Rosary beads - one decade
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.