For those rock stars that enjoyed the mala making at the retreat, please look a little further back into this blog and you will find info on malas, mantra and other useful items.
Here I will post links to some of the finds I purchased on etsy.
The larger beads we used are inexpensive wood beads from places like Pat Catans. They are 8mm. Hole size is a bit over 1mm. This is important as to the SIZE of string you want to use. Especially if you want to place knots between each bead.
If the cord is too small, the knot will not hold the bead in place. The bead will just slip right over the knot. Just like my 00 size pants slip right over my tiny pixie-like frame. That's why I wear a belt.
Here's some stone beads: 8mm with a 1mm hole
Here's some sandalwood beads: They smell great and will take and hold (for a while) some essential oils. Yummy.
I don't know why, but I can only put in one "hyperlink".
Here's some fun cording. This is what I used on the white stone mala I wore. With the blue cording. This cording is 1mm and it went through almost all the beads well. About 10 of them gave me some trouble and I did not use them. I had over 108 beads (bought three packs) so I was fine. I did put a "counter bead" in after each 27th bead. For counting and asthetics. It's entirely up to you.
I would use a larger bead for the GURU bead. Say your mala is of 8mm beads. Maybe a 10mm bead for the guru would look nice. Just an idea. It's your mala. Be creative.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT
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