The wooden holy beads were originally used for a stretch bracelet, with elastic cord strung through the holes at each end. That arrangement makes them a bit of a challenge to re-assemble, but here's my solution: first a steel half hoop with bent ends that went into the top holes; I drilled a hole in the bottom, just to the crosswise channel, and inserted a little brass eye pin, trimmed to fit and (gasp!glue!) epoxied into place. Then, a bit of yellow sari silk with a black warp got threaded through the bottom holes. I cut the silk to a 45-degree point and raveled out the weft, leaving just a peek of the original color up next to the bead. Next came Kim's wonderful headpin with a long long steel wire embedded, just right for stacking on two more beads and coiling closed, to jump to the bottom of the wooden miracle bead. The tops got finished off with a pair of painted eye beads from India, with splashes of blue that echo the spatters on Kim's lampwork. And then all except the silk got waxed and dirtied up to add to the look of something old and well traveled.
Just listed in my Etsy shop.