- Jan 2, 2017
Great job Abi!! Wire wrapping isn't easy and it looks great! Beautiful pearls...
Wow, that was fast! It turned out great! Love the neck shot.
I wouldn't even consider tin-cup necklaces for years, because I hated the term "tin-cup." I thought the pearls were mounted in tin cups. Doh!
When I read that they were named after the movie Tin-Cup, and not after some weird construction technique, I was more open to them.
I think the original was spaced on silk thread and not wire wrapped. I remember a lot of floating pearls strung on clear thread way back when. I really prefer the look of the wire wrapped tin-cup necklaces, especially when the chain is a bit more substantial and adds to the design of the necklace.
So...there are several considerations here.
1. With only enough pearls for a partial strand, if you group them all together, there won't be pearls going all the way to the clasp. Something will need to take up the space from the end of the row of pearls on either side to the clasp. You won't want a length of naked thread or beading wire, so what are you thinking of doing?
• Connect the pearls to a length of chain on each side, perhaps?
• Have a row of small stone (or other material) beads the rest of the way to the clasp?
• Drill a larger hole and string the pearls on leather cord, if you like that look.
• Or you could not enlarge the drill hole, string the pearls on thread or beading wire, and connect the thread to the leather cord on either end using special crimp ends made to be used with leather. Like these: https://www.riogrande.com/category/...-jewelry/end-bars-end-caps-and-separator-bars
2. Which stringing material to use for the pearls segment of the necklace.
• Beader's Secret would be good if you don't use gemstone beads as spacers. Stone bead holes have rough edges that could cut through your thread in time.
• Flexible coated beading wire (like Beadalon) is good if you really want to use gemstones as spacers, but then you need to use a different sort of crimp to connect the pearls segment to the chain or leather. While there are some crimp beads that look more attractive than others, I don't really like seeing them in front, personally. Although these might not be so bad: scrimps crimp beads
• If you decide to have stone/other beads on either end of the pearls up to to the clasp, beading wire could work and the crimps would be in the back where they would not be seen.
3. knots vs. bumpers vs. stone, metal or glass spacers
• Knots lend flexibility, won't scratch your pearls and will keep them from being lost if the thread should break someday. For knots you would need to use thread.
• Silicone bumpers work fine with either thread or beading wire. They come in black, gold, white. They may help pearls not to get lost if the thread breaks.
• Gemstones as spacers may scratch your pearls over time, but less likely if the fit is snug and the beads are small. But I wouldn't use stones with thread, as explained above. Beading wire won't break so there is no fear of losing the pearls.
• Gold/gold filled/silver rondelle spacers or round bead spacers are less scratchy on pearls, and could be used with Beaders Secret, but if the thread breaks, this sort of spacer won't protect the pearls from getting lost/scattering. Also, metal is still harder than nacre, and if it tarnishes may leave residue on the pearls. Not a problem with the dark pearls but maybe with the GSS.
All of that said, the risk of thread breakage is not high. I've never had thread break in use.
And beading wire may erode the drill holes' edges a little over time. I have not had this happen yet, though.
Make a sketch of what you would like the necklace to look like when done. It may help you figure out what to do with it.