Have you ever noticed how small the holes are in drilled pearls?  It must be because many people use needle and thread for knotting pearls. I recently wanted to wire some lovely pearls with embedded Swarovski crystals using 22G wire which I thought was fine enough for a pendant. I had great difficulty passing it through the pearls. I was about to call Debbie who I knew had a fine pearl reamer set when I had an idea.

I took a length of (finer) 26 G wire and deliberately trimmed the end at an angle to get a point. I used that to scrap the insides of the pearls using a sawing motion to enlarge the holes and it worked! Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.

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