French wire, also known as bullion and gimp, is a terrific alternative to beadtips. Use it to professionally finish knotted freshwater pearl and bead projects. To use it, leave your last few beads unknotted. Cut about a ??-inch of french wire, and pass your thread through it pass the thread back through the beads and knot between them. The french wire protects your cord from abrasion with your findings and looks great!