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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    I just posted this photo on Show us Your Pearls in Action, but maybe it belongs here instead, since it's about thread. The photo is huge; I wanted the thread color to be visible.

    I wasn't really happy with the somewhat garish look of Teal thread with my Tahitians, so I decided to restring with Navy. I had previously tried Black and Night but they were a bit too dark.
    As for Navy, I love it! For strands that run medium/dark with more gray/blue than green, it's perfect. I also shortened the larger near-round strand and replaced a few more of the not-as-nice pearls with nicer ones. I am now able to nest these 2 strands. Sometimes I wear the smaller strand as a bracelet.

    It is wonderful to be able to do one's own stringing and I just want to encourage anyone who hasn't tried it to do so. It costs very little-- a bit of thread, a few wire needles and gimp. And it will change your life, really.

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    Pearl Dreams that’s fantastic. I’m glad to hear about the navy thread, the color makes all the difference. And yes, being able to knot your own pearls is life changing. I’m about to restring my ringed Tahitian strand because I’d like to take out a couple of pearls for earrings and see if the shorter length will nest with another strand. I’m not sure when it would get done if I had to send it out to be strung by someone else, not to mention dealing with the cost.

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    Nice nest . I too have been happy with navy and Tahitians!

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    Oh, WOW, PD! And look how the lustrous pearls reflect your sweater! Experimenting with different color thread is great fun! NAVY is a super choice and love the nesting! Thank you for sharing the photo in both places! You are def a pro at tidy knots!!
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    Wowza! I love everything about this look.

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    The layering on the two strands makes for a pretty grand look! I think both colored threads look nice, but the navy is definitely more subtle. But of course, I believe my bluish T strand thread is teal, so I'm a bit biased. lol. And I agree being able to string your own pearls is really a wonderful skill and I also find it a bit therapeutic, but only when I don't have any mistakes.

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    Love it...such great knotting !!!

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    I don't know why I didn't realize this before but here is the best way to hide the tail of the thread when starting the strand. I have edited the early posts in this thread to reflect this new way, and will update with new photos in August (when my daughter will be here to help.)

    Make a loose large knot and string on 4 pearls (not just 3) in reverse order. Use a clip of some sort to leave about 2-3" between the knot and the first pearl strung on. The idea is to keep the first few pearls from falling off the end of the thread, but you want to have a tail long enough that you can grasp easily when you are ready to trim it off.

    After stringing on the gimp and the clasp, back-knot through the first 3 pearls only.

    Put the needle through the 4th pearl but don't make a knot yet.

    Trim off the tail very close to the 4th pearl, being careful not to cut the thread that has the needle attached. The tail will be concealed in the 4th pearl.

    Now make a knot, then add the 5th pearl and carry on with the rest of the necklace.

    This eliminates having an unsightly trimmed knot visible.

    If you have knotted snugly between the end pearls this way you should not need to use glue.
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    Well it sounds like a brilliant plan. I'm about to start knotting a large pearl necklace and am going to try it out !! Thanks you PD !!

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    Glad you like it Katbran! I tested this when restringing my Tahitians with Navy thread and I really like the look better. It's just tidier.

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    Happy you posted this, PD, thank you! At some point I started loading 4 pearls, knotting back through 3 and pulling the tail through the 4th pearl, just like you! If the thread doesn't fit tightly, a tiny dab of glue will help hold it.

    If one has a difficult time getting the needle through the hole, take a fine straight pin and poke it in from either end of the pearl to open up a channel. So far this has saved the day for me multiple times when finishing a strand.
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    Glad for the validation, Pattye! Good idea on the pin as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Glad for the validation, Pattye! Good idea on the pin as well.
    Agree, brilliant!
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