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  • #16
    I just started spinning the pearl fiber. I do not think the wool and silk is dusted with nacre powder. I think the nacre has been dissolved in a solvent and extruded like rayon into a fine silk like thread.

    It's spinning up very fine, like sewing thread. It's actually spinning up better than I thought it would. It's not fly-a-way, and it's not slippery. I'll post a photo once I get a bit more spun up.

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    • #17
      The fiber looks luscious! It will be fun to see how this project progresses.

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      • #18
        This is very exciting! Could you take a wee fragment and burn it, to see if it powders like silk and cotton, or melts into a blackened ball?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by lisa c View Post
          This is very exciting! Could you take a wee fragment and burn it, to see if it powders like silk and cotton, or melts into a blackened ball?
          Now you're talking!
          Sorry
          Got excited with the "burn it" part
          That's the science teacher in me...see it burn, check the ashes...
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          • #20
            I know, Douglas, Seriously! The thing that I found shocking (in a good way, as in amazing surprise) about burning fibers was how quickly some flash up and how others smolder. A while ago Bweaves gave us a tutorial about linens, and long and short fibers. She talked about how linen fiber was flashed, or flamed, something like that, to ultra smooth the yarn. The folks on PG are amazing.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by lisa c View Post
              This is very exciting! Could you take a wee fragment and burn it, to see if it powders like silk and cotton, or melts into a blackened ball?
              That's how I tested the used saries I used to buy on eBay, sold as silk. Did it burn as natural fiber (just a small thread :-) or melt like synthetic?

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              • #22
                The pearl fiber is spinning up like sewing thread. It's smooth and sleek. Easy to spin. Not as slippery as silk, but just as nice. I just ordered another 4 oz of the pearl fiber, because I don't know if I'll ever see it for sale again.

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                • #23
                  You are so cool, look at what you’ve done there, the pics are great. I guess you’re mulling projects in the back of your mind. Well, maybe not yet, but now that you’re spinning, you’re getting to know the thread.
                  Thank you for letting us peek in as you go along.

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                  • #24
                    That's lovely, BWeaves! Can you ply the thin threads into a thicker yarn, even if still on the thin side, ie cobweb or lace weight? Such smooth spinning; impressive.
                    Cathy

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                    • #25
                      I'm going to ply it. 2 strands of singles per plied yarn. It will balance the twist and keep the yarn from being kinky. Plus make it stronger.

                      There's a slight shine to the yarn. A glow when light hits it. I can't say I would know there was pearl in it if the seller didn't tell me. I would just assume it was very fine silk and fine merino wool.

                      I think I may weave a scarf with it. Something with a damask like pattern that will show off the sheen of the yarn.

                      I think I'll need to purchase some small pearls to embroider on the finished scarf, or add to the fringe. I've used pearls on my handspun, handwoven shawls before, and they really enhance the handwoven fabric.

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                      • #26
                        How magical, BWeaves! Excited to see where you go with this most special fiber!
                        Pattye


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                        • #27
                          Some pearls scattered over the scarf would be beautiful BWeaves. Or added to the fringe. How small pearls were you thinking about?

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                          • #28
                            2 to 3 mm or smaller.

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                            • #29
                              BWeaves Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on this unique fiber. I'm excited to see what you do with it. Your creations are so lovely.

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                              • #30
                                Those small pearls will be like twinkeling stars, it will be gorgeous

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