Wire provides the perfect medium for making
strong and durable rosaries.
It can be coiled, twisted, formed, bent and linked together without any need for soldering.
A Wrapped-Loop Rosary takes a little more time to make than a Chain or Cord Rosary,
but don't let that discourage you.
Designing your Rosary in this way becomesyour original expression,
and your effort results in a beautiful work of art,
a truly unique and durable Rosary.
If you are not familiar with the Wrapped Loop Method of connecting beads, sometimes called a "Wire-Wrap Rosary" you will first need to learn the proper way to handle the wire and obtain the necessary tools used for working with Wire.
Please Review the Following Lessons
before beginning work
Then you will be ready to learn the
We show Bent Nose Pliers being used, but Rosary Pliers
or Flat Nose Pliers will work just as well.
We've also used thick 16 gauge wire for illustration purposes. Our Rosary Makers prefer a thinner 20 - 22 gauge wire to make a Wrapped Loop Rosary.
Cut a piece of Wire 2 1/2 inches longer than the Bead.
Grasp wire with Pliers about 1 inch from the end.
Bend wire over jaw to form a sharp angle.
Use Round Nose or Rosary Pliers
to grasp the wire at the bent angle,
and wrap the short wire tail around the Pliers Jaw
to form about three-quarters of the first Loop.
Move the Pliers slightly inside the Loop to get a grip
on the unwrapped part, and complete the wrapped loop.
Continue to hold the Loop in the Pliers Jaw and wrap the
wire tail around the neck of the loop 3 times, holding the tail to wrap with a second pair of Pliers.
When the wrap is tightly coiled and you are happy with the way it looks, snip the excess wire. Place the flat side of the Wire Cutters close in against the wraps and clip the wire tail.
To avoid sharp edges, tuck the wire tail by squeezing gently with Flat Nose or Bent Nose Pliers while twisting gently in the direction of the wrap. This is known as "tempering" or the wire.
Thread Bead onto Wire. Grasp Wire with Pliers at the other side close in to the bead. Bend the wire around the Pliers jaw, again forming a sharp angle.
Follow the steps to wrap the tail 3 times as shown above; clip and tuck and temper.
Refer to the step-by-step illustrations below
and practice the Wrapped Loop in a continuous motion.
Before beginning work on your first Wire Wrap Rosary,
practice the Wrapped Loop method on different sized beads and different gauge wire. In no time at all you will feel confident and be pleased with your Loops.
Begin by making one wrapped loop bead. For the second bead, begin as shown above to make the first wrapped loop. Add the second bead to the wire and begin to make a wrapped loop on the other side. But leave the wire slighty open. Slip the first finished bead into the circle
of that partially formed loop.
Make the second wrap close in to the bead, leaving little or no room for the bead to move back and forth on the wire. Clip excess wire, tuck and temper as usual.
Continue on adding beads in the same manner
as you complete the decades.
Separate Paters from Aves
with a length of chain as usual.
Our Rosary Makers build the Decades first, then attach the completed work to the Crucifix and Center Piece.
A lightly different Wrap is used for these elements:
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and Rosary Makers Supplies, at affordable prices.
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