Tassel Making Tutorial
This is a simple step-by-step tutorial for adding an integrated tassel to a Buddhist Mala. The cord that is used to wrap/secure the tassel can either be some of the same cord that came with your DIY Mala Kit or you can pull a strand of cotton cord from the pre-started tassel itself. I use red cord in this tutorial to give contrast. This same method can be used to secure a charm to your DIY Mala.
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This is simply a picture to show the unfinished tassel that came with your DIY Mala Kit next to the almost-finished mala. This shows the appropriate cord length to attach the tassel.
Place the unfinished tassel evenly in the guru bead/extension bead cradle.
Tie a square knot around the tassel with the mala cord. Tie this as tight as you’d like your mala to be.
Cut the loose cord-ends leaving about 1/8″ cord.
Using a lighter (I get mine for $1 at the Dollar Store) *carefully* melt the cord ends down. The cord is nylon so it will melt forming a very strong melted nylon bead. Optionally you can apply glue here. I don’t recommend this though as it can make a mess – go to the Dollar Store and get a lighter!
Neatly form the tassel over the knot.
Place a loop of cord upon the unfinished tassel as pictured.
This is the tricky part!! Starting at the bottom of the tassel start to tightly wrap the cord around the tassel and cord-loop up toward the guru/extension bead. Don’t get frustrated! You can start this step over and over until you get it like you want it if you desire.
When you get the securing loops to the the top of the tassel pass the cord end *through* the loop at the top.
Pull down on the cord-end toward the bottom of the tassel. This will draw the loop down and capture the upper cord end. Be sure to keep everything tight during this step.
Continue to pull the bottom cord-end and draw the loop/upper cord-end *under* the loops. Do go too far though- just enough so that it is tight and secure.
Carefully snip off the cord-ends. At this point you might want to use your Dollar Store lighter to gently melt down the cord ends.