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Pearl Purl

Examples of pearl purl gold work. Examples of pearl purl gold work.

Pearl purl is a metal thread made from tightly coiled wires, which looks like a strand of gold pearls. It is normal to stretch the purl slightly in order to make it easier to couch it down onto the ground material. This type of metal thread is often used to outline designs or, in combination with other couched threads, as a filling thread for designs, such as leaves. 

Closely related forms are Jaceron purl and lizerine, and these two types are also sometimes classed as pearl purl.

See also: minikin.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 8 June 2016).

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Last modified on Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:08