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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pareltje's Avatar
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    Those are stunning Rikis, Katbran. What a lucky customer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyPearl View Post
    You can also use a variety of different knots to take up space so the knots don't end up in larger drill holes. Sometimes this is necessary if you are stringing different sizes of pearls together.
    I'd love to hear more about different knots!
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    I have also used a small silicone bumper to take up space in a cratered hole before making a knot.

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    PD that's a great idea !!

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    A size 15 Japanese seed bead can also be useful to fill an unwanted large gage hole. Japanese made seed beads have holes large enough to accommodate 2 strands of #30 Beader's Secret and small enough to agree with an overhand knot

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    That is useful to know, Marianne!

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    Fantastic and innovative ideas, PD and Marianne - thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSC View Post
    I'd love to hear more about different knots!
    Here's a great place to start: https://www.pinterest.com/bonniebsbl...nishing-knots/
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyPearl View Post
    This is awesome, thank you Jersey!
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    sooooo many knots !!!! Thanks JP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    Those are stunning Rikis, Katbran. What a lucky customer!

    Thank you Pareltje - I was hoping the knots would show up - that Forest Green blends so well.. I'm getting more when I order the Navy. !

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    Thanks to Pearl Dreams, Lloyd, and Caitlin for all your instruction and Pattye for your wonderful starter kit. I fulfilled a dream of learning how to string (restring in this case) and feel like I have accomplished even more than getting my Pearl Specialist certification. The photo is a friend's strand that was at least 50 years old and had NEVER been restrung. What a mess! Pearls are about 6-6.5 mm. Don't know whether they are akoyas or FW but not really that good (many with visible surface blemishes), round/near round. Nice 14K gold clasp though. I restrung them once but because of all the fumbling trying to get my fingers trained and getting the first string almost as dirty as the string I removed and all my other mistakes, I restrung them a second time. It is not as perfect as anything you would do but it will do for my first effort and certainly for these pearls. BTW, I think I've read virtually every post on this thread!!! Lots of great tips and ideas here.Name:  First Pearl Stringinge.jpg
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    Great job sobellejanet! Now you have a skill you can use over and over. It is an accomplishment.

    And I'm impressed you read the whole thread. It has gotten to be rather long.

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    Well done, Janet! The necklace looks great and your friend must be delighted! What's next? LOL (I'm restringing a necklace for the 4th time!)
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    Good job, Janet! If they are 50 year's old and round and 6 - 6.5 mm, they are probably akoyas.

    I always end up restringing each necklace at least 3 times in a row. The first time, it's too tight, or I break the thread or miscalculate the length. The second time, something else happens that I don't like. Third time's the charm. By the third time, I finally have the right tension throughout the entire strand.

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