Jewelry- Restringing A Pearl Necklace
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Jewelry- Restringing A Pearl Necklace

Restringing a pearl necklace to ensure that there are not weak spots, and you don't lose your valuable pearls.

Restringing A Pearl Necklace - Any string of beads or pearls should be checked for weak spots from time to time. If you find one weak spot, there are probably others, and the entire necklace should be restrung. A broken string of beads should also be entirely restrung on a new cord. It is always wiser to restring on new cord than to try to repair the old cord with knots and splices.

Craft shops carry beading cord in varying thickness with a beading needle attached. You can also buy packets of individual beading needles (fine steel wire with an eye). If the smallest bead will accommodate it, a darning needle and nylon thread can be used.

Material - Beading cord or nylon thread.

Tools - Beading needle and darning needle or two darning needles, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers.

Make a trough for beads by folding a sheet of bond paper into an M-shape. Fold each end, to prevent the beads from falling out. Place beads in trough in the same order as on old cord.

  1. Thread the needle. If a beading needle is used and its eye is too small for the cord to pass through, force one jaw of round-nose pliers through the eye until it is large enough to take the cord.
  2. After threading needle, make a knot in the cord, leaving at least 1 1/2" at the end. Thread the first bead and slide it along the cord to the knot. The bead should lie tightly against the knot.
  3. Make a loose loop in the cord. Insert your little finger through the loop and guide it down the cord toward bead. Be careful not to let the loop tighten into a knot before it reaches the bead.
  4. When the loop is almost to the bead, slip your little finger out of the loop and insert the darning needle. Pull cord tight, pushing knot firmly against the bead. Remove the needle.
  5. Hold the cord in your fingers. Grasp it close to the knot with chain-nose pliers and push knot gently but firmly against the bead to tighten securely. Thread the next bead and repeat the procedure.
  6. Continue stringing one bead at a time, knotting between beads. Make sure each knot is tight against the adjacent bead before threading the next bead. When restringing is complete, attach the clasp.

Attaching a Clasp - Be sure that your old clasp is in good working order before reattaching it.

Materials - Epoxy cement, water-base glue

Tools - Wire clippers, or scissors, darning needle, chain-nose pliers

  1. Slip the end of the cord through the link on the clasp. Knot link tightly against the last knot in the string. Clip off excess cord, leaving length equal to the last bead plus the two knots.
  2. Stiffen end of cord by applying a water-base glue. When dry, grasp cord end in pliers and push it into the hole in the last bead until only the knot shows. Secure not with epoxy compound.

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