The wearing of amulets
was a common practice among the peoples of China, India and Tibet.
They were used to protect the wearer against the bad forces of
nature and unseen bad spirits. The amulets can range in medium
from pictures on paper to metal and stone images, tattoos and
prayer boxes. Stone figures were made from jade, turquoise, cornelian
or lapis. Hair adornments, bangles and necklaces, made with small
metal boxes attached to the metals bases of these items, would
have held prayers written on pieces of papyrus and tucked inside
the boxes to protect the wearer.
is inspired by the wearable amulets from Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan
and is constructed using a flat Peyote stitch base and a series
of Brick stitch triangles that form four-sided pyramid shapes.
These pyramid shapes are worked around the bangle, which closes
with small rondelle and loop connections. The pyramid shapes
are filled with special decorative beads then closed at the top
to hold the treasures in place. The spaces in between the pyramid
shapes, and along the long edges of the bangle, are embellished
with rondelles and seed beads.
Skill level: This kit is for the
intermediate to advanced beader. You must be familiar with Peyote
Stitch and Brick Stitch. Understanding these stitches well will
help to ease the difficulty level.
Photos for this
kit: Mark Rutledge