Pearls are not only very beautiful, but also very valuable. One of the ways that you can help to protect your pearls is to knot them. Knotting pearls is used to keep the pearls from rubbing against each other, causing damage, as well as to keep the pearls from going every which way should the strand be broken. In addition to serving the aforementioned purposes, knotting looks attractive and can highlight the beauty of your pearls.
The first step to learning how to know pearls is to gather your materials. You will need to have French wire, a strand of pearls, silk thread, and a clasp with which to close the string. You can use nylon thread instead of silk thread if you would like. French wire is usually wound around a card or holder of some sort so you will need a flush cutter or a pair of pliers to remove it and cut the appropriate length that you need.
The second step is to measure and cut the French wire. You will most likely need about 2 cm of wire. French wire is, in all actuality, very tightly coiled wire tube. Through this tube is where you thread the silk thread. It will also be necessary to have a big hold needle to thread your silk thread through the tube. Try to keep the thread equal lengths on the needle. Thread three pearls with the silk thread on your big eye needle. Next you will need to thread your French Wire. The clasp is next, having been slid to the end of the wire. Once this is done you push all the pieces to the end of the wire and make the pearl.
Next you take the needle to the end of the string, out it through on pearl and pull it through. It is best to do this on some sort of matt, such as a beading matt, to keep anything from getting caught on the wire. It is here that you begin to tie the knots. At this point there are three pearls on the string, the clasp sits right above the first pearl, and the silk thread is through the center of the French wire.
At this point, the first pearl is at the end of the French wire and the other two at the end of the thread. Make a simple knot at the short end of the thread. It is best to make this a double knot to make sure this knot sticks as it is the first knot and should be the most secure. You may now push up the second pearl and make another knot. You continue to do this until the entire string of pearls is completed.
Knotting pearls serve the purpose of protecting your pearls, both from rubbing against each other and from losing them if the string should break. By knotting your pearls you create a stronger, more secure piece of jewelry which can display and illuminate your pearls perfectly.