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Topic: Old Ecuadorian Trade Bead rebuild...world's longest re-stringing job!  (Read 1378 times)
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« on: September 17, 2011 04:16:20 PM »


I was asked to re-create this VERY LONG old necklace for a family friend, and it's a good thing it is so interesting because it took me nearly 10 hours. (Whew!)  It is so long that it falls nearly 10" below my waist. (The woman who owns it is very tall, so it probably comes to almost her waist.)

She bought this antique bead necklace from a native lady in the Ecuadorian mountains about 40 years ago, but it had been sitting in a box for years after the string fell apart.

The coins are dated in the 1800's and most are from Ecuador although I think one is Mexican.  Some are so worn that the coins are almost completely smooth & you can't read the dates.  The beads appear to be old Venetian and possibly Czech trade beads. Some are old red white hearts.  I had never seen South American trade beads before but I have some similar ones that were traded into Africa.

A lot of the beads were unstrung so I had to guess how to re-create as closely as possible to the way they were.  I did use a black kumihimo type cord for strength. Probably a necklace this old has been re-strung multiple times before anyway.

Now I have to find time to re-string the OTHER old necklace that she asked me to fix.  Shocked
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011 05:38:56 PM »

Beautiful on restringing all those beads. You are definitely a good friend. I hope you post the other necklace when you finished. I would like to see it.Smiley

« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011 04:41:25 PM »

Oh wow! You did a fantastic job, it looks great! I bet it was fun working with all of those old beads and coins.
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011 10:07:57 PM »

I just got back from Ecuador and saw these types of necklaces in museums, I love it! Such an inspiring place.

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