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Knotted Pearl Necklace

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Knotted Pearl Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

This necklace is an elegant update on a classic look. Pearls have traditionally been knotted when strung on silk or other stringing materials. This is to prevent the pearls from rolling away should the strand break. With the newer, imitation pearls, you don't run the financial risk of the potential loss, but it still adds a touch of authenticity if you knot the strand as you string it.

Step one: If you are not familiar with how to knot pearls, please review the Handy Tip in our Learning Center called How to Knot. You may want to practice with some sample beads to become comfortable with the procedure before beginning with your Swarovski pearls. Start by stringing your beadtip as instructed in the Handy Tip. Next, string a 5mm white pearl, pull it tight against the beadtip and knot it. Repeat until you have 15 of the 5mm white pearls, knotting between each as you go.

Step two: After you have the first 15 pearls, begin graduating sizes and alternating colors. The pattern is as follows: 7mm light grey pearl, 8mm white pearl, 8mm light grey pearl, 8mm white pearl, 9mm light grey pearl, 9mm white pearl, 9mm light grey pearl, 9mm white pearl, 10mm light grey pearl and finally the 12mm white pearl.

Step three: Reverse the pattern and work back to the other end of your strand. When you have strung the last light grey pearl, add the remaining 15 5mm white pearls, of course continuing to knot between each as you go. Do not knot after the last pearl.

Step four: Pass your needle through the hole of your beadtip from the end where the joint is toward the inside. Make a surgeon's knot, holding your tweezers as far down in the clamshell as possible, and carefully tighten it. Do not let go until the knot is in a satisfactory position and very secure. Once you have secured the knot, trim the excess cord on both ends of the necklace, place a drop of GS-Hypo glue on each knot and pinch the beadtips closed.

Step five: Attach a jump ring to each loop of your toggle clasp and close the rings. Attach the beadtips to the jump rings by wrapping the ends of the bead tips through the jump rings using your round nose pliers until the metal makes a loop to touch the beadtip again. For help with jump rings, click here.
Approximate size: 17¾ inches

Tools Used:
Knotting tweezers (TOOL-112)
Micro snips (TOOL-111)
GS-HYPO cement (GS-HYPO)
Ergonomic round nose pliers (TOOL-127)
Ergonomic bent chain nose pliers (for jump rings) (TOOL-129)
Griffin bead cord No. 6 white (GSILK6WH)
List of Components:
5mm Swarovski pearl white (5810-WHITE5, qty 30)
8mm Swarovski pearl white (5810-WHITE8, qty 4)
9mm Swarovski pearl white (5810-WHITE9, qty 4)
12mm Swarovski pearl white (5810-WHITE12, qty 1)
7mm Swarovski pearl light grey (5810-LTGRY7, qty 2)
8mm Swarovski pearl light grey (5810-LTGRY8, qty 2)
9mm Swarovski pearl light grey (5810-LTGRY9, qty 4)
10mm Swarovski pearl light grey (5810-LTGRY10, qty 2)
Clamshell bead tip (SS-BDTIP2, qty 2)
Round toggle clasp with flower (SS-TOG45, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (SS-OJR35-E, qty 2)

Alternate Components:
Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Cream (5810-CRM4)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Powder Rose (5810-PRO6)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Black (5810-BLK6)
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Bordeaux (5810-BXP8)
Swarovski 5810 3mm Round Pearl Night Blue (5810-NBLU3)
Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Powder Green (5810-PGN4)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Pearl Bright Gold (5810-BGOLD6)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Dark Purple (5810-DPUR6)
JBB Sterling Silver Large Heart Toggle Clasp (ISCL-0064)
Sterling Silver 15mm Wrapped Toggle Clasp (SS-TOG12)


Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl White
Swarovski 5810 5mm Round Pearl White
Code: 5810-WHITE5
Length 5mm, Width 5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.11 $0.09$0.10 $0.09$0.09 $0.08
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl White
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl White
Code: 5810-WHITE8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.22 $0.19$0.20 $0.18$0.18 $0.16
Qty>
5810 9mm Round Pearl White
5810 9mm Round Pearl White
Code: 5810-WHITE9
Length 9mm, Width 9mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.24$0.21$0.19
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 12mm Round Pearl White
Swarovski 5810 12mm Round Pearl White
Code: 5810-WHITE12
Length 12mm, Width 12mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.72 $0.64$0.64 $0.57$0.58 $0.52
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 7mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Swarovski 5810 7mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Code: 5810-LTGRY7
Length 7mm, Width 7mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.15$0.13$0.12
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Code: 5810-LTGRY8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.22 $0.19$0.20 $0.18$0.18 $0.16
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 9mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Swarovski 5810 9mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Code: 5810-LTGRY9
Length 9mm, Width 9mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.30$0.27$0.24
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 10mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Swarovski 5810 10mm Round Pearl Light Grey
Code: 5810-LTGRY10
Length 10mm, Width 10mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.40 $0.36$0.36 $0.32$0.32 $0.28
Qty>
Sterling Silver Clam Shell Bead Tip (Calotte)
Sterling Silver Clam Shell Bead Tip (Calotte)
Code: SS-BDTIP2
Length 7mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.56 $0.50$0.50 $0.45$0.45 $0.40
Qty>
Sterling Silver 16mm Round with Flower Toggle Clasp
Sterling Silver 16mm Round with Flower Toggle Clasp
Code: SS-TOG45
Hoop 16mm, Bar 27mm 
1-23-56+
$11.99 $9.11$10.67 $8.10$9.67 $7.34
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .240 inches (0.90 x 6.10mm)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .240 inches (0.90 x 6.10mm)
Code: SS-OJR35-E
Diameter 6.1mm, 19 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.43 $0.38$0.39 $0.35$0.35 $0.31
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Cream
Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Cream
Code: 5810-CRM4
Length 4mm, Width 4mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.10 $0.09$0.09 $0.08$0.08 $0.07
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Powder Rose
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Powder Rose
Code: 5810-PRO6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.14 $0.12$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Black
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Black
Code: 5810-BLK6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.14 $0.12$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Bordeaux
Swarovski 5810 8mm Round Pearl Bordeaux
Code: 5810-BXP8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.22 $0.18$0.20 $0.17$0.18 $0.15
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 3mm Round Pearl Night Blue
Swarovski 5810 3mm Round Pearl Night Blue
Code: 5810-NBLU3
Length 3mm, Width 3mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.09 $0.08$0.08 $0.07$0.07 $0.06
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Powder Green
Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Powder Green
Code: 5810-PGN4
Length 4mm, Width 4mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.10 $0.09$0.09 $0.08$0.08 $0.07
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Pearl Bright Gold
Swarovski 5810 6mm Pearl Bright Gold
Code: 5810-BGOLD6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.14 $0.12$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Dark Purple
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Pearl Dark Purple
Code: 5810-DPUR6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.14 $0.12$0.12 $0.10$0.11 $0.09
Qty>
JBB Sterling Silver Large Heart Toggle Clasp
JBB Sterling Silver Large Heart Toggle Clasp
Code: ISCL-0064
Loop 33.5x25mm, Bar 42mm 
1-23-56+
$28.99 $25.51$26.99 $23.75$23.99 $21.11
Qty>
Sterling Silver 15mm Wrapped Toggle Clasp
Sterling Silver 15mm Wrapped Toggle Clasp
Code: SS-TOG12
Loop 15mm, Bar 21mm 
1-23-56+
$8.99 $7.55$8.09 $6.79$7.29 $6.12
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Knotting Tweezers
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Sale Price: $3.85
Price: $4.28
Qty>
Micro Snips
Micro Snips
Code: TOOL-111
Sale Price: $2.43
Price: $3.34
Qty>
Ergonomic Round Nose Pliers
Ergonomic Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-127
6 inches 
Sale Price: $6.83
Price: $7.59
Qty>
Ergonomic Bent Chain Nose Pliers with Groove
Ergonomic Bent Chain Nose Pliers with Groove
Code: TOOL-129
6 inches 
Sale Price: $7.20
Price: $8.19
Qty>
GS Hypo Cement
GS Hypo Cement
Code: GS-HYPO
1/3 fl oz 
Sale Price: $4.49
Price: $4.99
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 6 (0.70mm) White
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 6 (0.70mm) White
Code: GSILK6WH
Diameter .7mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.59 $1.43$1.49 $1.34$1.39 $1.25
Qty>



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