Hi all, I’m having trouble removing old thread used to string
necklaces. These are 1930’s-1950’s necklaces of jade, lapis, etc.
Some of the necklaces were in pieces, so I decided to use the beads
in new designs. All of them were knotted between the beads and some
of them appear to have been glued near the ends where they fasten. I
have tried thin wire, thin needles, but there are still remnants of
the thread in about six of the beads. Does anyone have any
suggestions to remove the thread? Can you soak it in something that
will not damage anything but release the thread? It is a thread
with a visible twist to it and very tight knots. TIA–Cheers! Dinah.