For Catholics, a rosary is a spiritual accessory. They use it for reflecting on the life of Jesus Christ and believe that it can protect them from harm, which is why they always have it in their vehicles or bags. However, the rosary is quite long, making it difficult to see the road if you hang it in front of the windshield. It is also hard to get it in the bag, even if you have a small purse where you put this sacred beaded ornament.
Fortunately, you no longer need to hang them in your rear-view mirror or keep it in your purse because you can now buy or make a rosary bracelet.
It is like an ordinary rosary because it has a crucifix, a Mary medallion, and beads for praying Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Be's. The only difference is that you can put it on your wrist instead of draping it in your vehicle or putting it in your purse.
This post will teach you how to make a rosary bracelet.
Listed below are the materials used for making a rosary trinket:
Some supplies, such as emblems, crucifixes, and beads that imply the Holy Rosary prayer, are available at religious stores. The remaining tools, on the other hand, can be found at home or craft shops near you.
After preparing your materials, you can start making your handcrafted rosary bracelet. First, you need to cut the coil with a wire cutter. Now, you have two choices here. You can create an open loop at one end of the wire or put a wire cap on either side of the wiring. For the sake of this tutorial, we are going to make the unwrapped loop. Follow these steps to create an open looped rosary bracelet:
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Get an eye pin and open the eye on one end by bending the free tip of the coil crosswise. Slip the five-link chain towards the open eye, then close it by crimping the loose end back into the loop.
Attach the eight-millimeter bead to the eye pin. Fold the wire in a way that it is level to the eye of the opposite side. Cut the coil so that around 3/8 of an inch of the wiring stretches across the bead.
Move your round nose pliers down to the tip of the wire. Turn your wrist and roll the coil into the bead to form a loop, then leave a small space there. This step is a bit tricky to do. You need to have much practice to make a perfect circle, so be patient.
Put a three-link chain in the gap, then close it.
Get another eye pin and repeat the first step. Insert the other tip of the three-link chain through the open eye, then close the loop. Take a six-millimeter bead and repeat steps two and three. Put the eye of the next pin in the gap, then thread the succeeding nine beads to create a decade. Leave the eye somewhat open after stringing the last bead.
Insert the second three-link chain in the open eye, then close it.
Open the last eye pin and pin it in the chain. Close the eye, then place the remaining six-millimeter bead on the hook.
Create a loop on the opposite side as you did with other eye pins. Place the last five-link chain in the open hoop, then close it.
Take the small jump ring, then hold it at either end of its opening with pliers. Bend the metal crosswise in reverse directions to unlock the ring. Slip the lobster claw hook through the opening.
Add the jump ring with the clasp to the five-link chain where the eight-millimeter bead is. Get the big jump ring and fasten it to the opposite side of the rosary bracelet. Make sure both jump rings are tightly closed.
For the last part of this DIY project, you need to get the remaining jump ring, open it, then slip the crucifix and the medallion. Attach it to the chain in the middle of the first six-millimeter bead and the eight-millimeter bead. Ensure the cross is above the medal before closing the jump ring.
You now have your finished rosary trinket. Go to the nearest church and ask the priest to bless your creation. Once done, you can use the rosary bracelet for praying the Rosary or give it as a gift to your Catholic relatives and friends.