Topics: Knotted Gemstone Necklace

Q.
I would like to knot some gemstone beads. Is a bead tip sturdy enough to hold the heavier gemstone rounds and nuggets? What are the options for attaching a clasp if a bead tip is not used? Can a knotted strand be attached to chain?
- Valerie
A.
Knotting a gemstone necklace is the same process as knotting a pearl necklace, so you have a lot of choices. And attaching a length of knotted gemstones to a length of chain is definitely an option.
  • If you want to knot a continuous (or endless) necklace, you can view the ''Endless Necklace'' illustrated instructions which will help you through the process. Don't forget to add a drop of glue to secure your knots when you finish!
  • If you want to use a clasp in your knotted necklace, the handy Bead Knotter™ or the ''Japanese Bead Knotting'' technique are great places to start. They will guide you through the process of attaching the thread directly to the clasp or to jumprings.
  • If you want to protect the thread from direct contact with the clasp or chain ends, I recommend using French wire or bullion and finishing with a knot. Or you can knot the ends and slip them inside regular bead tips or designer Hot Tips® and attach them to the length of chain with heavy-gauge jumprings.
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