I took a class at an Atlantian University from someone who's specialty is jewelry and prayer beads. I haven't done a ton of research into them, not serious research any way. I was presented with a handful of rules and research and went with it.
|This was made from a kit I bought from the instructor. It was glass beads on silk or cotton thread. I have since had to replace the cord with heavy duty waxed string I use for sewing shoes because my lord breaks things.|
My favorite way to make them is to have the full 99 with division beads (nisane for the middle and pul for the end) at each marker of 33 for the for the 99 names of Allah. Only the camels know the 100th name of Allah. I have also made shorter ones of 33 with markers at each 11 beads.
|These are Buddhist Mala prayer beads I made for a friend in the household|
|And this is a paternoster for another member of the household|
Tassels at the ends of your strand are important to ward off evil.
The closest Jews had to prayer beads were knotted shawls.
My lord has indicated that the shorter beads are great for holding his sleeves out of the way while he uses the restroom.