There are a number of styles of Rosary Bracelets
you may wish to choose from to make your first bracelet.
Below we feature instructions for making
a Memory Wire Bracelet. To create the other styles,
follow the same techniques used for making
a Chain or Wrapped Loop Rosary.
Review these lessons first if you plan to make
a Chain linked, or Wrapped-Loop linked bracelet:
The possibilities are endless, depending on what color and finish of metal you choose, bead style and size,
and whether you will choose to add smaller separator beads. You may add just a Crucifix, or Crucifix and small Medal as the Center. A tiny Cross, or a Miraculous Medal
make lovely additions also.
Rosary Bracelets can be small enough
to fit a child wrist - 5 1/2 to 7"
Or large enough to fit an adult wrist - 7 1/2 to 8 1/2".
The number of chain links, size of bead, and how far apart to space the beads will be determined by how small or large you wish to make your bracelet.
This is when a Bead Board Comes in handy.
You can create your design by laying out your beads
to just the perfect size.
We show Bead Boards and other
Beginner's Supplies here:
What size bead?
The bead size depends on the overall choice of design for the Bracelet and is really a matter of personal taste.
Learn more about Beads here
Check inches to millimeter chart
Size comparisons above are enlarged and
are shown only for illustration purposes, to help in choosing the right size accent beads or spacers you might include between the Pater and Ave beads of your Bracelet.
After completing a chain style rosary bracelet,
you will need to attach a clasp. There are a number to choose from. The choice is up to you and your taste.
Flat Lobster with Jumpring: This is a small delicate clasp most suitable for bracelets. Attach a jumpring to one side of your bracelet. Open the small ring on the flat lobster and attach the end portion of chain from the other side of your bracelet. Close the ring and "temper" by a gentle squeeze with flat nose pliers, until you can no longer see the split in the ring.
Hook & Eye: This clasp can be store bought or you can make your own. This is a delicate easy-to-close clasp, and is suitable if your bracelet is especially dainty and lightweight.
Lobster Claw with Jumpring: Another style of the lobster clasp, slightly larger and thicker. Attach a jumpring to the tiny ring on the side of the lobster claw clasp. Temper the jumpring as explained above. Attach a jumpring to the other end of the bracelet.
Spring Ring with Jumpring: Probably the most popular and least expensive of the clasps. Open and close the spring a few times on the Spring Ring, to make sure it closes properly and completely. Attach with jumpring to end of your bracelet. Attach another jumpring to the other end of bracelet.
Barrel Magnet: This style of clasp is relatively new, but works well as a clasp for your rosary bracelet. Attach with jumprings to both end of your bracelet. Somewhat heavier than the other delicate clasps, but easy to fasten, especially on a child's rosary bracelet.
Memory wire is a tightly coiled, multi-banded wire
which springs right back to shape
no matter how you twist and flex it.
Memory wire may be purchased from most
Rosary Supply or Bead Vendors.
A child's rosary bracelet will use approximately 3.5 coils. But to begin, cut 4-5 coils. If you will be using large beads, and many separator beads, cut 6-8 coils.
YOU MUST CUT YOUR MEMORY WIRE WITH SPECIAL SHEARS MADE FOR THAT PURPOSE
The memory wire will ruin the blade of your regular wire cutters. Special Memory Wire Shears are needed to cut this type of wire. A heavy duty household shear may work. Test first on the very end of coil to avoid waste.
Securing the Ends of the Coils
After cutting your coils and filing ends if needed,
use a Flat or Chain Nose Pliers to secure the coil,
and other Pliers to bend about 1/2 inch of wire
to a 90 degree angle.
You will form a loop with rosary or needle nose pliers,
as shown above, closing off one end of the coils
so beads won't slip off. The memory wire is very hard
and it takes some effort to bend.
Make sure you have a good grip with your pliers.
When the loop is formed, use flat nose or chain nose pliers to press the cut end in close to the remaining wire.
Rather than turning a loop, you may choose to add
a single 2 to 3mm bead. Add a dab of super glue
or beader's glue to the end of the memory wire.
Push bead onto the end of the wire and turn slightly
to distribute the glue.
Hold bead in place until glue is tacky-dry. Dry thoroughly before adding beads to coils.
Another choice is to use a crimp bead with crimp bead cover to secure the beads in place.
CRIMP BEAD PAGE
Begin adding your decade beads, with or without separator beads, such as seed beads or rondells, etc.
Be sure to separate the Pater Beads from the Ave Beads in some way, with chain, a rondell, or other embellishment, marking off the 5 ten-bead decades. Count your 10 beads twice. There's nothing worse than finding you haven't used enough beads once your bracelet is completed!
Once you have added all the beads, use the same method to form a loop to finish off the wire,
or glue another single small bead, or crimp bead
as you did on the other end.
You have less room to work with now to form that final loop. Form the loop first, and then cut off the excess wire with your Memory Shears.
You may attach a small Medal and Crucifix with jumprings to the end loops, or to the wire itself if you have ended with a bead or crimp.
Until you form that final loop to end the rosary bracelet, you can experiment with the beads to create any combination you find appealing.
You may choose to use larger beads for the Paters, or add one or two seed beads between each Ave, and even more between the Paters and Aves.
It's up to you to create your very own
custom designed Rosary Bracelet.
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