Handmade rosaries are often made with lots of love and faith. This Rosary for Mom is made with more than the usual love and faith.
This is a re-posting from 2011. (Part of moving hosting and website platforms.) I made my first rosary in 2011 and discovered the soothing joy of making rosaries.
2011 was an exceptionally hard year, financially. So I resorted to making my own gift for a very special person, rather than going out to buy one. This Rosary for Mom is extra special as the recipient is undoubtedly extra special.
This is also the first time I tried my hand at making my own cross. I wanted the cross to match the rosary. I also wanted a cross that had sparkle.
All in all, I hope my special Mom loves this rosary as much as I enjoyed making it for her.
Rosary for Mom – Work Details
I chose to work with Fluorite gemstones. My mom loves violets, purples, and mauve hues. These little fluorite gemstones are tumbled. They are delightfully smooth and round. They also feel delicate and peaceful.
I matched the fluorite gemstones with Swarovski Crystal Pearls (Burgundy, 6mm).
And I used the last of my Sterling Silver rosary center for a crisp, clear complement to the piece.
For the cross, I used:
- Swarovski #5328 XILION bicone (4mm – Violet Opal, Cyclamen Opal)
- Swarovski #5328 XILION bicone (2.5mm – Clear) for wrapping around the cross
As I mentioned before, this is my first attempt at creating an “elaborate” customized cross. Quite happy with the outcome. I know I still have much to learn and improve on for my next attempts.
The back of the cross shows the details of the wire coiling I employed. It also shows the wire wrapping with those tiny Swarovski beads.
The links in this rosary are done in “open loops”. This ensures a smooth, rink-resistant chain.
Sidenote: In the past, I have usually used the fully coiled loop – i.e. each loop is fully closed by wrapping the wire at least twice around to finish off. However even though that method is much more secure, it does have a tendency to kink. A bit annoying for the user.
Happy Birthday Mommy, 2011
I Love You