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Title: Cork Mala Beads
Post by: Chaz on January 03, 2020, 08:06:57 am
Those who use malas ..... What would you think of cork mala beads?
Title: Re: Cork Mala Beads
Post by: Gibbon on January 03, 2020, 09:47:24 am
Soft.
Title: Re: Cork Mala Beads
Post by: Chaz on January 03, 2020, 10:46:10 am
Soft.

No doubt, but too soft?
Title: Re: Cork Mala Beads
Post by: Gibbon 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? 
Title: Re: Cork Mala Beads
Post by: Chaz 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
Title: Re: Cork Mala Beads
Post by: Gibbon 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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