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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our Lady of Hope, pray for us


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The color of these amazonite beads first caught my eye. They are a beautiful color -- soft, but vivid blue green, not a color seen often in the natural world. I love using natural beads and so I bought them with no intended use. After I started making wire-wrapped rosaries, I decided that I would use these beads for that purpose because I love the contrast against the bronze wire.

When I did a little quick research on the stone I learned that those who believe in the "power of stones" consider amazonite to be a "hope" stone, as it is said to inspire hope and confidence in things to come. I must tell you I find all of that to be pure legend, conjecture, and I don't believe it for a second. I do believe, however, that one who prays the rosary, in earnest, using these beads, or any others, will most find hope, as well as faith and charity, and untold graces from God. That's a guarantee!

The Aves on this rosary are 6mm round aventurine, and the Paters are a flat oval, much larger, aventurine bead. The Paters are set off with small antique brass beads. The center is a beautiful antique bronze Ave Maria piece, and the crucifix is an ornate, slightly small antique bronze piece, both hand cast in bronze from vintage pieces. The beads are hand-wrapped with 24 gauge bronze wire.

This is a one-of-a-kind rosary.
Contact me in the comment box or using my email address in the sidebar to create something to suit your taste and needs.


Julia said...

Oh I love this one - no doubt it sold quickly. How did you learn to make wire wrapped Rosaries? I would love to learn that technique!

scmom (Barbara) said...

Just self taught, Julia. I didn't know how, and can't let that happen! ;-)

If you want to learn there are tons of online tutorials and videos. It's not that hard but you do need good eyes, or glasses. I just had to have a new prescription because I was having such a hard time seeing what I was doing.