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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tenner rosaries




I got a little carried away ordering some beautiful bronze parts a few months ago, and these little tenner rosaries helped me put them to good use.

The tenner is just one decade, and is a great rosary to keep in one's pocket, purse or car for praying part of or all of the rosary.

These designs would be lovely for a Confirmande, an RCIA candidate entering the church, or even for a special someone's Easter basket.


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This pretty blue tenner is made with 6mm blue dumortierite Ave beads, and the Pater Noster is an 8mm light blue sapphire Swarovski crystal, capped in bronze. The beads are strung with crystal and bronze seed beads on a steel wire and double crimped for strength. The crucifix is an elegant, 1.75" bronze crucifix, and the medal is a beautiful Scapular/Miraculous Medal also made from solid bronze. Both the center and crucifix are hand cast from vintage pieces.


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This tenner is a pretty design, and rather feminine with 6mm turquoise beads, and an 8mm red jasper bead capped with bronze spacers and 4mm red jasper beads. The beads are strung with light lemon yellow and black seed beads on a steel wire and double crimped for strength. The crucifix is dainty and the medal is an Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, both solid bronze and hand cast from vintage pieces.

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This rosary is made from 6mm blue dumortierite Ave beads, and an 8mm red jasper bead capped with bronze spacers and 4mm red jasper beads. The beads are strung with lemon yellow and bronze seed beads on a steel wire, double crimped for strength. The crucifix is a 1.75" solid bronze design with Lilies of the Valley, and the medal is a bronze St. Joseph medal, both hand cast from vintage pieces.




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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blessed Mother, Morning Star

"We beseech You, our Lady, that You who are the morning star, cast out the cloud of diabolical suggestion shrouding the land of our minds; that You who are the full moon fill our emptiness, dispel the darkness of our sins, that we might merit to come to the fullness of eternal life, to the light of unending glory. May He grant this who made You our light, who to be born of You made You be born today. To Him be the glory and honor for ever. Amen." ~~~St. Anthony of Padua



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This chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary has a unique combination of beads. The Hail Mary beads are 6mm opal quartz, which are very unique in that they glow, with a hint of blue, even in the light, reminiscent of the moon glowing during the day. The Our Father beads are 8mm Swarovski blue zircon round crystal beads, capped in bronze.

The beads are hand wrapped with 20 gauge bronze wire, making a very sturdy chaplet. The center is the heart of Our Lady of Sorrows and the medal is Our Lady of Sorrows with the image of the crucifixion on the reverse side. The center and medal are hand cast in solid bronze from vintage pieces. There are 4mm Swarvski bicone crystals separating the beads from the center.









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Crystal and roses car rosary



This car rosary is made with 6mm rhondonite Hail Mary Beads, and one 8mm Swarovski crystal Our Father bead capped in brass. The center is a Miraculous Medal and the crucifix is a beautiful ornate design, both the center and crucifix being made from brass.

The brass clasp makes it easy to disconnect and connect again, so you can grab it for prayer time and hang it back up when you're done.






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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Infant of Prague Pretty
















A friend gave me a beautiful bronze Infant of Prague medal and I held onto it for a while until I decided what to do with it. I had a fancy gala to attend last weekend, and decided to use the medal to make a necklace to match my dark brown taffeta and lace "ball gown." The skirt of the dress was dark brown iridescent taffeta and so I decided to use aurora borealis smoky quartz crystals, paired with aquamarine crystals, because I love brown and blue together. The 8mm smoky quartz beads capped with bronze and the aquamarine crystals have bronze spacers between them and the crystal bicone beads next to them.



The earrings dangle from bronze French hooks and are a teardrop crystal on the bottom, topped with a bronze cap, a bicone crystal, and an aquamarine round, capped with spacers.





This necklace and earrings pair are a one-of-a-kind creation. If you are interested in commissioning me to create something for you, please leave a comment or email me using the address in the sidebar.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Lily Garden

"The Lily, symbol of virginity and purity."



This rosary was created with the Blessed Mother's purity in mind. The mother of pearl Ave beads are the purest white, and the the Pater Noster beads are a glistening, iridescent, purple Druk glass, 8mm in size, capped with brass caps. 




The beads are hand wire-wrapped with 20 gauge brass wire for a very sturdy rosary. The center, a beautiful image of the Blessed Mother surrounded by flowers and vines, is brass, as is the stunning crucifix. The center and crucifix are set apart with tiny brass beads.


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O Blessed Sacrament





O Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, glory of the Christian people, joy of the universal Church, salvation of the world, pray for us and awaken in all the faithful devotion to the Holy Eucharist in order that they may render themselves worthy to receive it daily. Amen.

I recently created two rosaries for two young sisters making their First Holy Communion. I used their favorite colors, pink and purple, to create for them a rosary that may always remind them of the First Eucharist.





The Aves beads are 6mm faceted Czech glass, one in light pink and the other light purple. The Pater Noster beads on both rosaries are 8mm faceted Czech glass in crystal, capped in dainty silver flowers. The centers are both Chalices, representing the Holy Eucharist, and the crucifixes are both feminine styles with flowers at the edges. Both are link style rosaries. 

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Military Rosaries



Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen. 


When I know of a soldier headed into war, I like to arm him with Our Lady's greatest weapon -- a rosary with a St. Michael medal. I recently learned of two online friends whose husbands were headed to Afghanistan, and I got busy.




This rosary is made with black onyx Aves and Pater Nosters. The Paters are capped with bronze caps, in the shape of leaves. The center is bronze, hand cast, with the image of Our Lord on one side and His Holy Mother on the the other. I attached a St. Michael medal, also bronze, at the center. The crucifix is matching. The beads are hand wire-wrapped with 20 gauge bronze wire. It is very durable and hopefully will be in use for a long time for this young soldier.






This rosary is a black twine rosary, with a bronze hand-cast St. Michael medal attached at the center, along with a brass fish charm. His wife told me he will be acting as Catholic Lay Leader for his unit, and so I thought it appropriate to add a fishers of men symbol. The bronze crucifix is matching.


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Tiny Tenner





I made this little tenner for my mother-in-law, who lost the one I gave her a few months ago. I should have placed a coin next to it for scale, as the Aves are tiny 4 mm purple glass beads, and the frosted purple Druk glass Pater Noster bead is double the size at 8mm. The crucifix is a only 3/4 of an inch and the Miraculous Medal is just 1/2 inch. It's a nice size for a woman's pocket rosary. The rosary is wire-wrapped by hand using 22 gauge bronze wire.

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