These solid waistbead were made with opaque yellow glass beads.
Waistbead length: 50 inches
Strung on strong, cotton cord with 2 clear anchor beads (for adjustment) and 2 knots.
Tie on, permanent waistbeads.
Waist beads have been worn for centuries in African tradition, and the uses are endless. From adornment and weight management, all the way to signs of maturity and femininity, the diversity of waist beads make them appealing pieces of jewelry to own. They are generally worn under a garment and are not taken off, to receive all the benefits of waist beads.
HOW TO WEAR
You will need a bowl, scissors and a lighter (optional)
1. Hold both ends of waistbead string.
2. Bring waistbead around body and place in desired area.
*Similar to bringing a belt around your body.
3. Once you have it placed, cross the two strands of waistbead at your desired location. And hold with fingers.
*With your one free hand, ensure there are no gaps in the beads that are around your body.
4. Make adjustments if needed by sliding the beads up/down the strand (like an abacus) or using the clear anchor bead to give yourself more room for tying.
5. Once it is placed in the location you want and there are no gaps, tie a knot where the two strands meet. DO NOT OVERTIE!!! THE BEADS WILL OVERLAP.
* You will find that there are 2 excess beaded strands hanging from the knot.
6. Slide the beads down and grab your bowl.
7. Place the excess strands in the bowl, trim the ends and slide the beads off into the bowl.
8. Tie a few (2-3) more knots to make sure it the string is secure.
9. If you want to make sure want the knot is even more secure, use a lighter to burn the knot.
10. Enjoy your new waistbeads.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Depending on where you would like your waist beads to fall on our body, make sure to leave some space to ensure the waist bead will fit comfortably. Having the jewelry too close to the waist may result in breakage, pinching from the beads, or discomfort. They are not meant to hurt. It is widely suggested to have a relaxed stance in front of a mirror. Make sure to not suck in your stomach.
These items are made to order. Waistbeads ship within 5-7 business days.
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