Due to unemployment, and thus financial hardship, I have changed my policy of not adding labor cost to my rosaries. I hope that you can understand why this is necessary and will continue to support my apostolate. At this time I need to support my family with my skills and resources. I have not added much to the cost of each item -- not as much as most vendors would, doubling or tripling their cost -- but just enough to contribute a small amount to my family's income.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

1,000th Post Rosary

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I celebrated my 1,000th post at Praying for Grace last week. To celebrate, I gave away a rosary. Because my 1,000th post was on the Feast of Mercy, and about Divine Mercy Sunday, I decided to make it a Divine Mercy rosary.

Made with handmade 8 mm blue and white pearl polymer clay beads, glazed and strung with Czech glass crystal and Japanese pearl seed beads in between. The center is a pewter Divine Mercy center and the crucifix is a beautiful carved pewter crucifix.

Congratulations to Ellen, whose name was drawn.



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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mother and Daughter

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These two rosaries were recently created for a mother, the Seven Sorrows Chaplet, and a daughter, for her First Holy Communion.

The Seven Sorrows Chaplet, created with the colored medals and the cocoa glass pearls from Jill's mother's bracelet, turned out very pretty I think. Its recipient found it to be very old-fashioned looking, which I'll take as a compliment.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.

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I really fell in love with the First Holy Communion rosary. Originally her mother wanted it to be made with pink pearls. But what a time I had finding pink pearls -- they were all very peachy in color. I finally found these pink glass beads, sort of a pink tiger's eye. When I put them next to the center that I was using, I thought it was so pretty. The center is pewter with an enamel setting and the scrolled crucifix is pewter.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Luigi's Rosary

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About a month ago I received an email from a gentleman who was in possession of a broken rosary. He wondered could I fix it? I gave him directions to get the rosary in the mail and a week or so later it arrived. So did the rosary's story.

Part of the reason that I love working on broken rosaries is because each rosary has a story. I love to finger the beads that have been fingered by someone before me, especially old rosaries that have had many prayers. The rosary that arrived belonged to the gentleman's wife's great-grandfather, Luigi.

Luigi, apparently, was an interesting man. He was "chased" out of Italy by the fascists and he moved his family to northern California. Though he was an educated man, he arrived speaking no English and could not work as a laborer. He helped many other Italians immigrate to America and helped them find homes and jobs, eventually creating the Italian Catholic Federation (click over to see his picture) to bring Italian immigrants back to their Catholic faith.

Luigi's rosary was gorgeous. Well, not at first, but what was underneath the tarnish was gorgeous. Apparently at some point a domestic worker in the family stole the crucifix from the rosary after Luigi died. And at some point one of the links broke, but other than the tarnish and the missing crucifix it was in pretty good shape -- quality workmanship.

I spent some hours polishing off the tarnish and after finishing a decade or two I was amazed at what was underneath.



This is not a great photo, but you can see how black the beads and chain were. At first, I thought the beads were hematite or another dark stone, but as soon as I started polishing I realized it was entirely sterling silver. After getting all the tarnish off, the owner and I worked on choosing the right crucifix and I repaired the broken link. And voila.



Luigi's rosary is hopefully as beautiful as it was when he held it in his own hands. It was a sincere privilege to work on it.




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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hematite Seven Sorrows Chaplet

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I recently had a request for a Seven Sorrows Chaplet made with the colored Seven Sorrows medals and hematite beads. I had never worked with hematite before, but I am now looking forward to the opportunity to use it again. What a gorgeous material -- these beads are deep, charcoal gray in color, and very heavy. What struck me the most about them, however, is that when your hand brushes up against the beads, they feel cold. But as soon as you hold them in your hand, they warm up and retain your body heat -- very nice!


This picture was taken in the sun coming in my front window, hence the strange pattern of light. Click on the image to see it close up.




This chaplet is made with 8 mm genuine hematite beads linked with colored Seven Sorrow medals representing the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary, also known as the Seven Dolors, are contemplated through the seven sets of seven Aves and seven Paters. This devotion to the Blessed Mother originates in the thirteenth century. On the Seven Sorrows chaplet, we meditate upon the Seven Sorrows the Virgin Mother endured by witnessing the life and death of her Son, Our Lord Jesus.



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Thursday, April 2, 2009

An Auto Rosary for Me

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I feel badly that I have neglected this blog, but it's not because I haven't been making rosaries. On the contrary, I've been so busy making rosaries I don't have time write about them. I also have not been creating original works and there's no sense in posting pictures of rosaries I already have pictured.

Through this blog, I have become a popular source of Seven Sorrows Chaplets, and most of what I am creating these days has to do with the Seven Sorrows of Mary. She is speaking to me, eh? In fact, in some cases I am creating three and four of the same chaplet for folks to give as gifts. I don't mind the work, it's just not very creative to make four of the same rosary. I have to offer up the loss of creativity for the cause.

A few Sundays ago, I had about 30 minutes of spare time and decided to create a car rosary for myself. Being a rosary maker you'd think I'd have my own rosaries all over the place. Ha! Until I made this auto rosary I had one of my own rosaries. I give them all away.

I used the same beads for this rosary that I used in the Pro-Life rosary. I like these little squares. They are not only nice to finger, but they reflect the light beautifully in the car. They are separated by the palest blue Czech glass pearl beads and I used a large blue glass bead for the Pater. I chose a Divine Mercy center because I often pray the Divine Mercy chaplet in the car, and I used a log style crucifix. The magnetic clasp makes it easy for me to grab my rosary and then out it back when I am finished.

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