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Q.
How do I string pearls with silk thread, what size thread do I use and how do I attach a clasp? Also, what type of finding should be used? Thank you.
- Melody
A.
Pearls typically have small drill holes that vary with the size of the pearl. Hole sizes generally range from 0.50mm to 0.75mm. Tip: If needed, pearl reamers can be used to increase the hole size and/or smooth the pearl holes. Lightweight thread and either a beading needle or Wide Eye™ beading needle are recommended for designs using freshwater pearls. Size C, D, E, Purely Silk™ 100% silk thread or size 10 or 12 in natural silk thread, are good choices. Purely Silk thread is durable enough to withstand the abrasion of pearls while remaining smooth with a soft sheen. You also have the option of creating a needle out of your thread using the step-by-step instructions listed in the resources below. Bead tips and French wirework well for terminating your thread and are great findings for attaching a clasp. If you are knotting between your pearls, we offer knotting tools including the easyknotter® and the The Bead Knotter™ with how-to videos available for both.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert

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