Tools and Materials
Silk beading cord with beading needle
- Start with a silk cord in a similar color to that of the pearls.
- Unravel the cord to twice the desired length, and tie an overhand knot at the end.
- Place a tiny pearl on the string to reinforce the closure. Follow with a large pearl (it will become one end of the clasp).
- Follow the lettered illustrations below to create a knot in between each pearl.
- Continue this pattern, adding pearls and knotting between each one until the strand reaches the desired length.
- To make the knotted loop closure to fasten the necklace, draw the pearl strand over itself (see top of photo, left), creating a loop just big enough to allow the large pearl to pass through, but not so small (or so large) that the bead will slip out.
- Create the final knot at the junction where the string crosses over the strand. This knot will sit on top of one of the previous knots made between the beads.
- For extra security, make an additional knot, and place a drop of beading glue over top of the knot.
- Trim the end.
#4 natural silk beading cord and needle, in Gray, $2.50 for 2 m., firemountaingems.com