I was requested to make the components for a first communion rosary. Despite my heavy reservations concerning the RCC, this is a gift I was happy to make. The giver was having a terrible time finding the correct wire to put the thing together, which as I had to order it from Rio Grande (despite several good jewelers’ supplies in my area) made perfect sense.
Rosary. Sterling silver and hollow glass lampwork beads, completed 2015.
To speed things up a little, I helped by assembling this one. Yay, rosary pliers.
This is not a particularly difficult project for someone with basic lampworking and metalworking skills to make. You'll need a jeweler's saw to cut out the cross and centerpiece (preferably with lubricant), which as I recall is 18 gauge (mebbe 16?); files to smooth the edges; 3mm letter and number stamps if you want to personalize the cross and centerpiece and a number of lampwork beads—say, 53 small and 6 large, preferable made on small mandrels (.045"), though 1/16" will work; and 19 gauge half hard silver wire to assemble the piece. Oh, drill bits and 4.5 mm (or similar) soldered jump rings to set off the our father beads..
19 gauge half-hard, if you're curious.
The recipient's initials and communion date is stamped, but the reverse is shown for privacy reasons.
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