Classic Knotted Pearl Necklace
Create this beautiful, cultured look with ease.
Designed by Molly Schaller, courtesy of Halcraft.
- Freshwater Pearls, 9x8mm – Natural
- Beadalon® Silk Thread with Needle, No. 4 – White
- Lobster Clasp – Gold
- Jump Ring, 6mm – Gold
- Beadalon® French Wire, ¾" – Gold
- Beadalon® Knotting Tool
- Beadalon® Bead Stringing Glue
Unwind the entire length of silk thread from the card and stretch it to remove the kinks. Make a simple overhand knot at the end of the thread.
Cut the French wire into two 3/8" pieces.
Onto the attached needle, thread three pearls. Slide the pearls toward the knot, leaving an inch or two of space between the knot and the pearls.
String one piece of French wire and slide it toward the pearls. Pass the needle through the loop of the lobster clasp and then back through the last pearl strung so that the French wire makes a horseshoe shape against this pearl and attaches the clasp.
Make an overhand knot with the two ends of the silk that are right next to the pearl.
Pass the needle through the second pearl. Make an overhand knot next to the pearl.
Pass the needle through the third pearl (the first pearl strung). Use the knotting tool as directed in the knotting tool instruction booklet to make a knot next to the pearl.
Spread the two strands of silk and place a drop of jewelry cement between them so that it wicks into the pearl and holds the silk in place. Let this cement dry before cutting the knot end of the silk from necklace.
String 30 more pearls. Make a knot after each one using the knotting tool (see instruction booklet) and sliding the pearls down the silk as you work.
String the final three pearls, the second piece of French wire and the loop of the jump ring.
Pass the needle through the final pearl you strung so that the French wire makes a horseshoe shape against the pearl and attaches the jump ring.
Adjust the pearls so that there is enough space between pearls for a knot. Make an overhand knot after the final pearl.
Pass the needle through the second to last pearl and make another overhand knot.
Pass the needle through the third to last pearl, apply a drop of jewelry cement and let dry before trimming both tails.