Hydra Aluminium Begleri

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The Hydra AL Sport begleri from Aroundsquare are precision machined from aluminium and feature the same bead size and reconfigurable multi-bead design as their titanium brothers, but with a substantially lighter bead weight. This set includes six natural aluminium beads, clear anodised to provide a slightly hardened surface.

Aroundsquare's Hydra Begleri are a fun yet highly adept modern adaptation of the traditional Greek multi-bead Begleri. All of the Hydra sets have multiple interchangeable beads, allowing for interesting colour combinations, and some customisation of weight.

This aluminium version is extremely nimble. The small profile makes this configuration suitable for all tricks, including gap transfers. However, the limited mass at each end means relatively little momentum and tactile feedback. The six-bead configuration plays much slower, and feels substantial in the hand. 

Because aluminium is a much softer metal than titanium, the surface of these will get dinged and scratched, and over time, the anodised surface will wear away, and the raw aluminium will show through. This ageing process gives them a great texture which helps with grip and bead control.

(AO2) is about social transformation. We do a lot of different things, guided by the goals of sustainability, democratisation, and social justice. While our work is eclectic, all of it is underpinned by the idea of leveraging creativity and learning for the greater good. In practice, the bulk of our activities are concentrated in the areas of transformative education, monitoring and evaluation, and the design of toys and other materials that support the development of human potential. AO2 is a social enterprise.

Unlike regular businesses which only seek profit, AO2 uses a model that generates profit in addition to furthering social, environmental, and human development goals. We actually have four bottom lines, not just one, and we measure our success against all four. Aroundsquare is proud to be a part of the new economy.

Born in Greece, Begleri is a small skill toy which consists of one or more beads at either end of a string, rope or chain. They can be flipped, twirled or more around fingers to person visually appealing tricks in a similar manner to how playing cards are manipulated during cardistry.

Deriving from from Greek rosary beads (Komboloi) which are often used as worry beads. While komboloi have beads forming a closed circle, begleri beads are threaded on an open strand, usually in a symmetrical formation, with equal weighting at either end. Begleri come in many forms, consisting of semi-precious stone or metal beads. 

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