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    I wondered if anyone knows how to find the right type of thread to string pearls?

    The thread I've got seems to be too thin, so when I knot it between pearls, the knots go straight through the holes of the pearl, which kind of defeats the purpose!

    Should I just experiment and buy some different thickness of threads, or is there an easier way to tell first?

    thanks!
    Sarah x

  • #2
    Hi Silver Butterfly

    Sorry to jump on your thread but I'd really like to know this aswell so hopefully we can bump it back to the top.

    I love making pearl necklaces but I use beadalon wire and crimp each end so if it does ever break hopefully the pearls won't spill everywhere.

    I have seen pearl necklaces which uses the knotting design and they look really nice.

    Hopefully someone on here will know
    www.sparklehandmadejewellery.co.uk

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    • #3
      I'm no expert but just done a quick google and everyone seems to use pure silk thread which comes in several sizes. Obviously the smaller the pearl, the smaller the thread.

      I just treat myself to a pearl knotting tool with the intention of learning how to use it although my OH says you can also knot without one, just using a needle. He should understand my love of tools what with him being a man and all! Its different when he wants a new toy that just gets thrown in the garage with all his other stuff.
      Last edited by auntynet; 09-06-2008, 05:18 PM.
      Auntynet

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      • #4
        Beadalon

        Beadalon sell beading silk especially for stringing pearls it comes in different thicknesses colours and with a wire end to make threading easier. However knotting is tricky to get even and takes a long time, so, unless especially requested not to, I prefer to use beadalon 49 strand wire 019 thickness which drapes well. For a knotted look, if you want that, you can get special spacer beads, I think they are called bumpers but I have only read about them so don't know if they are any good.
        Chris W.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chris W View Post
          For a knotted look, if you want that, you can get special spacer beads, I think they are called bumpers but I have only read about them so don't know if they are any good.
          Beadalon make the Bead Bumpers. Did a quick search and found Bead Addict sells them.
          Auntynet

          Step-daughter's website selling hand dyed sock yarns www.knotanotherknitter.com




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          • #6
            Hi,
            When I do anything with pearls I use 26 gauge wire or the same size head pins. Actually I never use different wire to attach the pearls.
            Hope this info will help you
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            www.makateria.blogspot.com

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            www.makateria.etsy.com


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            • #7
              Forgot to add in my last post...I really like your jewelry

              Kasia
              My blog :
              www.makateria.blogspot.com

              My shop :
              www.makateria.etsy.com


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              • #8
                i got some from cooksons, i'm realy impressed with it. but im no expert. it was £1.70ish but i dont know if thats cheap or not.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the suggestions, I may use some beadalon wire and see how I get on with that first.

                  Have also been trying to use some French (gimp) wire on the ends of wire, but am making a complete hash of it!

                  Think I might order some silk thread too, just in case I need it )

                  Thanks for the lovely comments Kasia!
                  Sarah x

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                  • #10
                    I'm so glad you admitted to struggling with gimp (hehehe . . . . its a great word isn't it ) I too am struggling so I'm glad I'm not the only one - not that I want you to struggle. . . . ok, maybe its time to put my shovel down before I bury myself!

                    I've seen it on other people's work and I think it really gives a professional looking finish but how hard is it to use?????? Stilll- I'm a typical capricorn and once I set myself a challenge I don't surrender - I just keep going until I conquer so I'll keep at it until I master it. If anyone has any tips they'd be gratefully received.
                    Last edited by auntynet; 15-06-2008, 01:58 AM.
                    Auntynet

                    Step-daughter's website selling hand dyed sock yarns www.knotanotherknitter.com




                    ~ * ~ * ~ Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most! ~ * ~ * ~

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                    • #11
                      Instead of the old gimp struggle, have you tried using Wire Guardians?

                      They are a horseshoe shape and you string on the wire guardian to protect your thread the same way you would use French Wire(gimp) or bullion; the only difference being that the Wire Guardian is stiff.

                      Jules and Becky have found them very useful for when they use Beadalon and for Silk.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the tip about wire guardians. Will certainly look into them.
                        Auntynet

                        Step-daughter's website selling hand dyed sock yarns www.knotanotherknitter.com




                        ~ * ~ * ~ Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most! ~ * ~ * ~

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                        • #13
                          ok, have bought some wire guardians.
                          Not got round to using them yet, but shall report back as soon as I have

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