I designed this beaded Mandala tutorial with a couple of themes in mind. So, the project was created for an issue of a magazine, with a theme of around the world. I also wanted to promote the beading friends who designed and made the cabochon focal. But before I tell you more, let’s look at the materials and techniques you’ll need.
This beaded Mandala is made with the following materials
- Sashiko Cabochon
- Size 11 Miyuki seed beads
- Size 15 seed beads
- 6mm round pearls
- 4mm firepolish
- Your choice of thread
The Sashiko cabochon is a special design created by the ladies at L2 Studios. These stunning ceramic cabochons are available from their Etsy store, here: L2 Studio Design
The Cabochon is 26mm diameter and 8mm depth. So, you can create the Mandala Pendant with a different Cabochon of the same size if you wish. However, I do urge you to try one of the Sashiko Cabochons as the craftsmanship that goes into them is simply wonderful. So, they are beautiful to use.
You are going to be using a combination of basic Right Angle Weave and Peyote stitch to create this. The beaded Mandala tutorial does guide you through everything in great detail. Plus, if you feel you need some extra help, I have free tutorials that you can download from this website.
I suggest this is a good intermediate level project. It will be a quick make for the more experienced beaders. But if you are a beginner, don’t be put off. Provided you can follow instructions and are happy to learn, feel free to give this pendant a try.
The story behind this beaded Mandala tutorial
So, I mentioned this at the beginning. This tutorial first appeared in Bead and Jewellery magazine. The issue in question had a theme of ‘around the world’.
So, I wanted to play with that idea. For me, this was all about celebrating the closeness of the beading community across the globe. The beautiful Cabochon that inspired the design was made in Slovakia and shipped to me here in the UK. The Miyuki seed beads come from Japan, my pearls from China. So, this was turning into a very international project already.
I then thought about the Mandala – something that originates in India. I have been inspired by the ideas behind the Mandala. So, this beaded Mandala pendant tutorial will show you how to create a pendant that is circular, regular and influenced by the traditions that inspired it.
You can change your colouring, although the beaded Mandala pendant tutorial does include the actual colours that I used if you wish to match them.
Finally, make your favourite beaded rope to hang this and enjoy!