Bonded or not Bonded

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Bonded or not Bonded

Postby Roses for Mary by Ana » Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:46 pm

:?: :?: I just bought not bonded cord in OLRM and I really don't know where to start!!!! I have been using bonded and now I am appreciating it a lot.
Can someone tell me how to work with the not bonded one?. As soon as I cut it, it separates in peaces and there is no way not keep it together. :cry:
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Postby angelmum » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:26 pm

What I do is dip the ends of the cord in clear nail polish. Let them dry and then the beads will slip right through and the cord will not fray. Hope this helps.
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thanks angelmum

Postby Roses for Mary by Ana » Fri May 01, 2009 7:41 am

I appreciate your help. One more thing :oops:

What happens to the rosary once the last knot is done. I wonder if it will stay tight. Do you put more nail polish?
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Postby angelmum » Fri May 01, 2009 4:15 pm

Most stay tight. But I know some who put a dab of the polish on the last knot.
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Bonded or not Bonded

Postby carpenters_dtr » Mon May 18, 2009 4:18 pm

I work with both. For the non bonded, as soon as I cut it I use a lighter & place the cord end near the flame to briefly melt down the trimmed ends. Keeping the flame on too long will result in discoloration. I also do that to the ends trimmed by the knots but take care not to melt the adjacent twine.
FNT sells a twine cutting tool that heat sets the ends. I'm thinking about buying one. http://fnt-victory.net/fnt-victory.net/ ... tools.html
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brothers & sisters of every state of life,
to you Christian families,
to you the sick & elderly,
and to you young people:
Confidently take up the rosary once again."
- Pope John Paul II
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Thanks for the tip

Postby Roses for Mary by Ana » Tue May 19, 2009 1:34 pm

:)
I will try right away!!
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Ravelling unbonded cord

Postby rose59 » Sat May 29, 2010 7:31 pm

Get a wood burning tool and actually cut the cord with it. The best thing in the world. Look on the FNT/Rosary Cord website. They have instructions for putting scotch tape right where you want to cut it, cutting right through the tape and placing the ends next to a flame (a votive candle works great) before removing the tape. FNT sells a soldering gun to use as a cutter but they charge a lot. Just get a woodburning tool.
As you sow,surely shall you reap.
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Use candle wax on cord ends

Postby JillPike » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:11 pm

I soak the cord ends in hot candle wax for a few seconds. It soaks into the cord, and helps the beads glide on easily. No fumes, no chemicals, and it can be re-dipped if needed. I use a candle warmer so there isn't an open flame to burn me.
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