A pagoda is a tapering tiered tower, built in the traditions originating in historic East Asia. These pagodas are usually built for religious reasons for the devout of Nepal, India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Burma. They are sometimes Taoist houses of worship or can be structures where sacred relics are kept safe and venerated. Depending on the culture, pagodas can come in many forms from the easily recognisable tiered structure to dome-like stupas.
Traditionally pagodas have odd number of tiers. This is to relate to the Yin Yang concept, where the odd symbolises the Yang and even symbolises the Yin. Since the majority of pagodas were religious, the number of tiers is odd to symbolise the Yang, and to the effect of ridding of evil spirits, and of the positive and auspicious.
Precisely placed cylindrical Delica beads in increasing or decreasing counts allow the various tiers of the ring to enlarge or shrink symmetrically giving the appearance of a pagoda. A completely self-supporting structure, the ring is a statement piece that is strong, sturdy and yet comfortable and light to wear.
The main color that is visible from the top of the pagoda hides a little secret. Turn the ring over and the soffit is a different color. Swap the colors round if you like for a completely different look.
These rings are guaranteed to give you endless hours of beading fun and will have your friends and family clamouring for you to make them one.
Pagoda Ring Tutorial Booklet