The first step in making Rosaries is, of course, the assembling
of the necessary parts. They are as follows:
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.
Pick up one of the eye pins and insert it as far as it will go through
one of the beads. Then with your fingers or pliers (whichever is
handiest), bend the straight portion of the wire over at right angles
as shown in the sketch.
that the bend must be as close to the bead as you can make it and
it is made at right angles to the eye on the opposite end of the
This bend you have just made is the beginning of the new eye. The
two eyes should be at right angles to each other to avoid kinking
of the finished chain of beads.
With the pliers in the right hand, grip the bent over section of
the pin (now pointing to your right), near the nose of the pliers
and near the end of the pin.
Circle your thumb toward you and put a little bend in the end of
Since the human wrist is not constructed so that it will make a
complete circular turn, it is now necessary that you take two grips
or bites of the work. The little bend mentioned above
is the beginning of the Eye you are making. To complete
the Eye and make it into a perfect circle, you now grasp
the jaws of the pliers with your LEFT HAND. This will keep them
tight on the Eye Pin. Then circle your RIGHT HANDto the right as
far as it will goand take a fresh grip of the pliers. Now when you
turn the pliers toward yourself, you will form an almost complete
in the wire like the one already formed on the other end. This eye
should not be quite closed. Leave it open a little so that you can
later on close it around the next pin in the chain.
This is the basic process in making a Rosary. It should be practiced
until you can form an eye on one end of the pin almost identical
in size and roundness with the original one.
Now, put the pins through all 59 of the beads and form eyes on each
one as above, leaving the new eyes not quite closed.
Pick up two of the beads and hook the new eye of the one through
the original eye of the other. This
is the first step in assembling the Rosary.
Grasping the pin with your pliers in the manner shown by the sketch,
close the eye. DO NOT squeeze the eye closed by pressing on the
sides - doing this is sure to spoil the roundness of the eye. Also
do not press on your pliers any tighter than necessary. It is very
easy to mar the pins.
Using the method described above, assemble the five groups of ten
and the group of three which you need.
Cutting the chain is next. Fourteen pieces are required, each four
or five links long as you prefer. These are easily snipped off with
a pair of scissors, but in cutting the chain be careful to have
exactly the same number of links in each of your fourteen pieces.
Open one of the small jump rings by bending the prongs
sideways. Opening the ring in this manner makes it easy to close
without losing its shape. Slip the ring through one of the upper
openings in the centerpiece and a piece of the chain and close it.
The final assembly consists of joining together the various parts
in the approved manner as shown in the picture. In connecting, it
is necessary to slightly open the closed end of the last eye pin
of each decade, in order to attach the chain.
Before making the final assembly of the long string of beads and
the centerpiece, hold the string up by one end and let it dangle
freely. Then when you attach the free end of the centerpiece, see
that there is no twist in the string. Even a slight
twist will cause the Rosary to kink - something easily avoided with
a little care.
CAUTION: Use as little pressure on the pliers as
you can when forming and closing the eyes. The wire is delicate
and too much pressure will make marks which cannot be removed.
Be sure when you are assembling that EVERY eye
is completely closed. No one wants a Rosary which comes apart.
NOTE: In each Kit, you will find an extra bead
and an extra Eye Pin. Should you lose or break more than this, let
us know and we will send you enough parts to complete your Rosary.