Wood bead rosary

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Wood bead rosary

Postby mpramirez » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:44 pm

I want to make a wood beaded rosary for my nephew for his birthday. I don't know what kind of twine or thread I should use. Any suggestions?
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wood bead rosary

Postby Maire » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:57 pm

I like to use wood beads also. Depending on the style of rosary you are making for your nephew and the size of the opening in your beads, here are some ideas:

For a rosary with oval wood beads that slide, size 9 cord works well. J.P. Coats crochet nylon is a wee bit thicker than size 9, if you prefer unbonded. It comes in a few colors including black and brown. Sometimes the inside edges of wooden beads are rough; a small reamer helps to smooth them out so they do not snag the cord.

If your wood beads are 8mm rounds or 6x9mm ovals, you could use ~1mm hemp cord to string them and use size 6/0 seed beads as spacers in between.

Beadalon 19-strand flexwire is another option. (The smaller size 7-strand wire eventually gets kinks that are irreversible.) You would make loops in the ends of the wire to attach your crucifix and centerpiece and secure them with crimps. A special crimping tool is needed (as well as good eyesight).

Hope this helps.
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