MKUltras - 8mm Zirc Long Form
MKUltras - 8mm Precious Metal + Zirc Long Form Edition
This stunning version of our long form 8mm MKUltras consists of 41+2 of our 8mm blackened zirc Micro Bosses, with the the eye popping beauty of 24k gold (.999 pure, bead weight 24.66g), and Sterling silver (.925 pure, bead weight 13.8g) options. The 15mm boss beads are molded rather than machined, which has enabled us to form the logos right into the beads, rather than etching them on afterwards. This gives a depth and texture to the logos which makes them all the more distinctive. The sets are strung up on our custom made woven silk cord, the the ultimate in understated class.
- 41(+2) x 8mm Micro Boss beads in blackened zirc + 1 x 15mm Lil Boss in precious metal
- Materials and weights
- Gold Lil' Boss bead: 24k gold (99.9% pure); 24.66g
- Set with gold bead: 80.39g all in
- Sterling silver Lil' Boss bead: 92.5% pure; 13.8g
- Set with silver bead: 69.38g
- Strung on AO2's custom woven 100% silk cord
- All beads drilled with 3.5mm bore
NOTE on durability and precious metals: Because the gold and silver beads are both high in purity, they are quite soft and will easily get banged up and scratched during play. The 24k gold bead, in particular, will get easily get surface scars. However, because the beads are solid material, not hollow or plated, the marks will tend to only affect the surface of the beads, and will not compromise their longevity. In many countries there are long traditions of wearing pure precious metal jewelry, including rings. When working with pure precious metals, the best results come from relatively thick and substantial forms, like our boss beads.
General Information on the Long Form MKUltras
The Long Form Editions have been designed primarily for the "raindrop" style of play. The extra beads provide a satisfying sound and feel as they clack together. Because of the length of the sets, they are somewhat cumbersome for flipping around and doing technical tricks, but they still allow for some basic manipulation. The sets are designed to be worn with a double loop around the wrist, but note that the beads themselves will probably fully cover the cord, meaning that exposed cord will complete the wrap (see photo for reference). Click here to see the Ultras in action on our Instagram feed.
General Information on the MKUltras
The MKUltras are a hybrid design, combining elements of traditional Mala and Komboloi beads. The MKUltra name gives a nod to this lineage, as well as their expedience as tools to help us focus our minds and still our thoughts. They can be used in a variety of ways, ranging from quiet bead counting, through to raucous flipping.
The unique setup of the MKUltras allows them to be worn like mala beads, or carried discretely in the pocket. They adjust by means of a simple friction fit through the larger "Micro Boss" bead closure. Although the design is exceedingly simple, we're fairly confident you won't find anything quite like them around. This is a knotless system, and does not require any special lock bead. The cord is simply compressed when threaded through the Micro Boss bead, providing a reliable, secure fastener, that is easy to adjust when needed.
In this way, the Ultras can be worn on the wrist, or loosened and slid up above the elbow to keep them out of the way when needed. Excess cordage can be knotted loosely around the Boss bead when they are worn on the wrist, or left dangling. This modifiable arrangement allows them to be used very quietly, for simple bead counting used in breath work and meditation, to "raindrop" methods marked by the satisfying, rhythmic clacking of the beads, as well as much more physical methods of manipulation which resemble short game begleri play. While they aren't intended as a highly technical skill toy, there are still a solid range of moves you can link together, and lots of ways of working with them.
New to the Ultras? You can wear em on your wrist, or check out the video below for some other examples of what these beads are capable of.