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Graceful Graduation
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Graceful Graduation

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Pearls symbolize beauty, transformation and wisdom. Whatever next step your little girl takes in her life, show her how much she is revered with this graduated pearl necklace. It's a special gift she will cherish for years to come.

  • BrandGriffin, Swarovski, Beadalon
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How to Knot Pearls with a Clasp
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How to Knot Pearls with a Clasp

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Learn how to add a clasp to knotted pearl designs for a polished and professional design full of style. Knotting between pearls is a popular way to secure strands and incorporating the right clasp will add even more security. With this tutorial, you'll discover how to add a clasp in a seamless manner.

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How to Use French Wire
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How to Use French Wire

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French wire is a fine coiled wire. It is intended to protect stringing thread from wear around the clasp. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to use French wire in your designs and will even give you ideas for using French Wire in other ways.

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Using a Bead Reamer
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Using a Bead Reamer

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The sharp edges or stringers around the holes of the beads are a normal result of the Venetian glass bead making process. Fine pieces of the glass remain on the mandrel that the bead maker uses to form the bead. They are not a defect or an imperfection, rather a sign that your bead is handmade. Learn how to file down the sharp edges with a bead reamer to help prevent the beads from cutting your stringing material and allow them to sit flush to each other. This technique also works for enlarging bead holes to allow for thicker stringing material or multiple passes of stringing material at the end of a piece.

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How to Knot Pearls
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How to Knot Pearls

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Knotting is traditionally used to protect pearls from rubbing against each other and to keep them from flying everywhere if the strand breaks. It also makes for an interesting design element. Knotting can be done with almost any type of bead in a thread that matches the color of your beads, or a contrasting color.

You will need a stringing material, tweezers, and pearls. We recommend that you start with a practice project that won't cost much if you make a mistake. Learn an easy way to begin and finish your strand with a bead tip by visiting our tutorial about how to use a closed-loop bead tip. You can also learn the traditional way of knotting with a clasp by visiting this tutorial.

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