To begin, cut a piece of Cord 63 inches long. Make note that the top of the Center refers to the side with two holes or loops, with the image on the Center facing you.
String one end of the cord through either hole at the top of the center piece, pulling it through about 4 inches.
With the tool in your left hand, (work hand) lay the two cords over the tool as shown above, securing the center between your left thumb and middle finger, and the tool with your index finger. Keep the cords taut in your right hand to the right of the tool.
Insert the other end of the cord into the tunnel of the tool and pull it through as usual for a barrel knot.
Begin coiling the long cord over both portions of cord that lay over the end of the tool, as shown below; wrap 4 coils as usual for a barrel knot, keeping the long cord taut in your right hand.
GENTLY slide the knot off the tool, still securing the longest length of cord in your right hand. Roll the knot as usual while GENTLY pulling a little on the long cord, and then on the short cord, sliding the knot to about a thumb's width from the top of the center piece, as shown. Do not pull much on the short cord or your knot will come untied. You should pull the short cord just enough to aid in proper placement of the knot - a thumb's width distance from the center.
When the knot is placed where it should be, pull hard on the long cord, and exert resistance against your pull by holding securely to the center. As the knot tightens to its maximum, pull now on the short bit of cord sticking out, to make sure the knot is absolutely secure. The tension a rosary maker uses while pulling the cords to form the knots is his/her art. Too much, and you'll break open the little hole in the center...too little, and your rosary will not last long.
PRACTICE....MAKES PERFECT : )
Continue on now adding your 5 decades, separated by Our Father beads as shown on the previous page but do not add that last knot for this rosary
After building your decades, proceed by attaching them to the center
After the last Ave bead of the 5th decade, hold the beads in place, and loop the remaining cord through the other hole on the top of the center piece. Try to leave the same amount of space between the center and this final knot as you did on the other side of the center.
Lay the two cords over the tool as you did for the first knot you attached to the center and wrap the barrel knot in the same way, pulling hard for that final pull to secure the knot
When you are sure the two knots are as tight as can be, snip off the excess cord with a sharp pair of scissors, close to the knot, but leave a tiny bit of excess to either melt with flame, or coat with clear nail polish. See below.
Save the longest excess cord to add the remaining beads and Crucifix
Using the long left over cord you cut, loop one end through the bottom remaining hole on the Center Piece. Make another barrel knot approximately the same distance from the center piece as your other two knots, using the same method of laying both cords over the tool, with your cords to the right of the tool.
Securely tie a barrel knot just as you did for the other two holes in the center piece.
Add an Our Father (Pater) bead, followed by a barrel knot as usual. Add three Hail Mary (Aves) beads, followed by another barrel knot.
Leave a little space, as shown above, between the Pater knots and the Ave beads. As explained previously, the rosary should have some "slack" to it, or it will be too stiff to fold and carry in pocket or purse. The proper spacing of the Pater knots provide just enough "give" to the rosary. TOO MUCH space makes it difficult to handle the beads while one is actually praying their rosary, because they will slide around too much. About a thumb's width, 1/2 to 5/8 inch is best on the decades, a little less on the placement of knots in this section of your cord rosary.
Insert the end of the remaining bit of cord into the opening in the Crucifix. There should be enough cord left over now for you to get a good enough grip on it for the final pull on the last knot.
Arrange the Crucifix, and cord as shown above to mark out the placement of the final knot which will secure the Crucifix to the rosary, again, about a thumb's width. Lay both cords over the tool as shown above and begin wrapping the long cord over both as you did for the knots on your center piece.
Position the Crucifix as shown and hold firmly. Tuck the end of the cord in under the coils in the tunnel of the tool and pull through. Be sure to "catch" the two cords leading from the Crucifix.
Pull fairly hard as you want this knot to be very tight, even before you slide it off the tool. You don't have much space to work with in this step, so make sure you have a good hold of the Crucifix, as you will pull against it to tighten this final knot.
Roll the knot as usual for a barrel knot as you slip it off the tool, until you have it in the proper place: about a thumb's width from the end of the Crucifix, and closely butted up against the Pater bead.
Keep the knot as tightly coiled as possible when positioning it, offering resistance with your left hand holding the Crucifix, while you pull the cord and tighten the knot with your right hand. When it is in position, pull hard. Reverse your work to the other hand and pull hard on the cord and Crucifix again.
Never pull against the Crucifix alone. Always pull against the resistance of your own hand holding the Crucifix and Cord. If you pull too hard, the Cord will pop right through the hole in the end of the Crucifix, and you will have to start that knot all over again, using a new Crucifix.
Snip any remaining cord with a sharp pair of scissors
Leave enough of a "nub" as shown on the left above to melt lightly with a flame. Notice how the cord yellows slightly, as shown on the right. This is normal when melting Bonded Cord. Hold the flame to the nub only long enough to barely melt it. This ensures the knot will not unravel. Do the same for the nubs remaining on your Center Piece Knots.
For Non-Bonded Cord, apply a light coat of clear nail enamel to the nubs. This too will undergo a slight yellowing, which is unavoidable. Both methods of melting or clear enamel will secure the knots.
Thank you for becoming a Rosary Maker
for Our Lady!
May God richly reward your work in His service