02 June 2014
Most people prefer a specialist to re-thread their pearls. Without coordination it cannot be done. Many professionals offer their experience through pearl re-threading. The process is very much like having a unique piece designed.
There are more than one type of “threading” to be considered from knotted threading to wire to not to mention the pearl types from South Sea to Fresh Water pearls.
A qualified professional can secure your pearls through re-threading flawlessly. Maybe the whole strand is broken, or maybe you need an alteration on an existing strand. Whatever the case, re-threading is going to be the method utilized to get your pearls perfectly fitted and re-secured. It is definitely a labor of love. No doubt a great deal of patience and precision is involved.
If you think you have what it takes to re-thread your own pearls then you can give it a shot. In many places there are classes that you can take before you go all out with the project, and there is a wealth of information about re-threading pearls online.
The basics are fairly simple in concept, but again, the act will take both patience and diligence. Cut a piece of thread that is three times longer than what you want the final product to be. You will also want to cut an additional piece for you to practice your know tying skills.
When it comes to know tying you must make sure that they are appropriately places, and that is not as easy as it sounds. The knot must lie next to the pearl. For strands done without knotting using something akin to thin soft-flex wire that has a nylon coating is sufficient. You do not want to use something that will damage your precious pearls.
A hint about Soft-flex is that these are tough to kink, they can be knotted and they are equally as soft and nonabrasive as a natural string would be.
Moving on, you will take the long piece that you’ve cut and knot the end you’ve threaded. Yes, a needle will be involved. So, make sure that you have watched tutorials and read up on the process of bringing the pearls through the loop. If there is knotting it will be done as you place each pearl. Graduated pearls will require a bead board, but a soft towel will also be fine. The point is preventing them from moving as you string them. Remember, make those knots secure!
When you get to the last bead be sure that you tie the knot well. You will then go into the clamp anchoring. You do not want to use the same knot for both. The clamp will have its own knot, and the two will be sewn together. This should be reinforced and very secure. If you have decided to re-thread your pearls yourself, having the piece inspected by a jeweler as soon as possible is generally a good idea. This is especially true if you are a beginner.
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