How To Knot Pearls
Properly knotting your pearls will protect them from rubbing against each other and being damaged during normal wear. In this video, Vannetta Seecharran will teach you this important jewelry-making technique.
In this video, I am going to show you how to knot pearls. One of the main reasons why you knot pearls is to protect the pearls from each other so that they are not rubbing against each other and also if your string of pearls break, it will save the entire string, as you may lose only one or two pearls. You need a string of pearls, you need french wire (which you can purchase in any jewelry shop or beading shop), you need a clasp, you need silk thread, you can also use nylon thread.
It is normally purchased and wrapped around one of these cards, you will need something like a flush cutter or a pair of pliers to cut your french wire, and you might need a ruler to measure the length of french wire you need. The first step is measure your french wire. I'm going to cut 2 cm of this wire.
French wire is actually very, very tightly coiled tube, so in the middle, there is a hole. And to start with, I take my silk thread. With this silk thread or any pearl knotting thread, you will have a needle attached.
This is called a big eye needle. If you don't, if you cannot find the thread with the needle, you can buy the needle separately. It is a very long thread but I would recommend keeping the length of the thread even though it is a little bit difficult to start with.
You thread 3 pearls through your big eye needle which is a very tightly coiled steel needle. And you take those pearls to the end of your thread. The next step is you thread in your french wire.
The french wire is really just to make the end of your necklace tidy. So, the french wire sitting on the needle, you now thread in your clasp. Now, you push all of those pieces to make the pearl.
You take the end, you take your needle and you go over all of these, you skip all of these and go straight into the pearl, just into one pearl, and you pull that length through. You want to ensure that when you're doing this, it's best to do it on a beading mat like this, and you don't have many things in your table to get caught in the wire. Now, you begin to knot.
Okay, now, I've threaded three beads onto my silk cord, my silk thread, and I've pulled it tight so that I have my clasp just above the pearl, the first pearl. So, the french wire, the purpose of the french wire is to tidy the end. The wire, the silk thread, is inside, has been threaded inside the french wire.
So, my one bead is very close to the french wire and the two other beads are sitting on the length of the silk thread. And the shorter end, so I do a simple knot. Now, this knot just goes over the thread and under, and you pull tight.
As it's my first knot, I'm going to do two. Now, I'm going to leave this length as you can cut this very close to the pearl and put a little bit of fabric glue, like PVA fabric glue, to secure it on the knot to ensure that it doesn't come undone. Now, I'm going to begin knotting.
Push the second bead up, close to meet the first one, now, I do another knot. Now, this knot, I make a loop, and I'm going to pass this length, this bead is still attached, I am going to pass this length of thread through this loop here and I'm going to use the needle to get the knot as close as possible to the bead. Now, I keep the knot loose and put the needle, keep it loose, put the needle and guide it so it goes right up against the pearl.
I'm going to use my finger to push. You repeat this process until you've knotted the entire length of pearls. And that's how you knot pearls. .