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, June 30, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us

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I am getting a bit quicker in making these hand-wrapped rosaries. Just a few weeks ago it was taking me several weeks to make one, now I can make one in less than a week. Still very labor-intensive, but much better. This rosary is made with a heavier gauge wire than the previous two, which makes it less dainty, but probably more durable in the long run. It feels practically indestructible.



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The Aves are 6mm blueberry quartz -- a beautiful transparent blue bead, and the Paters are 7mm mother of pearl beads capped with copper bead caps. The center is a Our Lady of Lourdes center, solid bronze, hand cast from a vintage piece, as is the beautiful matching crucifix. They are connected with 20 gauge bronze wire, each bead hand wrapped.










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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Moon at her Feet

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"And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" Rev 12:1

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The beautiful blue and the opal white glass beads of this rosary remind me of the moon, one a muted blue light, the other a bright luminescent one. Both could be the light of our Blessed Mother -- one shadowy and veiled next to the incandescence of her holy Son, Our Lord, and the other bright and resplendent leading the way to God.

The beads of this rosary are 6mm Druk glass, the Aves in a transparent pale blue and the Paters an opaque, bluish opal. The white opal Paters are capped with silver and they are linked together with a Miraculous Medal center that has a back that rotates showing the Glorious, the Sorrowful and the Joyful Mysteries, and a beautiful smallish crucifix with lilies.








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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mother Most Pure

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This sweet little rosary was created for a young girl -- a starter of sorts. Pink was the color of choice and these 6mm Czech Druk glass beads are the palest of pink. They are precious paired with 6mm white Swarovski pearls capped in silver, separated with white pearl and the palest pink Japanese seed beads. The Miraculous center has a back that rotates showing the Glorious, the Sorrowful and the Joyful Mysteries, and the crucifix has tiny flowers at the top and bottom and each side.




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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.



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Monday, June 13, 2011

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us

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This rosary shown today is one of those I made a few months ago for a young women and her sisters. The recipient asked for purple Ave beads and lamp work Pater beads, as well as an Immaculate Heart of Mary center. The end result was really a stunning combination. The pictures, I'm afraid really don't do just to the purple glass beads. They are a brilliant faceted glass, in a vivid, deep amethyst color.

The Aves are 6mm faceted amethyst Czech glass beads, and the Paters are a beautiful handmade lamp work glass in shades of blue, gray and purple, capped in silver and Swarovski crystals. They are separated by silver-lined crystal and pearl seed beads. The center is an Immaculate Heart of Mary center and the beautiful crucifix, one of my favorites, has a picot edge.


 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

St. Michael, Vanquisher of Rebel Spirits, pray for us

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A recent request for a St. Michael Chaplet allowed me to use this beautiful bronze St. Michael medal I had on-hand. I really enjoy it when someone gives me creative license to create a sacramental such as this. I chose some turquoise beads, some beautiful oval crystals and these bronze pieces to create a lovely St. Michael Chaplet.



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The Aves are 6mm natural turquoise, the Paters are oval clear Czech crystals, strung on wire with silver lined glass and gold Japanese seed beads. The heart-shaped center and the St. Michael medal are solid bronze hand cast from vintage pieces.
The text on the medal is in French and on the side with Our Lady (not pictured) translates to: "O Mary Conceived without Sin, Pray for Us who Have Recourse to Thee." The St. Michael side reads: "St. Michael Protector of France, Pray for Us."

The prayers of the St. Michael chaplet are very powerful, as one prays the Our Father and Hail Mary following the prayers of intercession to St. Michael.



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