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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member linda.wald's Avatar
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    Yes, jeg, with the right equipment (not necessarily expensive) coffee roasting is quite easy. We like a light roast, and under the circumstances can no longer go to Trader Joe's. i got started a few years ago, when we visited some friends who are enthusiastic gardeners. They showed us their coffee plant, and roasted some of their beans for us. I thought that was really neat, and went home and ordered a coffee plant on eBay, even though I am not all that great a gardener. The plant is growing reasonably well, and now has three (3) beans on it! I know, not enough to make much coffee, assuming they ripen OK, which seems to be taking a long time. I got the coffee roaster and some green coffee beans in anticipation of the day my plant has a reasonable yield. Just to note: the smell of roasting coffee is very different from the smell of brewing coffee.

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    Traveling Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert jeg's Avatar
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    Ok, that sounds like a lot of patience involved! 3 beans...

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    I never tried rosting coffee, might br fun. I like mine really dark rosted. Not-husband says my coffee is like tar and bitter...he prefers swedish coffee. Dreadful weak stuff. I woun't touch it, perils of having lived in italy.

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    I never tried rosting coffee, might br fun. I like mine really dark rosted. Not-husband says my coffee is like tar and bitter...he prefers swedish coffee. Dreadful weak stuff. I woun't touch it, perils of having lived in italy. Good luck with the plant.

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member linda.wald's Avatar
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    Thanks, everyone! Charlotta, you sound like you make coffee like a co-worker of mine did, as a friend said: "she makes coffee you can sink your teeth into!"
    I've finally strung the strand of souffle pearls I got at my first ruckus (2017), but it's really hard to get a good picture:
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    My husband looked at the pearls, and said they needed blue beads. He picked them out of my bead stash.

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    The blue opaque rondelles that I am guessing is Lapis, really compliments the necklace beautifully.
    Really lovey that is.

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    Linda, that wirewrapped moonstone is very cool and the deep blue aquamarine necklace, too. Way back at 2011 Ruckus, our Sarah from Kojima Pearls put on a stringing clinic. She recommended "4 times and a little more" as measure of the length of thread related to length of finished piece; which has been easy for me to remember.

    What other formulas do you knotters use to figure the length of thread needed?

    Super pretty combo of bright blue and soft colors of souffle pearls, Linda. I'm quite sure your souffles have a pretty play of iridescent colors that barely shows in the photo.
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member linda.wald's Avatar
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    Pattye, when you say 4 times, is that single or doubled? I have been doing about 4 times single, which is 2 times, doubled. I also found out the hard way that you need more than 4 times for a bracelet, or you won't have enough extra to put in the final knots! I used 5 or maybe 6 times for this one, and had a fair bit left over, since they are small beads and thicker thread (fluorite and quartz):
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    My standard measure is - two and a half to three times the length of the intended piece.
    Max would be three and a half, when knotting seed pearls or micro beads.

    This measure is per strand of thread. ( so if using four threads to string with you would have 4*( X*2.5 )=length to use )

    This formula has worked for me for over 35 years, and always leaves me a good whack remaining to finish off.

    Linda, how many strands and what thickness of thread did you use on this?

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    Linda, what a pretty sparkly mix the quartz and fluorite is! And the blue thread shows up nicely. You are correct that you will have more knots and use up more thread with the roundel shape beads. So you were wise to allow some extra thread. The measurement Sarah gave was for an average pearl necklace, let's say 18 inches finished ~ 4x single, 2 times doubled, as you figured, with a little extra (I usually add 12-14 inches.) So that would be 2 yards + the extra 12-14 inches.

    As you work with fabric also, Linda, do you measure yardage and thread by "stripping off" the length? Probably everyone knows that from the tip of the fingers on an outstretched arm to one's nose is approx 1 yard, yes??? (I have to turn my head a little 'cause my arm is a little short, lol.) So it's an easy way to estimate the thread needed instead of using a measuring tape if you wish.

    I also agree, Linda, bracelets may need even more than 4x plus a bit extra; like you I want plenty of room to double back with the thread.
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member linda.wald's Avatar
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    I used the heavy beader's secret, and a doubled thread, because the holes in the beads were pretty large. I figured that
    small beads + big knots = plenty of thread needed.
    This necklace has about 184 beads, and knots, and my purple pearls have 60 or so, or half as many. I rarely actually measure the thread, but just stretch it over the strand(s) I am planning to use. The 4 times estimate works pretty well, if the beads are not too small, and the knots not too big. For this one, and the aquas, it was way off -- I was using the needle as part of the thread to tie the knots on the aquas, and it still came out short!
    I'll have to remember about the 1 yard measure from the nose to the tip of the fingers. I did know it, but kind of forgot. I never have measured cloth that way, though, probably because I'm never measuring the cloth, but cutting a pattern. No, I take that back, since I am making curtains right now that are just measured rectangles. But they need fairly accurate measurement. Wouldn't you know it, that just as I'm finishing the last pair of curtains, I found a rip in one of the first pair I made, nearly 30 years ago. Bad kitten!!!
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    Oh my, the look on the kitten's face! That's such a pretty fabric, too.

    Your bead count really tells the story, doesn't it.
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    I know what you mean by large holes and thicker thread, I just completed a Bakelite 1920’s necklace that used 6 strands of the heavy/thick
    thread.

    The look on your cat’s face made me laugh ( although for you it was no laughing matter) he/ she was inspecting their handy work :-(

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    Yes. That is the look of a feline performance artist that specializes in artistic deconstruction.

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    Bad kitten indeed. Mine are equally bad.

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