Kits Showcase - Land of Odds - Be Dazzled Beads
You are the jewel in the lotus! Your Mala brings you to a focused, quiet, personal, introspective space, mindful of the intentions you want to bring into your life.
Mala Necklaces are both spiritual and fashionable. Whether you wear a Mala for one reason or another, you want it to be constructed to maximize its durability, as well as honor its history.
ABOUT THE MALA NECKLACE PROJECT
The word “Mala” means necklace.
A Mala Necklace is an incredibly personal piece of jewelry. Every Mala is unique and personally designed. Whether creating and wearing a Mala Necklace is for spiritual reasons, or simply for adornment, the choices of beads, colors, and design reflects your sense of self and your sense of style.
Mala Necklaces are widely used in Yoga and Meditation settings. When constructing a Mala necklace, it is important to be mindful of the intentions you want to bring into your life and focus.
The Mala is used to help keep an accurate count of mantras during medication.
The Mala was first used in the 8th c. BC in India.
Prayer beads (to count and recite mantras)
A Mala can be made up of any factors of 108, such as 18, 27, 36 or 54. “9” is a very spiritual number in Buddhism, and many design choices involve multiples of 9. The number 12 is also an important number in Buddhism. 9 x 12 = 108.
Mala beads represent spiritual identity and connection to the universe. Malas are made up of beads which serve different functions.
We only count the prayer beads, not the marker, Guru or any additional decorative beads.
Usually the prayer beads are made from gemstones. They often are made with wood beads, as well. Each specific material (as well as the color of the material) will be associated with its own unique spiritual, healing, energy properties and personal significance. It is assumed that these properties of the materials are infused into the wearer by touching the skin.
Typically we put knots between prayer beads to protect them and make the Mala stronger.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN...
The instructions help you...
...visualize the knotting process,
...lead you through a fun project, and
...offer many design possibilities for the artist.
LearnToBead Goals: The Project covers...
- 2-cord Knot Tying Approach
- how Malas are made, designed, structured
- how to use the Mala for meditation
- how to use a Guru bead set
- how to make a tassel
My kit projects are part of our overall education program at Be Dazzled Beads in Nashville. These kits are developed within what is called The Design Perspective.
The Design Perspective focuses on how the jewelry designer and bead artist make choices about...
-what to do, and not do
-what to include, and not include
-how to balance off conflicting demands between beauty and functionality.
THE MALA NECKLACE
Every participant receives a Project Guide Book
In the Project Guide Book, I first guide you through this project's planning process. That is, I discuss the types of choices I made, when creating this piece. These choices include things about technique, color and materials, and about form, structure and function. I discuss how I leveraged the architectural strengths of each stitch to achieve my overall goals.
Then, I go over, in detail, with many illustrations and diagrams, step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions.
The Project Guide Book Table of Contents:
(42 pages; 47 color images)
SUPPLIES LIST, p. 3
I. Planning Your Project, p.5
Intro – Types of Choices To Be Made In This Project, p.5
ABOUT MALAS, p.5
Mala Beads, p. 5
Types of Mala Configurations and Design Styles, p.7
Meditating with a Mala, p. 8
ARCHITECTURAL ISSUES IN MALA CONSTRUCTION, p.9
IA. Conceptualizing Your Piece, p.9
IB. Measurement, p. 14
IC. Selecting Materials, p. 15
ID. Sketching a pattern or graph, p. 15
IE. Identifying Potential Areas of Weakness, p. 16
IF. Identifying How To Attach The Clasp, p.16
IG. Visualizing Your Process, p.16
IH. Organizing Your Work Space, p. 17
II. Beginning Your Project, p. 17
IIA. Basic Steps, p.17
IIA1. Preparation, p. 18
IIA2. The Cord, p. 18
IIA3. Hand Knotting, p.19
IIA4. Connecting Both Ends, p.29
IIA5. The Guru Bead Set, p. 31
IIA6. The Tassel (or any finishing component), p. 33
IIB. Dealing with Contingencies, p.37
IIC. Finishing Touches, p.38
III. HEALING GEMSTONES, p. 39
IV. Summary of Learning Objectives You Have Met After Accomplishing This Project, p. 41
With This Kit, You Will Receive...
- Step by Step instructions with text, diagrams and images
- 8mm gemstone prayer beads
- Wood Marker beads and brass rondelles
- Bone signature Long Life/Good Fortune bead
- Guru bead set
- Knotting Cord
- Tassel cord
- Twist wire needles
- 6x3.5" cardboard template
- Plastic case with lid for carrying these supplies
What You Will Need To Have On Hand...
Scissors (preferably large fabric scissors)
Narrow Tip Tweezers
Chain nose pliers
Sufficient Lighting, if needed
Seating Pad, if needed
About Warren Feld
"Jewelry Design Is A Life Lived With Wearable Art" -- Warren Feld
For Warren Feld, Jewelry Designer, beading and jewelry making endeavors have been wonderful adventures. These adventures, over the past 31 years, have taken Warren from the basics of bead stringing and bead weaving, to wire working and silver smithing, and onward to more complex jewelry designs which build on the strengths of a full range of technical skills and experiences.
He, along with his partner Jayden Alfre Jones, opened a small bead shop in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, about 30 years ago, and called it Land of Odds. Over time, Land of Odds evolved from a bricks and mortar store into a successful internet business – www.landofodds.com . In the late 1990s, Jayden and Warren opened up another bricks and mortar bead store – Be Dazzled Beads – in a trendy neighborhood of Nashville called Berry Hill. Together both businesses supply beaders and jewelry artists with all the supplies and parts they need to make beautiful pieces of wearable art.
Warren leads a group of instructors at Be Dazzled Beads. He teaches many of the bead-stringing, jewelry design as well as business-oriented courses in the curriculum. He works with people just getting started with beading and jewelry making, as well as with the program’s advanced bead study groups.
His pieces have appeared in beading and jewelry magazines and books. One of his pieces is in the Swarovski museum in Innsbruck, Austria.
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