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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Hand knotted silk cord pearl necklaces.....

    Did you know there was a whole science behind the classic hand knotted silk pearl necklaces......




    Before you can begin the silk cord has to be stretched, otherwise the knots might get lose over time and the necklace will start to look frumpy.

     The way I do it is to wet the threads, then stretch gently between two pieces  of cloth, and hang them up to dry overnight.

    To make the necklaces, I have to carefully make a little knot between each pearl, using a long thin tweezers to  help me slide the knots to just the right position. This takes me from 20 mns for a necklace with larger pearls, to 1 hour for a full meter of pearls. Usually I listen to an audio book while I knot away…….

    Then I add a little clasp, and finish off the last knots with a dab of clear nail polish, or glue to make sure the end threads do not unravel.

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    Why are silk knotted necklaces better than the ones make with a synthetic cord/thread ?

    For starter silk cord knotting is the traditional way to make pearl necklaces because if the necklace breaks, you will not lose more than one or two pearls since the rest will be held back by the knots.
Second, the knots prevents the pearls from rubbing against each other, and gives the necklace a more flowing, soft appearance.

    Silk knotted pearl necklaces should be handled with care, you shouldn’t shower, bathe, or sleep with it on. Another ‘No, no !’ is spraying your perfume, or applying  make-up while wearing it. Lotions, perfume, sweat, self-tanners, etc…can stain both the silk cord, and the pearls. 

    A lady who wears pearls must always put them on after she is finished with her toilette.

Three hand knotted silk cord, pearl necklaces


 To purchase traditional hand knotted silk cord necklace, or request a custom order visit my ETSY shop at : www.anordicrose.etsy.com


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