Most of us who will be making rosaries for distribution to the Missions
will use some type of Cord on which to string the beads,
we may make an all-knotted Cord Rosary, sometimes called a Twine Rosary.
It is helpful to become familiar with the common types and sizes of cord
normally used for rosary making.
Use the reference charts below to estimate what type and how much cord
you will need for each particular style of rosary.
The beads referenced throughout are common "Mission Beads" 5 x 7mm ovals.
Measurements are approximate, but provide a good standard to go by
for ordering supplies.
STANDARD SIZES OF CORD USED TO MAKE ROSARIES
Size #9 cord is just the right size for "mission" rosaries made with the plastic 5 x 7mm oval beads. If you are using wood beads, depending on the size of the hole, this size cord should work for your 6-8 mm beads also.
Size #21 is popular for making all-knotted Twine rosary of a smaller length, and for use with Pony Bead rosaries.
Size #36 is the very thick style used for rosaries made completely of cord...where the "beads" are formed from cord. This size is used most often for rosaries for our Troops.
Cord Rosary With Beads
Size # 9 Cord is available in Bonded and Non-Bonded finish.
Bonded Cord is treated with a chemical, that make it feel like it is waxed, to help it hold together - it doesn't unravel as easily, its rather stiff and easy to handle. But if you will be making a number of rosaries every day, this cord can be rough on your skin. Hands may become sore from pulling on the cord to make the knots.
Non-bonded Cord is a little easier on your hands, not as stiff, but harder to thread through the beads, and unravels easily. It will fray at the ends when you cut it, so you must use clear enamel polish to help hold it together.
Using Bonded or Non-Bonded Cord is matter of your preference. Both are just as strong.
All-Knotted Twine Rosary
Rosaries can be made using only cord with the beads formed out of the cord by typing a special "barrel" knot.
The knots can be tied with the use of a tool, or tied using only your fingers.
Cord Rosary Suppliers
Size #9 Bonded and Non-Bonded for Knotted Cord with Beads Rosary
Our Lady's Rosary Makers
Size #36 for Knotted Cord Rosaries and All Twine Rosaries
845 N MAIN ST
MEMPHIS TN 38107
Size 36 Variegated and "Marble" Twines pre-cut packs of 10
Size 21 machine-dyed twine on 1-lb tubes
Generations Religious Gifts & Church Supply
Size 36 12 Colors 1 lb Spools
Cord Rosary Tool: Our Lady's Rosary Makers
Twine Rosary Tool: Divine Twine