We use semi-precious beads, faux pearls, cultured pearls, crystal, ceramic, acrylics and glass.
The strand inside is usually 20 to 50lb fishing line, one of the strongest threads available. The glue is epoxy or super glue. Generally the tails are suede, silky tassels, or sometimes a repurposed earring from a thrift store. When I find an interesting earring or perhaps buy a charm, that can be incorporate into the design.
Many beaded items are intended to calm, center and soothe your nervous system. Frequently, mala beads are made by monks and this is to hold the "grace" of the creator. These comforts are made with attention and delight. There is grace everywhere and the source is spirit, not magic. The designs are the most significant part of the work. The beads are paired but sometimes, a tiny flaw gets into the strand and it's accepted as additional interest.
Customers have used comforts in all kinds of ways: as a necklace for a statue, a fidget when on the phone, a keychain, something to hold during meditation, a pacifier during chemo therapy, or a tool to gain composure during a business meeting. When you hold a beautiful object , it connects you to your own chakti. We love to hear from people how they use them.