Friday, April 1, 2011

Everyday Pearls



There are many grades of fresh water pearls. Some of the lesser grades are very unique in shape and luster. In my humble opinion, it is the imperfection of these little sea gems that make them ideal for the everyday look. They come in a large variety of colors, sizes and shapes. My local bead store carries a whole section of five dollar fresh water pearls. My recent creation include the mauve pearls that came off of that five dollar wall.
There is a graceful fluidity when pearls are individually knotted and strung on silk. It is just downright luxurious without being overstated. Stringing pearls on beading wire is a sin. Don't do it! It diminishes the feeling significantly and even cheap pearls can look and feel expensive when strung correctly. When it comes to pearls silk is the way to go. 
Stringing pearls is almost mediative for me. I find it relaxing and after seven years it is a very peaceful activity. I did not always feel that way. Like everything it takes time and practice. However, even my early knots still look good. Being self-taught, I firmly believe that anyone can learn how to do this. The reward in the end is a beautiful piece of jewelry.
If this is something that you think you would like to try I encourage you to review my article How to String Pearls and Other Beads on Silk . Feel free to leave a question or comment.  I will help you get started. The only really tool you need in a pair of needle nose tweezers and a few small inexpensive jewelry findings (parts to the necklace).
Mauve and Cream Fresh Water Pearls

Easter is right around the corner. Skip the egg dying this year and make yourself or someone you love something pretty!

4 comments:

Everyday Goddess said...

I love the softness of pearls. Your designs are really nice!

Tess Kincaid said...

I have some pearls that need to be restrung. I must watch your video!

Kristen Haskell said...

Tess - I would happy to help you with your pearls.

Margaret said...

My daughter is an artist and also loves to make jewelry. She and I will check out your link! Thanks.