Waistbeads


I love this photo…….

I’ve also been intrigued by waistbeads since the first time I met this lady Sewra who was selling waistbeads at a neighborhood crafts fair several years back. After doing some research and reading various websites, I got interested in making some of my own.

So a few months ago I posted that I went to a local bead show and purchased several strings of beads with the intent on making a few sets of waistbeads. Well after a couple of false starts, failures, and thanks to some slow evenings at work, I finally was able to get a couple of sets done. I have an affinity for genuine stones. Though I’m not deep into metaphysics, I am interested in reading & learning about each crystals healing qualities and that has somewhat influenced my choice of stones.

The first set is made from tiger’s eye. It’s been said that tiger eye is used for focusing the mind and promotes balance and strength. Roman soldiers wore it during battle for protection. I’m not sure if the claims are true, but wearing this set came in handy when I had some trying moments at work.

tiger eye waistbeads

These are the first set of waistbeads I ever made. After some weight loss I had to restring them making the length shorter. I chose garnet for this set honestly because there was a sale at the beadstore at the time and I was able to get the strands cheap. Plus I love the rustic look of the chipped stones and the way they reflected the light.

Garnet is said to have a strong healing & purification capacity. Helping to balance the chakras, it removes inhibitions and taboos, alleviates emotional imbalances, associated with career success & enhances creativity. It’s also associated with enhancing libido & balancing sexual energy.

garnet waistbeads

The next set I’m working on will be from those african christmas beads I posted in the prior blog post. I’m excited about that one ’cause I like the look of multilayered sets of waistbeads and this one will be a triple strand set.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Miss Moon
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 19:15:09

    Wanna wanna wanna wanna WANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAA!!! LOL

    Those beads are GORGEOUS, girl!!!! You really need to set up an Etsy shop or something. I would definitely buy some + size waist beads. 🙂

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  2. pyaspirite
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 21:07:21

    So … uhhh, am I getting a set for Christmas or what? 😉

    I have a set of them, but gaining weight caused them not to fit anymore. One of my goals is to be able to wear them by the end of the year.

    Yours are beautiful!!!! You did a fantastic job with them.

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  3. creative urbanista
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 23:49:17

    Thanks y’all! I like making them just as much as wearing them. I especially can’t wait to see how the triple strands work out. I made a set before and now have to string it again ’cause they got to be too big. I’m still amateurish at it, maybe if I get really good with it I might think of an etsy shop.

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  4. moni08
    Sep 03, 2011 @ 13:49:36

    I also create waistbeads and have several in my possession. I love the mystery of them and even though I have fibroids and my stomach isn’t flat, having them around my waist defines my femininity strength of being a sexy female.

    By the way, there is nothing amateurish about your beads at all! I think the garnet beads are gorgeous!

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