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Rosary beads - one decade

Updated on August 2, 2017

Rosary Beads

I made a One Decade Rosary out of 8mm and 4mm Black Onyx beads. It's one you can put it in your pocket. It's quite small, 15cm or 6 inches in length.

The Rosary consists of different prayers, the Hail Mary, the Our Father and Glory Be the to the Father.

For people who don't know, this is a much smaller version of the commonly known Rosary with 5 decades, which lets you keep count of your Prayers. There is an even larger Rosary, which as 165 beads, which I have not attempted to make as yet.

Originally, Rosaries were made from Rose petals. The word Rosary, was supposed to have originated from the word Rosarium (Rose garden). I have been reading a lot about ones made from Roses, I think I want to try and make it. If I do, I'll post a Lens.

My mum gave me one that smells of Roses, it smells so nice.

Making the Rosary


11 Beads of your choice (I used 8mm beads, these are a good size and made a nice size 1 decade Rosary)

21 smaller beads to match the 11 beads (I used 4mm beads)

4 crimps (I used Silver to match the Tigertail, centre piece and cross.)

1 Cross or Crucifix (can be found in a Catholic shop or bead shop)

1 Centre piece medallion (can be found in a Catholic shop or bead shop)

Tigertail or other stringing material (I used approximately 30cm or 12 inches of Tigertail in total and had a bit extra for 'just in case', depends of the size of your beads really).

5cm sticky tape (Optional)

1 Crimping tool (something to squash the crimps close at the end)

1 Wire cutting tool (something to cut the Tigertail)


1. Cut a bit of tape and stick it to one end of the Tigertail so the beads don't come off.

2. Thread 3 small beads, then one big one, then 1 small one. Continue threading, big bead and a small bead until you have threaded 10 big beads on the Tigertail. After the last big bead, thread three small beads.

One small bead, one big bead

3.Thread one crimp to the end of the Tigertail.

4. Thread the end of the Tigertail through one of the top rings of the the medallion, then thread it through the crimp and then the end bead.

5. Crimp the Crimp to secure the beads and centre piece in place.

6. Cut off the Tigertail as close to the end as possible so it is not visible. The rest of the Tigertail will be used for the rest of the Rosary.

7. Finish off the other end the way you have in step 6 after removing the tape.

Connecting to the Centre piece.

8. Thread the remaining Tigertail to bottom loop of the centre piece (medallion) and crimp it, leaving a long piece of Tigertail to make the rest of the Rosary.

9. Thread 3 small beads, one big bead, then three more small beads.

Adding the Cross/Crucifix

10. Thread a crimp on the end of the Tigertail, loop through the cross, back through the crimp and then the last bead to make it neat. Then Crimp. Trim off any remaining Tigertail.

5 Decade Rosary -2 - This is another 5 Decade Rosary I have made

Swarovski Pearl - 5 Decade Rosary
Swarovski Pearl - 5 Decade Rosary

5 Decade Rosary - This is one of the 5 Decade Rosaries I have made

Gold Fusion 5 Decade Rosary
Gold Fusion 5 Decade Rosary

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    • KamalaEmbroidery profile image

      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      Beautiful work. I would love to know how to make one of roses when you find out.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely rosary beads, thak you for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like your rosaries...

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      Nice Rosary my partner and his mother both have the large version of these for prayers. I love this smaller one you make x nice job

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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      jays23 lm 6 years ago

      what a lovely rosary. Whoever will receive that gift from you will surely be blessed.

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      Looks good, be great for Christmas presents.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      gorgeous jewelry, enjoyed my visit this morning, thank you.

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens, thank you for the tutorial, I enjoyed my visit.

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Very nice rosaries - thanks for sharing.

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      @luckyone924: That's very nice that you have your Grandmother's and you can pass it along as well! :)

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks :)

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: There is a website called Rosary Army who make knotted rosaries and they give them away, I was going to try and make some and give them away with the other ones I have made to sell.

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      luckyone924 6 years ago

      great lens! i still have my great grandmothers rosarie! Thank you for sharing : )

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah, my dear ... this is pretty awesome! I don't believe I actually have any rosaries left from my youth. We sure could use a few rosaries to go around in the world today, don't you think?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      This is quite beautiful! Since I am not Catholic myself, I don't carry a rosary, but my inlaws certainly do. Your instructions to make a Rosary are very clear! Blessed by a squid angel :)