5 Amazing Beading World RecordsPosted by Andrew M on October 15 at 04:11 pm
Just when you think you’ve seen it all! I found some really cool beading world records that might be enough to make any hobbyist question their dedication to the craft.
1. World’s Largest Bead Flag
Measuring nearly 9′ x 4’6″, the world’s largest beaded flag contains 288,400 beads and weighs over 22 pounds! The flag represents the United Arab Emirates and is was completed during many sleepless nights by Jeyaraman Ravi. Photo: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
2. World’s Longest Chain of Beads
Alayna Salter of the UK strung together 80 meters of beads to create the world’s longest bead chain. That’s over 260 feet, more than enough to wrap around the outer lines of a tennis court! Her efforts began at her kitchen table but soon took over an entire room. Sound familiar?
Ms. Salter creates her own jewelry and got the idea to string this piece when audience members at her musical gigs asked her where she got her unique necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
3. World’s Largest Bead Mosaic
What do you get when you combine 372,000 beads and 1,000 fourth graders? Besides a migraine, of course…
If you answered “The World’s Largest Bead Mosaic”, you’re right! The kids chipped in to pay tribute to President Obama by creating the giant piece of art which is now housed in New York City. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
4. World’s Largest Pearl
Okay, it’s not really a beading world record, but it’s still a huge pearl that would make one heckuva pendant. It’s known as the Pearl of Lao Tzu and weighs in at 14.1 pounds!
The pearl’s history is shrouded in secrecy and mystery. Some legends even trace it back to the rise of one of China’s ancient dynasties.
We may never know the full story behind the Pearl of Lao Tzu, but it’s an amazing piece of natural beauty no matter who you believe!
5. World’s Longest Strand of Prayer Beads
Mustafa Kara of India carved 999 wooden beads to create his record-breaking 25 meter strand of prayer beads. When fully assembled, it weighs over 130 pounds and requires 3 men to move.
Kara’s prayer beads are primarily used for decoration and he has since created many (smaller) copies that have been sold all over the world.
Are You Next?
You never know what might happen the next time you start getting carried away with a beading project. You might just end up in the kooky list of beading world records!