- Sep 6, 2015
Excellent suggestion Cathy!!!
Those are gorgeous pearls! And thanks for the hints on endless stringing...maybe one day I will attempt!Not difficult, really!
What I do (described in post #42) is string on 4 pearls without knotting between them, leaving a 3" tail at the beginning (use a springy bead stopper clip (like this one: http://beadwork.about.com/od/howtos/ss/How-To-Use-A-Bead-Stopper.htm#step2) so you have something to place the first pearl next to while still leaving the tail.) Make a knot after the 4th pearl.
Then string on all the rest of the pearls with a knot in between and after the final pearl.
Then take the needle and put it back through the other end of the first pearl so as to connect the two ends of the necklace. Pull both ends of the thread in opposite directions to snug up the pearls (that's why you needed to leave that 3" tail at the start), and make a knot between pearl 1 and pearl 2.
Note: It helps to lay the necklace down flat when you do this to keep the necklace ends snugged up tight. Otherwise the weight of the pearls and gravity may make the ends loosen up before you can make a tight knot.
Put the needle through pearl 2 and make a knot between pearls 2 and 3, repeat with a knot between pearls 3 and 4. Now all the pearls have knots between them.
To conceal the end of the thread before cutting it off, pass the needle one last time through another pearl, and trim the thread without making another knot. Then trim off the original 3" tail.
Neck shot taken tonight and one in diffuse daylight before restringing: