Hi, Tina -
I’m sorry to hear you’re having a spot of difficulty and with a
friend’s necklace yet. Not ideal.
Mary Atwater suggested a change in manufacturing. A good suggestion,
but not applicable as Griffin is still & only (to my knowledge)
manufactured in Germany. The same cannot be said for what was
Gudebrod, out of Pennsylvania & out of business. The manufacturing
of spools of silk is now done in China; fewer sizes & many fewer
Karen Tweedie notes that necklaces should not be hung. She is spot
on. Kim Ingersoll suggests nylon. Another stringing medium would
certainly solve the problem.
Is the silk old? Everything degrades as it ages. Try a new(er) spool
Certainly, silk stretches; nylon, though stronger, stretches more.
If the pearls are small enough so you don’t want to knot between
them, and the necklace is indeed cultured pearls, the weight of the
beads should not be enough to stretch the silk, even if it’s 40"
long. You can certainly try stretching the silk before stringing,
but I do not think that will not solve the underlying problem.
My suggestion is to use a 0.13" diameter 49-strand Bead-a-lon. It
will not stretch and has the flexibility to be knotted and hidden in
a clam shell or bead tip. While it doesn’t have the lovely fluidity
of a knotted silk necklace, neither does it have the kinkiness of
the 7-strand tigertail. It’s very strong. If the Bead-a-lon breaks,
you’ll know it wasn’t the silk at all, but rather something out of
your control, like a small child hanging from the necklace…
Do, please, let us know how this sorts itself out.