Sunday, 27 January 2019

DIY Beaded Yad

I am in need of a toy yad for an upcoming quiet book page, but was unable to find one for sale. Real yads are very expensive, so I decided I would have to find a way to make one. I did consider using polymer clay, but when I thought of this beaded idea it stuck. These are so easy to make that your kids can do it!




A yad is a Torah pointer used to read scripture scrolls without damaging the parchment. The Hebrew word 'yad' literally means 'hand'.


carloriccardi, Parashat NoahCC BY 2.0


Materials Needed to Make a DIY Beaded Yad:
Long silver pipe cleaner
Pointing hand silver bead - available from here (not an affiliate link)
Decorative beads - with about a 2mm hole
Bend your pipe cleaner in half and thread on your pointing hand bead. Twist the pipe cleaner together to hold the bead tightly in place. Thread decorative beads over both ends of the pipe cleaner until you get close to the end. 
To finish:
1.  Use jewelry pliers to roll up the ends of the pipe cleaner to secure... or
2.  You could try placing a bead sideways at the end and thread the ends of the pipe cleaner through from either side. Twist to hold in place under the last bead. You can thread a ribbon through the last bead hole if you want a way to secure it to a book or scroll.


DIY Beaded Yad / Torah Pointer - Short Version


DIY Beaded Yad / Torah Pointer - Detailed Version


Done!
Now you can enjoy reading Torah!


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Comment below - which number yad is your favourite?