I got a strand of freshwater pearls to make a necklace. I didn't want to do the standard plain pearl necklace. Typically silk or nylon thread is used and there is a careful knot placed between each pearl. I decided to mix it up a little. I used a nylon cord to string the pearls but the outer visable cords in the macrame are linen. I cut a silver spreader to look like a mermaid, and then I cut out little starfish and sand dollars to accent the necklace. I made a metal sand dollar shaped button for the closure.