My first selection of prayer beads for sale

I have always loved beads, and recently I decided I’d like to try my hand at making some prayer beads, to blend my love of beads with my spiritual path of Sufism, where most people use prayer beads (sometimes called tasbih or tasbee) to count their wasifas/mantras. Whenever I looked at other prayer beads that were being sold, I felt that they weren’t quite right for me. Usually, they were either too big, or too brightly coloured, or the tassels were too ‘tufty’! Making my own would solve those problems, hopefully, because I could choose all the materials myself. I made a couple, just for my own use, and really enjoyed making them. But then people started to ask if I’d make some for them….

As I’ve written on here before, each year around this time I go to Germany, to a Sufi Summer School (as I follow the Universal Sufi path of the Ruhaniat Sufis). It is a week long retreat, and in the middle of the week there is a market on the Wednesday afternoon, where participants of the retreat can sell things that they’ve usually made themselves, such as jewellery, scarves, clothes, and so on.

This is what I took to the market two years ago - lots of little embroidered boxes, and a few framed pictures

This is what I took to the market two years ago – lots of little embroidered boxes, and a few framed pictures

A couple of years ago, I made some little embroidered boxes, and they sold well, so this time I thought I’d take some prayer beads (plus a few of the boxes that I still had leftover from before).

Most prayer beads were made of semi-precious gemstones such as amethyst, lapis lazuli or hematite. Some were made of Czech glass, and some were made of painted glass pearls. They were all either 99-bead or 33-bead (suitable for Muslims and Sufis to count wasifas/mantras).

My ‘stand’ at the market was very basic – people just spread out blankets on the floor, put whatever they are selling on the blankets, and sit at the side of their blanket so that people can see what is for sale. So, here is my ‘stand’, in three sections :

Semi precious prayer beads 1

 

Semi precious prayer beads 2

 

Semi precious prayer beads 3

I made 36 sets of prayer beads altogether – and was amazed to find that I sold 23 of them during the one and a half hours of the market! I’m definitely going to be making more of these, and will probably start a new website for selling them, soon.

Here are some of the prayer beads, in close-up:

8mm 'cornflower' painted glass pearls, 99-bead set of prayer beads

8mm ‘cornflower’ painted glass pearls, 99-bead set of prayer beads

 

6mm Unakite semi-precious 99-bead set of prayer beads

6mm Unakite semi-precious 99-bead set of prayer beads

 

10mm Malay jade, 33-bead set of prayer beads

10mm Malay jade, 33-bead set of prayer beads

 

6mm faceted red crystal, 33-bead set of prayer beads

6mm faceted red crystal, 33-bead set of prayer beads

 

What do you think of them?

2 thoughts on “My first selection of prayer beads for sale

    1. Janet Granger Post author

      Thank you! I was surprised, though – partly because there were several other people there also selling prayer beads, so the competition was quite stiff! :-)

      Reply

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