The Endless Strand of Summer

Yummo! Chocolate Pearls combine two of my favorite guilty pleasures and in this week's Facebook Live, Wyatt demonstrated how to create an endless strand of knotted pearls with some beautiful ones. What a perfect, fashionable, goes with anything project. He hasn't done this technique in a while, but he definitely hasn't lost his touch - it's just like riding a bicycle!


Materials:
Two strands of pearls
Carded Silk Cord to fit the holes of the pearls
Beadalon Bead Stringing Glue

Tools:
Beadalon Knotter Tool
Battery Operated Bead Reamer

Instructions:
1. Pre-stretch the Silk Cord.
2. Ream out 8 of the Pearls so that a double strand of the Silk will fit through. Be sure to ream under water and ream one side, then the other. Watch this YouTube Video if you need a reaming reminder.
3. Tie a triple knot in the end of the Silk Cord. String the 8 reamed out pearls onto the Silk, then the remaining pearls. Wyatt used two strands for his necklace.
4. Tie an overhand knot about 6 inches from the reamed out pearls, (don't knot these ones yet). Start knotting between the rest of the pearls using the the Beadalon Knotter Tool, the Knot-a-Bead, or the knotting technique of your choice. There are some great YouTube videos on how to knot up a strand of pearls if you need a refresher.
5. Bring the end of the strand with the needle back around and thread through the first reamed pearl on the strand. Pull the Silk Cord through the pearl to take up the slack.
6. Now, you will have to judge how much extra Silk you need to leave for each of the knots. Use the tip of the knotter tool to judge how much space you'll need to leave in between.
7. Knot between the first and second pearl taking care not to pull out the slack that you put in for the next pearls.
8. Go through the next pearl, and knot in between it and the next one. Continue going through the next pearl and knotting in between until you reach the last of the un-knotted pearls.You'll be doing 7 additional knots in total.
9. After your last knot, string through the next bead to hold the thread in place. Use some glue like Beadalon Bead Stringing Glue, and glue the Silk right where it is coming out of the last bead. Try not to get any glue on the knot. Then, go back and glue the tail down in the beginning of the knotted strand.
10. Wait about 30 minutes for the glue to dry, then snip off the excess Silk.

To make a matching pair of earrings, thread three beads onto a Headpin with Bead Bumpers in between to match the knots on the necklace. Make a simple loop on the top and attach to an earwire of your choice.

Knotting beads is a great technique to use because if the necklace breaks for any reason, you'll only lose at the most one bead at the break. Making an endless knotted strand is an easy project once you get the hang of it. With only a few tools, you can make an heirloom piece that you'll enjoy for years to come.

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Happy beading,
Meredith


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