Monday, September 4, 2017

Shade of the Bodhi Tree's $40 DIY Mala Kit Giveaway | Mala Making Tutorials

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Rosaries and malas have been used for centuries to help keep track of prayers and meditative chants.  You do not have to be religious to realize the benefits of meditation. It brings about relaxation and inner peace. Today meditation is used in patient care and counselling.  Want to make your own mala? Jason Walz of Shade of the Bodhi Tree is offering a special giveaway where you can  customize your own malas.



 Buddhist malas traditionally consist of 108 beads, not counting the guru or marker bead. They can be worn as necklaces - they resemble Edwardian style sautoirs. Or they are wrapped around the wrist. Note : you can also make mala bracelets so long as the beads number 18 or 27, depending on the size of the beads used.

Jason sent me two kits to try. One was finished with a tassel, the other with a charm.  He also has a very helpful Youtube channel which shows how to string malas, attach a charm or a tassel, and the all important one - how to string the guru bead which is actually a 3 hole or T drilled bead. His videos meant I had a lot of fun making the two malas with the minimum of fuss!

Key to the whole process was the kind of collapsible eye needles he supplies.  These are not like the usual kind I have from Beadalon. They are a lot more flexible and do not have a twisted shaft.

Jason has a neat trick where the end of the cord is mashed up so that this bit is caught in the eye of the needle. The deliberately frayed end means it can be drawn through the small bead hole that much easier.  I also liked his tip of stacking the next few beads on the needle (shown below) before pulling the cord right through all the beads!


I tested out the Beadalon needles and even a plastic dental floss threader which also has a collapsible eye. Neither worked well. I also tried the wire method which proved too difficult with small guru beads. But the needles from Shade of the Bodhi Tree made stringing guru beads an easy task. The key is the ability to slightly bend the tip of the needle into a gentle hook. Jason does it with his fingers in his video. I used my round nose pliers.




The needle made it easy to pull the cord through an L shaped path.  If you are going to be making a lot of malas, I recommend getting the extra needle kit (5). The first one I used flew out of my hands while I was pulling it through some beads, never to be seen again!  The needles also fray with extended use. So extra needles are worth getting.


He also has an efficient way to tie the tassel to the bottom of the guru and cap bead. His video shows a larger guru bead which could "stand" on its own. As I was working with small gemstone guru beads which could not stay upright, I simply propped it up against something convenient.




The snowflake obsidian mala I made had a smallish charm so I added a gemstone pendant which complimented both the snowflake obsidian beads as well as the tiger eye guru bead. I adapted his tutorial on how to attach a charm using a jump ring and a little wire work.



My favorite though was the sandalwood bead mala with the unakite guru bead and red tassel. It has a beautiful scent.






Giveaway
If you'd like to win a $40 gift certificate for DIY malas from Shade of the Bodhi Tree, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, September 11, 2017. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

Photography
I used natural light, my iPhone 6S with the ProCamera app and the Modahaus TS400 tabletop studio and rostrum stand (overhead photography) for final product photography. The tutorial pictures were taken with the same equipment but with artificial lights in my windowless basement studio. Check out my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar .

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40 comments:

  1. Mala beads are awesome, I really like the tricks n hints that are included in this post about making them too. I am a subscriber blog follower and facebook fan, I can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  2. I think that this is an awesome idea. I have a few things to start making them but not enough. This is a new endeavor for me. I would love to win this one. Thanks and congrats to who ever wins.

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  3. These give me such peace just to look at them. I would love to win!

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  4. These are beautiful. Will enjoy the Youtube tutorials. Thanks for posting them.

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  5. This would be great! I have struggled with re-stringing malas without the greatest success. Having the right tools (needles) would help a lot.

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  6. I am going to check out the YouTube videos. I am very curious about the needle and guru bead. I love the scent of sandlewood.
    I would love to win this!zanc@me.com

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  7. Interesting project and concept. Please enter me in the give-away. I am also a blog subscriber.

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  8. awesome chance - thank you! I am intrigued by the needle. I would love to try it. bog subscriber at auravisionrose@peoplepc.com

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  9. Lovely !!!! Very nice giveaway , I am a follower , and would be happy to win!

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  10. These are beautiful! I am a blog subscriber. cmbmattos@aol.com

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  11. I love these! Awesome giveaway!!! kwhitney58@gmail.com

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  12. Hope I win! Ashleytolfo@gmail.com

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  13. Thank you for the giveaway !
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  14. Very nice project, would love to try it. I am a subscriber and a blog follower. debb245@gmail.com

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  15. Oh, wouldn't this be a cool gift for the people in my Tai Chi class as meditation is a part of our practice. I must investigate this further. I would love to win the kit to get me on my way. Thank you so much for the chance. I am a blog follower

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  16. I've been wanting to make some malas with some of my beautiful matte beads I got on Vancouver Island last year. I didn't realize there was a special way of attaching the charms and tassels so I'm more than intrigued by this offer.

    Chuck my name in there Pearl and I'll give Lady luck a whirl.

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  17. How absolutely beautiful! I love the beads, the charm, and the tassel. Thanks for the tutorial and the photos. I follow your blog via Bloglovin, and I appreciate all the inspiration!

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  18. I am shopping for a mala, to make my own and a sandalwood option - wow. Thank you for the link to Under The Bodhi Tree and the "how to" videos.
    Twitter and Pinterest share.
    Subscribber mlc4123.mc@gmail.com

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  19. What a beautiful kit. I'd love to have one. I have made rosaries before but not a mala and I would like to make one for my very own meditations. Great post!

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  20. Would love to win this.....I have ordered many times from Jason over at jetbeads.com!

    Thanks!

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  21. I LOVE maps beads! I grew up Catholic, so I think partly it's something very familiar to me. Beautifully done!

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  22. Connie Brookins MattosSeptember 4, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    These are so beautiful! via FB

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  23. Love these would love to learn how to make them.
    Marlene Strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com
    Am a subscirber.

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  24. Love the look of a mala. Would be fun to try to make one.

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  25. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

    mglawrence23@gmail.com

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  26. Karen Buckley (Australia)September 5, 2017 at 3:53 AM

    Would LOVE to win this.
    Awesome tips and tricks thanks.
    Shared through facebook also :)

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  27. They are all soo beautiful! But I'm with you, I love the sandalwood the most!! I can almost smell the beads now!!
    Lisa... jistmi@okctechs.com

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  28. I love mala bracelets! This is one I would love to have.
    celticartwitch@gmail.com

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  29. I would love to win a mala bead kit! I'd like to make one for my sister who has issues with anxiety. AFNovice@yahoo.com

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  30. Please enter me. I follow on the blog, facebook and instagram.

    Rav id alikat2004

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  31. Always looking to learn something new.

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  32. This looks like an interesting type of jewelry to make thanks for the chance to win.
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  33. I'm a subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  34. What a wonderful contest. I would love to win, I recently bought several strings of aromatic beads and some guru beads then couldn't figure a way to do them, so set them aside until I found out how to bead those cute gurus. WooHoo great timing Pearl!
    Subscriber, Instagram follower and Facebook.

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  35. Greta gdmar@comcast.netSeptember 7, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Have always wanted to try this but did not know how. I would love to win this one. I am a Blog subscriber. Thanks.

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  36. I definitely want to make one - they are beautiful. vera khule at gmail dot com.

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  37. Looking forward to learning more about this. Thanks for the giveaway. Oh, and nice pics too, Pearl! ;-)
    deborah.collyar@gmail.com

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  38. i practice nicherin buddhism, i would absolutely LOVE to make prayer beads for others...

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  39. I'd like to give this a try. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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