The first step in making Rosaries is, of course, the assembling of the necessary parts. They are as follows:
- 59 Beads
- 3 Small Rings
- 1 Center Piece
- 59 “Eye” Pins
- 1 Crucifix (with ring)
- 8 Inches of Chain
The only tools needed are a Pair of Pliers – the Slim Round nose type – and a pair of sharp scissors.
|Lay one of the long pieces of chain on a sheet of heavy cardboard and fasten one end of it to the board with scotch tape. Stretch the chain out straight and tight and tape it down again about seven inches from the end. Be absolutely sure that the links all lie the same way-not twisted.Open the Eye of one of the eye pins slightly and slip it through a link of the chain one and one-quarter inches from the end. To make later operations easy, slip it through the link so that the opening is at the top. Now close the eye.
Skip three links and attach a second eye pin through the fourth link. Continue with an eye pin through every fourth link of the chain until you have attached ten pins. This is your first decade.
Now skip nine links and attach a longer eye pin. You will find six of these longer eye pins in the kit and they are necessary because the “Our Father” beads have filigree caps on each end. Skip nine more links and start the second decade. After attaching a few more eye pins you will come to the point where you have taped down the chain.
Remove both tapes and re-tape the chain with one tape near where you have added the eye pins and the other about seven inches farther along. Again be very sure that the chain is not twisted in the slightest and that the links all are perfectly flat.
Continue with the second decade until you have attached ten eye pins. Then skip nine links, use a longer eye pin, skip nine links, and start the third decade. Continue in the same manner for the five decades.
Next place a bead on each eye pin and form the new Eye (not quite closed). The Eyes are to be made so that the openings are on top rather than on the under side. This makes it easier to fit them into the second chain. Do not forget to add the filigree caps to the “Our Father” beads.
Lay the chain with eye pins and beads attached on the cardboard. Place the second chain beside it about one half-inch away, running parallel. Tape both chains down near the ends and about seven inches along. Be sure that the second chain is straight and flat without twist.
Bring the first eye pin up through a link one and one-quarter inches from the end of the second chain and close it. Skip three links and proceed, re-taping when necessary. When you have finished you should have a one and one quarter inch length remaining on each chain. If there is a slight variation, clip off any excess links so that both ends of both chains are uniform.
Bring one pair of ends together and fasten to the centerpiece with a jump ring. Do the same with the other pair of ends.
Use the same method in assembling the short chain which goes between the centerpiece and the crucifix with two “Our Fathers” and three “Hail Mary’s”.
We cannot be too emphatic in cautioning you to keep all the chains perfectly flat without twist. The slightest twist will ruin the appearance of the finished Rosary.