Hand-knotting with thread places evenly sized knots in between each pearl or bead in your design. The technique outlined is done by forming the knot with your hands then finishing it neatly using a pair of finely pointed tweezers. It assumes a silk thread needle is already made, and French wire and the first half of the clasp are already in place.
Tighten the loose knot slightly and then pass the strand to the dominant hand.
Notice that the threads are even so that as you prepare to tighten the knot, the threads will feed evenly.
Gently separate the threads, pulling the new knot tightly against the bead.
Repeat Steps 1 - 5 to continue placing knots between the pearls.
Ideally, there should be no play between two knots. The tweezers method can achieve that nicely with a little practice.
Do not make a knot in between the last two beads you string on.
Pass the silk thread needle back through the last bead. Gently pull the thread through and ease the French wire and clasp up against the last bead.
Form a knot between the two last beads.
After a short drying time (few minutes), use a fine pointed scissor to trim the excess threads close to the knot. Use an awl to tamp the thread ends as close to the knot as possible. Let dry thoroughly.
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