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String a Guru Bead on a Mala Necklace


About this Tip:

In this tip, we'll show you how you string a guru bead onto a mala necklace. Start with a mala necklace that is finished except for the guru bead in the middle. Make sure there is enough cord


Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Gather your materials. You'll need a mala necklace strung on 1mm cord, a thread burner (for nylon cord only), adhesive, collapsible needle, and your guru bead set.
Step 2:
Curl the collapsable needle. Do this by pulling the needle between your thumb and finger nail. Repeat until the needle resembles a fishing hook.
Step 3:
String the cord through your needle. Then string the needle through the side hole of the guru bead and down through the bottom hole.
Step 4:
Pull the cord through the bead.
Step 5:
With the other end of your cord, repeat Step 3 by stringing it through the opposite side hole of the guru bead and down through the bottom.
Step 6:
Pull the cord through the bead so that both the tails are even.
Step 7:
String on the bottom of the guru bead and slide the 2 parts of the guru bead up to the necklace.
Step 8:
Secure the guru bead in place by knotting.
Step 9:
Now that the guru bead is strung, finish your necklace. A thread burner can seal the ends of nylon cord, and a dap of adhesive on the knot will keep it strong.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is a great tutorial! I saw a guru bead on another website a while back. The negative of it on that site…. there was not tutorial on how to put it together. Thank you, Ali! You always provide directions and samples. That’s why LB is my favorite and most used bead site.

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    Nancy B 2 says:

    Excellent tutorial, always find you information very helpful. Thanks Nancy B

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    S KatollakaSue says:

    Always wondered just how to do that. Now I know. Thanks!

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    T klense says:

    Thank you for the tip , I always wondered how to string it. Very helpful. :)

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    aunthatties says:

    Thank goodness you have examples of how to use your products.That puts you head and shoulders above a lot of other sites. Good on you,Lima Beads.

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