearl. I'm using normal sized beader's secret, storm, and there is lots of room.

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    How fortunate you have a knot-savvy husband, Linda! There isn't just one way to do this stuff, as I've said many times. Can you run the thread ends back through the next pearl and then trim, instead of cutting right at the knot?

    My "mad knotting skills" go back to the 70's when Macrame was so popular! My attempts at jewelry weren't memorable but do live on, lol. And there seems to be a macrame revival going on now!

    This latest "Linda's Originals" design with the Tahitians/keshis is captivativating and I would be wanting to wear it right away, too!
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