Description: The Ashoka Chakra
design features the .
There is a loop at the top, so it is great for
making earrings, pendants, and frames for stones
or focal beads. It can also be used as an
History: The Dharmachakra is
one of the most well known ancient symbols,
usually described as a wheel with spokes.
This icon has been traced back to the time of
the Buddhist king
It is known globally as a symbol for the
Buddhist faith, and is sometimes called the
"Wheel of Life".
is a related
technique, so be sure to practice it as
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To make this knot earring
size (1-inch wide), cut one cord, 36
inches in length (2mm material).
To make a pendant
(1.5 inches wide), cut one 60-inch cord (2mm to
4mm size material).
For other sizes, you need at least 30 inches of
material for every inch in size.
1: Secure one end of the cord
to your board. Move down 2 inches,
and make a
Make sure the working end passes
the secured end (tail) to form the
Fold the working end to make a bight.
Push it through the
Tighten the Slipknot by pulling on the
Mentally label it Bight
Step 2: Secure the
to your board (not the loop), so the
working end is at the bottom.
The length of
A determines the finished size
of the entire Ashoka Chakra design.
finished size you wish to make, then multiply
that by 2. Add
at least 1/2-inch
so you have a loop at the top.
Here are the most common sizes:
1-inch Earring size = 2.5-inch bight
1.5-inch Pendant size = 3.5-inch bight
Increase (or decrease) the length to the
appropriate size for your project.
Step 3: Make a counter-clockwise
loop with the working end to start a
to make the crossing point.
Make a bight with the working end,
passing it through the loop horizontally
from the top (
keeping it horizontal. Adjust the
size of the bight to 1-inch, by pulling on
the working end.
The two knots should be 1/4-inch apart
when you are finished tightening.
Reduce the amount of space between the two
knots if you are using 2mm material.
Step 4: Pass Bight A
(first Slipknot) through the new one
- under (from the top).
Move Bight A
back to a
Move the second knot so the working end is
It should rest close to the secured
portion of the first knot.
Tip: The reason why you put space
between the two Slipknot is so that you could turn
the second knot vertical, and to make sure the
tightened portions rest next to each other.
You can adjust the spacing for the remaining knots
knot by pulling on the working
Step 5: to make the
next Slipknot. Repeat
step 4, passing Bight A through
the new knot.
Then turn and tighten the new knot, so it
rests to the right of the previous one.
Tip: The following steps show one
way to complete the design.
There are other ways you can secure the ends, if
you prefer a different finishing method.
Step 6: Repeat
steps 3 and 4 several more
times, until the last knot is 1-inch
from the end of Bight A.
Pass the 2-inch
tail through Bight A.
Turn the Ashoka Chakra upside down so
you are working in the BACK.
Fold the 2-inch tail, and pass it under
one or more loops. Apply glue to
secure the tail to the back of the design.
design over, so you are working in the
Make an Overhand knot with the working
end. Don't tighten it yet.
Pass the loop
(Bight A) through the Overhand knot.
As you tighten the Overhand knot, make the
sure working end rests in the back.
Finish off the working end, sliding it
under a loop in the back of the Ashoka
Chakra. Apply glue and cut off the
Make sure all
the loops indicated in this image form a
circle. Make adjustments as needed.
Then finish off the working end, sliding
it under a loop in the back
of the Ashoka Chakra (not shown).
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