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    Medieval Momma on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “These are so fun! They would add the finishing touch to any special outfit!…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Finally”:
    “Gorgeous! This does look like it took forever to make but so worth it!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Finally”:
    “Thanks so much everyone--you guys are the best!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Spring Green”:
    “Wonderful design, lovely colors and it's going right into my favs! The wirework is…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful! Thanks for the instructions. Do you mind me asking how you protect your fingers? I've…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Cool idea!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is such a different style from your previous bracelet. I really like this simplicity too.…” read »

  • Becca W
    Becca W on “Spiral Dance”:
    “this is exquisite! I can't imagine how much time and patience this took, and you are…” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “got the antiquing done and some size reference pics. as always 5thew antiquing looks darker…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “copper blue”:
    “What an interesting piece! The three views are so different that it almost looks like a…” read »

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    A Groundwater on “Starfish with Love”:
    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

  • T thornton
    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

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    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

Why KNOT??!

About this design:

I have been trying pearl knotting. I have another necklace in a half finished state...only because I ran out of aqua shell pearls. I really like doing it. Kind of relaxing, except for when your knot does KNOT get close enough. But it feels so slinky and drapey.


Labradorite rounds. Swarovski crystal pearls. Black crystals. Rhinestone spacers. Gunmetal spacers.

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Deb, I love it!! This is fantastic! The black knots between the ivory pearls is great! I have yet to try this technique–are you using a knotter or an awl? I finally got a knotter from a friend, but still haven’t given it a whirl. The crystal rhinestones are perfect as they help transition the colors and add a little sparkle! Great job!!!!! :)

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Crystal Canary. I like the black thread also. I almost used gray but found the black in a basket. I am using my fingers!!!!! What was I thinking?????

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love this, Deb! So sophisticated and elegant looking…your knots are great too! I only use my fingers when knotting, only because I haven’t bought a special tool for it. My fingers seem to work just fine though :)

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Deb, What type of cording did you choose to use on this project? C-Lon? What mm? :)

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    It’s S-lon….I.think it is only one size. I got it at my local bead store.

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous piece Deb, I also use fingers for knotting, I really like using both waxed linen and C-Lon, might try silk one day when I’m better at it :D

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Drat…..I forgot to thank you for the compliment Wanda….so Thank you :) Nice to know someone else uses their fingers for this.

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    The silk is so thin and in such short pieces!!
    Thanks Asia! :)

  9. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Ditto all the above – beautiful!

  10. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Beautiful, Deb! Love the transition pieces between the pearls and labradorite.
    I do use an knotting tool and it really helps slip the knot up tight to the bead. You might try using a long nail. I’ve use a long thin nail in a pinch and it worked fine.
    p.s. the knotting tool is also great to loosen and undo those knots that are out of place.
    Can’t wait to see your other pieces!

  11. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Deb, I love this…reminds me of night turned to day. I, too, learned knotting by hand. I finally got a knotting tool and then, a knotting board (for lack of a better term). Like others have said, it really does help with keeping the knots positioned correctly and keeping the tension consistent.
    This is such a pretty piece.

  12. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    I love knotted jewelry. Knotting pearls was the first thing I learned. And you are right, they feel wonderful. This is a wonderful piece.

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is beautiful Deb! Very elegant and sophisticated. I love that you used labradorite on half instead of going with all pearls. That and the black cord adds dramatic contrast. Just stunning! :)

  14. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Deb–this is really cool!! I use my fingers, too. :) I know what you mean about the silky drape–I love that. I have mostly used waxed linen and some silk. I hear you about the naughty knots that don’t get close enough. A cheap pair of small and pointy tweezers works as well as any tool, too, if you are looking for one. Try Target or Walmart in the cosmetics section. I found one there and when I do use a tool (rarely) it works well.

  16. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Judy, Linda, Angela, Alice, Becky, Del, Lois for all the compliments. You chicks are always the best!!!

  17. Dill
    Dill says:

    I really love this design. The contrasts are stunning! Has got me thinking about lots of designs I’d like to try!

  18. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Deb..this is great looking! It’s elegant and casual as well. What a creative style.

  19. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Super design…I will have to try this technique of knotting since it has become so popular.

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