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Rudraksha Style Mala

About this design:

Rudraksha (Shiva's Teardrops) are traditionally used alone with 108 beads knotted on a black or red cord with 1 extra used as the guru - total 109 beads. I tend to lean more non-traditional when I make jewelry so, I have blended the Rudraksha with matte Tibetan style agate, an African turquoise guru bead and a hand-dyed silk ribbon tassel.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut 3.5 meters of cord, placing an overhand knot in the middle. Begin stringing on your beads on one side. Knot in between each bead.
TIP - If you pull your next bead against the knot, it will secure the knot in place.
27 Matte Tibetan Style Agate, 20 Rudraksha, 3 Matte Tibetan Style Agate, 4 Rudraksha = 54 beads
Step 2:
Repeat the pattern from Step 1 on the other side = 108 beads
Step 3:
String on your guru bead.
Step 4:
Make a tassel using hand-dyed silk ribbon and attach to the necklace using the tails of waxed linen remaining after you have strung the guru bead.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is a wonderful mala necklace! I too like to be non-traditional also, that’s why I like so many of your projects.

  2. CAS
    CAS says:

    Gorgeous Ali! My best friend is training to be a yoga instructor, and recently received a Mala from her instructor which she uses everyday. I’d love to make her one for her final graduation … I have a question … the spacer beads, are they counted as one of the 108 or is it 108 + spacer beads? I’d like her Mala to be “properly made”.

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the texture of the rudraksha with the smooth Tibetan agate. Great combination.

  4. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Beautiful! I love the addition of the Tibetan beads!

  5. Ali
    Ali says:

    Hi CAS,
    Great question :)
    Knots, spacer beads or marker beads, and guru beads do not count in the 108 beads. Depending on what type of Mala necklace you want to make will determine how many of what beads you want to use – Mantra, 108 beads, or Tibetan, Zen.

  6. CAS
    CAS says:

    Thanks Ali for the information! Now comes the hard part … deciding which of your super cool products to use in my design … (sigh) … what to do … what to do …. ;)

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this one too :D

  8. kye
    kye says:

    This is so beautiful. I love the contrast between the earthtone beads and the colorful tassel.

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    R Fulton says:

    So pretty!! LOVE the ribbon used as the tassel!

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    ClovisakaLois says:

    Beautiful…great design!

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    ClovisakaLois says:

    Beautiful…great design!

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    desertgirl says:

    Just gorgeous! All the colors and textures go so well together. Ali, all of your creations are so inspirational. I always look for your designs first.

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    K Grande says:

    Finally got that guru bead strung! Worth the wait.


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