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Tutorial - Knotted Pearl Lariat

You can create beautifully draped, knotted pearls using a Knotter Tool!

Pearls drape beautifully when knotted correctly.  You can string them using other cords, that's fine, but once you master this knotting techique, you will never want to string pearls any other way!  This gorgeous freshwater pearl lariat is so versatile it will take you through from day to evening wear and will look completely different depending on your outfit.  Use this knotting technique again and again just choose different coloured pearls and vary the length, perhaps add a clasp, and you will be able to create a range of different pieces for every occasion.  You don't even have to use pearls, you can use just about any other beads you like, just remember to choose the right gauge of thread according to the diameter of the drilling hole in your beads.

1.  Layout all your components you will need 1x pack of white 0.5mm Griffin Poly Nylon Bead Cord (needle included), 3x strands of 5-6mm Shocking Pink Freshwater Pearls (you will probably have about half a strand left over to use elsewhere and you don't have to use shocking pink - try any other colour that suits you),  2x silvertone headpins, plus a couple of seed beads to place on your headpins, 2x silvertone 6mm jump rings, 1x 10mm gemstone crystal heart, 1x 12mm Shocking Pink South Ocean Shell Pearl, a small quantity of silver plated gimp.  You will also need suitable glue we like GS Hypo Cement as it doesn't stiffen or weaken your thread; and of course a Beadalon Knotter Tool (you can complete this project without it if you are a confident pearl knotter, but we love this tool and if you are going to be doing alot of pearl knotting, it is a great investment).

2.  Firstly, put aside 5 freshwater pearls, the South Ocean Shell Pearl and the Crystal Heart (you will need these in steps 7 and 10). Then, make sure your hands are clean, take your Nylon Bead Cord out of its packet and unwind it from the card. Pull the thread until all of the kinks loosen and tie a knot in the end farthest away from the needle. Thread on three pearls.

3. Next, thread on a 6-8mm piece of gimp and a jump ring and then take your thread back through the pearl next to your gimp. Pull your thread carefully so that it doesn't tangle. Make sure you leave a couple of centimetres of thread at the opposite end of the needle so you have enough room for tying.

4. Carefully pull all the thread through so that the gimp wraps itself around the jump ring. Don't overly pull as this may cause the gimp to crinkle.  Pull just tight enough to complete the loop. Tie an overhand knot that sits snugly against the first pearl next to your jump ring.

5. Take your thread all the way through the middle pearl and tie an overhand knot.  Then take your thread all the way through the third pearl but do not form a knot here. Apply a tiny amount of GS Hypo Cement between the two strands allowing it to wick into the hole. Apply another tiny amount and let it dry for a few moments.  This will create a bond to ensure the tail of the cut thread will not slip out of the bead. Carefully cut the short end of the silk as close to the pearl as possible, making sure not to damage either the pearl or the long end of the silk. You are now ready to create your first knot with the knotter tool. 

6.  Follow the Knotter Tool instructions. Click this link to see a diagram which shows briefly how to use the Tool - there are very detailed photos and instructions provided with the Knotter Tool as well.  Congratulations, you have made your first knot!  Repeat step 6 until the desired length of lariat is reached (minus the last 3 pearls you will need in step 7).

7. Take out 3 of the reserved freshwater pearls and thread them all on to your strand.  Next thread on your gimp and jump ring and as in step 3, insert the needle back into the pearl next to your gimp and pull the thread through.  This time, leave just enough room between the last and second-to-last pearls to allow space for a knot between each of them.  Once the gimp has been pulled taut by the thread and the correct amount of space is left, tie an overhand knot.

8. Insert the needle into the second-to-last pearl.  Tie a final overhand knot and insert the needle in the third-to-last pearl.  Pull the rest of the thread through.

9.  Put a tiny amount of GS Hypo Cement glue at the base of the knot allowing the glue to wick into the hold of the third-to-last bead.  Do this twice.  Carefully cut the end of the silk as close to the bead as possible, making sure not to damage either the bead or the knot.

Your stringing is now complete!

Knotted Pearl Tutorial


10.  Now take your headpins and thread on a clear seed bead, South Ocean Shell Pearl and Freshwater Pearl on one and a seed bead, Crystal Heart and a Freshwater Pearl on the other.  Using Round Nose Pliers and Cutters, form a loop at the top of each headpin, just like you would when making a pair of earrings.  Open the loop on each headpin just enough to join to each of your jump rings and then close the loop, securing your charms to your lariat.


11.  Your necklace is complete!



Step 10Beautiful Pearl Lariat


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