Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210It’s inevitable – any piece of jewelry knotted on a silk or nylon cord will have to be remade as the cord stretches. I love this classic jewelry look, but who likes extra work? You can use today’s tips to help your knotted jewelry last longer!

Hanging pearl knotted jewelry speeds up that natural stretching process of the cord, as the weight of your beads pulls the whole strand downwards. But storing your pearl knotted jewelry flat or in a bag will lengthen the life of the piece, instead of lengthening the cord! I store my knotted jewelry in our fabric gift bags. The drawstrings make it easy to hang these with the rest of my necklaces and I always include a coordinating velvet bag with any knotted jewelry gifts I make!

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Pre-stretching your cord helps your finished piece last longer, but you will eventually need to restring it.  Depending on how much you pre-stretch your cord and how heavy your beads are, it may be several months or several years before it’s time to re-string. You’ll know it’s time when you start seeing extra space between your beads and your knots or if your beads are more mobile on the strand.

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Once you get the hang of it pearl knotting projects move quickly! I like using tweezers when I knot, but you can also use a pearl knotting tool. Next time you need to restring your pearls check out our techniques 
for more tips!

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Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen


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