Merhaba. Ayşin Önder ben. We are in Boncuk Köy right now in İzmir. If you live in Turkey or if you visit Turkey you can see this object everywhere Almost every Turkish person has one to carry around with them or display in their house. and in this video I would like to show the place where evil eye bead is made and you will learn about the belief and you will see how do they make it. As you can see there are lots of nazar boncuğu here. and I said “evil eye” in English, but we don’t say “evil eye” we say “nazar boncuğu” “Nazar” means “look” in Arabic and “boncuk” means “bead” and not only Turkish culture but also many cultures has this So what is the belief? We believe that evil eye protects us from bad luck, injury or harmful power. The shape of bead is an eye. because we also think that we got some negative energy or invisible attack from someone’s eye. Especially when we have something precious such as child happy relationship, car or new house. If your evil eye breaks or cracks don’t worry about this. Because it’s good and we think that it has done it’s job of protecting us from misfortune. and you should replace it immediately. Now we are going to see how evil eye beads are made. I am going to talk to Mehmet Usta who is the glass beads master and I am going to speak in Turkish I added the subtitles in Turkish and in English for this video. I often take my students here. Mehmet Usta is making beads for us in different shapes. For instance the students want him to make a fish Mehmet Usta is making an evil eye in the shape of a fish or in the shape of a penguen. but today he is making a starfish, sorry a sea shell. We are making starfish as well. he is also making the starfish, yes Usta is this glass? yes it is glass. What are you doing now? We are going to do ebru (marbling) I gauge them You are putting the glass into the furnace. yes Now I’ll add granules Look at now. Now yellow Yes Now is coral Blue and they are going to melt in the furnace Yes they melted. What are you going to make us Usta? Fish Now we are observing how the fish bead is made. Usta is shaping the fish He melted it first in the furnace. You can see how the molten glass is shaped Fish eyes are attacted. Now its tail was shaped Our fish is ready Thank you so much Usta I thank you Ellerinize sağlık (Thank you for making) You are welcome Yes here is Boncuk Köy as we said. When you enter İzmir it’s approximatively 2 km. from the airport. It is very close to İzmir. and Murat Bey is the owner of this place. Now we are going to ask him couple of questions about this job and this place Murat Bey, when did you open this place? Since 1990 we have been manufacturing and exporting the traditional evil eye beads. How did you decide to do it? The evil eye bead was my father’s favorite artwork and it’s also his hobby. Was he making them? No, actually he has always been interested in evil eye beads. He was a contractor in 1990 When he quit his job, his hobby became my job. Very well! We are still working together. We brought it into today, and hopefully we are planning to carry it into tomorrow Very well. It’s a very nice place Thank you so much You have such a beautiful garden. Could you please give us some brief information about the evil eye bead? I explained what we believe in English Why are we wearing the evil eye bead? The evil eye myth has been known for a long time According to the research, the history of evil eye stretches back over 3000 years. I can briefly explain the purpose of wearing an evil eye For me it’s a deflecting object. I mean the evil eye bead that you wear or display in your car or office diverts the negative energy that is being directed towards you onto itself and absorbs the negative energy which emitted from the eyes. I have a necklace today. In every Turkish person’s house, car, on them, on their kids there is an evil eye bead Because we wish that the negative energy goes to the evil eye bead not us. As we said before when the evil eye bead breaks we never get sad This is really good. We say “nazar çıktı” (nazar is gone) and we replace it immediately. Definitely Thank you so much for the information. Thank you for coming. Yes, if you come to İzmir, you should visit this place (Boncuk Köy) You can see both colorful evil eyes beads and how they are made. See you in the next video. Hoşçakalın!