Daily Wire Tip Jan. 13: Large Hole Pearls for Necklaces

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
January 13, 2011


I would like to use pearls to make a leather knotted necklace. Where would I find pearls that I could use?

-Judy in Monroe, Louisiana


Hi Judy, we carry a nice selection of large hole freshwater pearls here on Wire-Sculpture. With the exception of the round black ones, they will all fit on wire up to and including 18-gauge round! (That means up to 19-gauge square.) Buying them is a lot easier than reaming them!

If you already have some pearls that you want to use, check out this video: How to Ream a Pearl.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    January 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I will have to check out that video and learn some new tricks. Alas, in my experience, a reamed bead or pearl is a broken bead or pearl. :(

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    January 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Another option is to use a wire with loops on each end and knot the loops to the leather. You could use short lengths of leather tied from pearl to pearl.

    An additional option is to use large glass pearls which have a larger hole thru them, however, I doubt you’ll find a large enough hole in a glass “pearl” that will accept a leather band strong enough to make a necklace. The thinner the leather strand, the weaker the strand.

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      January 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks for the info and design ideas Diane!