Three-holed with end cap. Hand-carved 10mm guru bead set made from natural Goldstone for use when making your own special Mala Prayer beads. The holes measure 1.5mm.
Beads vary slightly, but approximately measure 10 by 17mm.
Goldstone is not a natural gemstone. It is glass with copper glitter in it. The copper glitter requires very particular conditions to form. First, copper oxide is combined with some other similar metal oxides along with silica. Those ingredients are melted together until the reduction is elemental copper. Then the batch is sealed air-tight and kept heated to stay liquid while not further oxidizing.
Goldstone is usually a burnt orange or reddish brown color.
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.
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.
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.
4) Pull the cord through the bead.
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.
6) Pull the cord through the bead so that both the tails are even.
7) String on the bottom of the guru bead and slide the 2 parts of the guru bead up to the necklace.
8) Secure the guru bead in place by knotting.
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.