Zettel wrote:Hello everyone,
I have a fairly simple question. The string of my mala beads recently broke after about 13 years of use. Thankfully none of the beads were lost. Are there any specific considerations I should be aware of before I go ahead and re-string it?
Make sure you count your beads!
There should be 108. : D
This happened to me once.
Also, you may want to go to a bead shop or craft store to get the proper materials,
Finding thread that will fit through the tiny holes of some of those stone beads is hard.
I've considered fishing line, personally, though I don't know how well that will hold up, maybe somebody else has some experience with that, but it seems like it might be strong.
I would love to get some kevlar thread, as I think that would work the best and hold up the longest, especially with the tiny holes. A single strand of that stuff is unbelievably strong.
Malas last longer if there are bigger holes in the beads for bigger thread, but barring that, you may want to make sure you get a really strong thread like I suggested.
I don't recommend that micro-cable jewelry thread/cable, as I've used it and it tends to wear and get cut faster because it's metal, and metal breaks down as it bends.
I haven't had much luck with that stuff holding up too well for me when I used it.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy