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    I find such small pearls to be so difficult ! I try to avoid anything under 5mm lol I'd use wire as well or even string with a small bumper instead of a knot every 10 pearls or so.... I've never used anything that small except gemstones and I use wire for them .

    That said , it's a lovely lovely necklace !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrot Lady View Post
    CBPearllover, I used #40 Beader's Secret and it was tight. Although the doubled thread went theough the pearls easily, beginning and ending the strand where the thread was quadrupled was no fun at all. I had to spend a lot of time with a pearl reamer trying to enlarge the holes and even then it was tricky. (Not to mention I reamed my finger numerous times.). I think I'd use wire for 3-3.5 pearls.
    Oh wow, yeah that does not sound like fun. I've never used beading wire, but I've been needing an excuse to try. I know it's necessary to ream out pearls sometimes, but I've only done larger ones. And those reamers are so sharp WHOA Good information, thanks for the heads-up.

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    Such a beautiful combo Parrot Lady. You did a great job on the stringing. Not sure I want to string anything that tiny, but I may have to soon. I just love tiny pearls!

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    Stringing tiny pearls can be a challenge. Last summer I redesigned a 9 row pearl choker into a bracelet (9 rows on each side of a platinum and diamond centerpiece). I ended up using Beader's Secret #40 and removing one strand from the 3 ply. The pearls were super small, all under 3.0mm.
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    JerseyPearl, please add that tip/trick to the stringing tutorial thread sometime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    JerseyPearl, please add that tip/trick to the stringing tutorial thread sometime!
    I second this request, pretty please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    JerseyPearl, please add that tip/trick to the stringing tutorial thread sometime!
    If I can remember to do it! It was a life saver...otherwise I would have had to use silk thread (which comes in super tiny diameter). I don't mind silk per se, but I have a very strong preference for using Beader's Secret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyPearl View Post
    If I can remember to do it! It was a life saver...otherwise I would have had to use silk thread (which comes in super tiny diameter). I don't mind silk per se, but I have a very strong preference for using Beader's Secret.
    Wow, I can't even imagine the drill hole size, so small! A useful tip for sure, with the other knotters, looking forward to your technique.
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    This necklace is a work in progress. I keep adding pearls I like and removing ones I don't. Yesterday I re-strung the necklace adding a pewter raven accent piece.

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    Just an FYI, while she was in HK Katbran took a photo of an amazing strand of gem quality cultured freshwater pearls that's up on her Instagram. While they aren't technically hers (she didn't purchase them), they are amazing and worth a look see!
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    my first purchase from etsy..
    i really like the color of some of the pearls.. but it feels too heavy on my neck (60cm),.,..
    thought it would be delivered within a week as I live just next to china..but i had to wait 3weeks..


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    Seoulite: Maybe you can re-string it so it'll be lighter and keeping only your favorite pearls on it . Which vendor did you get it from?
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