Insert an eye pin into each bead and bend
the excess wire back toward the bead at approximately a 90 degree angle.
This will hold the bead on the eye pin until you are ready to use
it. It seems to take less time to make the rosary if you prepare
the beads in an assembly line fashion.
Using the wire cutters, trim the excess
wire of the eye pin to approximately 1/4" on each bead. If using
the long eye pins, save the cut off scrap from one eye pin for the next
We begin assembling the rosary by attaching
5 jump rings to the crucifix. The first jump ring should be larger than
all the rest of the jump rings that you use. This is where the scrap
piece from a long eye pin comes in. Wrap the scrap piece of wire around
the thickest part of the jewelry pliers to form a circle. Cut off
Attach the large jump ring to the crucifix
followed by 4 of the regular size jump rings and 1 "Our Father" bead.
Note: If you would like to use end caps on your rosary, they
are usually added to the "Our Father" beads. Also, "Our Father" beads can
be larger than the rest of the beads ("Hail Mary") or they can be
a different shape than those used for the "Hail Mary" beads.
You can see samples of this at the end of the tutorial.
Attach 4 jump rings to the "Our Father"
bead followed by 3 "Hail Mary" beads. There will be no jump
rings between the "Hail Mary" beads now and throughout the rosary.
After each bead is added, it is important that the top and bottom
"eye" of the pin is facing the same direction so the rosary will not be
Next, attach 4 jump rings, 1 "Our Father"
bead and 5 jump rings. Now attach the bottom of the centerpiece
to the last jump ring you put on. Be sure that the front of
the centerpiece faces the same
direction as the front of the crucifix.
Attach 5 jump rings to the right side
of the centerpiece followed by a "Hail Mary" bead. This bead represents
the first bead in a decade. There are 10 "Hail Mary" beads
in each decade, and 5 decades to the rosary. So add on another 9
"Hail Mary" beads giving you a total of 10 beads. Now attach 4 jump rings,
1 "Our Father' bead and 4 jump rings.
Assembly will now be 10 "Hail Mary" beads,
4 jump rings, 1 "Our Father" bead, 4 jump rings, 10 "Hail Mary"
beads, etc. Continue around ending with 10 "Hail Mary beads and 5 jump
rings. Let your length of beads that you have already assembled
hang down to remove any twisting, then attach the last jump ring
to the left side of the centerpiece. You now have a beautiful rosary.
See that wasn't so bad. The more rosaries that you make, the faster
you will be
rosary on the left is one I made using end caps on the "Our Father"
beads. The rosary on the right was purchased in Mexico. The
"Hail Mary" beads are rectangular pieces of wood with wood circles used
as "Our Father" beads.