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Cork Mala Beads
« on: January 03, 2020, 08:06:57 am »
Those who use malas ..... What would you think of cork mala beads?

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2020, 09:47:24 am »
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Re: Cork Mala Beads
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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2020, 10:53:30 am »
My general impression of cork is that it crumbles easily.  Maybe it could be reinforced with something (glue?) to create durable beads? 

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2020, 10:46:04 pm »
My general impression of cork is that it crumbles easily.  Maybe it could be reinforced with something (glue?) to create durable beads?

The cork I'm thinking about is a composite of sorts.  The cork is ground up and glued back together.  Some types use different size grouds to produce a burl effect.

My wife got me a bead-making drill kit and I'm going to start with aromatic cedar, walnut, rosewood and I have some pear as well as wild cherry I could use.  I've made pens and crochet hook handles from cork and I think it might work

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2020, 07:24:57 am »
Sounds nice!  I would love to see a picture of the final product. 

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2020, 08:10:33 am »
What happened to the famous cork mala bead project?

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2020, 09:48:22 am »
What happened to the famous cork mala bead project?

The project was shelved.  The bead tool my wife got me doesn't work all that well.  I could turn the beads the "old fashioned way", I suppose, but I've been focusing on what my wife and I do with our woodworking - tools for fiber artists and gear-shift knobs.

Your question has got me thinking though.  Maybe I'll do a 27-bead mala the old-fashoioned way as a proof of concept this weekend.

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2020, 06:10:13 am »
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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2020, 08:32:25 am »
Yes, it will be nice to see what comes out of it.  You are lucky to have expertise in woodworking!  Do you also know how to tie a "lama knot"?  I am still trying to master that.

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2020, 09:06:10 am »
I don't know what that is :-(

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2020, 09:30:36 am »
I think it's more commonly known as "snake knot".  Useful in making a tassel but takes a bit of practice to master.

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Re: Cork Mala Beads
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2020, 09:47:57 pm »
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