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Mandala Mala

About this design:

Using the mandala as the focal point or guru for this piece to me represents our circles of life (family, friends and our communities) within the circle everything else.

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The products in this design are listed below.

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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.
15 Burma Jade, 6 Pacific Blue Apatite, 3 Burma Jade, 9 Pacific Blue Apatite, 1 Burma Jade, 3 Pacific Blue Apatite, 6 Burma Jade, 1 Pacific Blue Apatite, 6 Tibetan Style Agate, 1 Pacific Blue Apatite, 3 Tibetan Style Agate = 54 beads
Step 2:
Tying a string in the middle of the cord so you can remember where each side starts for the counting of the beads as you string them on.
Step 3:
Repeat the pattern from Step 1 on the other side = 108 beads
Step 4:
Knot the Mandala in place and use burner to finish off the ends of the cord.
Step 5:
Tie ribbons on back of Mandala to accent.

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15-16" strand $17.90
½ strand (loose) $9.45

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39 yards $4.70

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Measurements: 39 yard bobbin

15-16" strand $23.90
½ strand (loose) $12.45

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Another great color combination! I like this one due to the softness of the colors, the use of the Mandala and the ribbons. You certainly have some perks to your job and chance to use and show your skills and creativity as a designer and teacher.

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    Moogie says:

    Burma jade & pacific blue apatite are both in my cart! I love this color scheme. The addition of the silk is perfect. Luscious!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic, now I really want to learn more and try this type of beading :D

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    jmasters1118 says:

    Nice design!

  5. Amy Demaris
    Amy Demaris says:

    Global gold keychain with rough amethyst chunks, vintage earring with hammered chain. I take old and broken pieces and make them new and hopefully brings pleasure to someone.


  6. Y Campbell
    Y Campbell says:

    I love that Mandela mala necklace. Beautiful colors

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