Handmade Beaded Rod, Wire Wrap Cross
This is one of my favourite crosses. Was used in Rosary for Mom.
Though it looks a bit complex, it is not very hard to make at all.
This is not a full tutorial on how to make a beaded cross in Right Angle Weave (RAW). Rather it is an overview with brief descriptions which is meant to provide avenues of possibilities. It does have enough description to provide technique ideas and how to guide on making a beaded cross.
This handmade cross is done in RAW (Right Angle Weave). I have used light blue 4mm bicone crystals. Once the RAW beaded cross is done, then the seed beads are sewn in a “X” structure over the surface of the cross.
Create Strength and Rigidity
Instead of using beading thread, I have used thin wire (0.25mm gauge) to do the RAW as well as to sew the seed beads with. This gives more strength and rigidity to the overall cross. I then finished off with a simple beaded bail, using the same thin wire.
I was constantly running out of crosses once I started making my own rosaries. So I thought figure out how to make some of my own handmade crosses (in 2011). Here is a succinct how-to on making some chainmail crosses.
I used Byzantine weave to first create the chainmail cross. I am not sure if I should still call it the Byzantine Weave as I modified it by making it a tight Byzantine weave. It then has more solidity and rigidity. (For more information, see B. ChainMail Cross below).