Making a Rosary,
Jewelry Making Instructions


Making a rosary is easy with step by step jewelry making instructions! Use these instructions to make a one decade rosary.

Making a One Decade Rosary

In this wire jewelry project, we'll use an easy wire jewelry making technique: simple wire loops.

This handcrafted one decade beaded rosary is made with wire and tiger eye beads.

Each 15mm coin shaped hail Mary bead is separated with a twisted oxidized closed jump ring.

The our Father bead is a large 15mm carved pumpkin shaped tiger eye bead.

Example of how making a rosaryA one decade rosary

I think it is absolutely stunning!

When I finished making this one decade rosary, I took it to work to show my friends.

One of my friends liked it so much that I gave it to her. She is giving it to her 90 year old grandmother.

Instructions for Making a Rosary
A One Decade Beaded Rosary

Tutorial Category: Wire Jewelry Project

Skill Level: Beginning Wire Jewelry Making

Prerequisite Beading Techniques:

If you are new to jewelry making, learn and practice these jewelry making techniques first...

How to Make Simple or Plain Wire Loops Using Wire

How to Open Split Rings

Rosary Making Supplies and Parts

  • 1 crucifix
  • 1 2-to-1 rosary medallion jewelry connector (rosary center)
  • 10 15mm coin shaped beads (your choice of color)
  • 1 15mm pumpkin shaped bead
  • 9 8mm closed jump rings, twisted and oxidized
  • 8 split rings
  • 15 - 20" (38.1 - 50.8 cm) of round half hard wire
  • about 3" (7.6 cm) of jewelry chain
  • beading board or ruler
  • marker pen

Bead Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • split ring pliers
  • wire cutters

Here is an explanation and pictures of jewelry pliers used in bead jewelry projects.

Step by Step Illustrated Instructions for
Making a Rosary of One Decade

1. Gather your supplies, tools and beading board.

Make ten bead units using the ten 15mm coin shaped beads.

Cut about a 1 1/4" (4.4 cm) length of half hard round wire and make a simple wire loop on one end.

Thread a 15mm coin shaped bead onto the wire. Make a simple wire loop on the end. ( See step by step details of How to Make Simple or Plain Wire Loops Using Wire.)

Step 1 of Making a Rosary Instructions: Make ten simple wire loop bead units.


2. Using the chain nose pliers, open one wire loop on a 15mm bead unit.

Slide on an 8mm closed jump ring.

Using the chain nose pliers, close the wire loop.

Using the chain nose pliers, open one wire loop on a second 15mm bead unit.

Slide on an 8mm closed jump ring.

Using the chain nose pliers, close the wire loop.

Step 2 of Making a Rosary Instructions: Alternating, connect 
ten simple wire loop bead units and nine closed jump rings into a chain.




Continue these steps until you have a chain of ten 15mm bead units and nine closed jump rings connected to one another as pictured below.

Step 2a of Making a Rosary Instructions: Alternating, connect 
ten simple wire loop bead units and nine closed jump rings into a chain.


Instructions for Making a Rosary of One Decade Continued

3. Cut four 3/4" (1.9 cm) lengths of chain.

Step 3 of Making a Rosary Instructions: Cut four 3/4


4. Using the split ring pliers, attach a split ring to each end of the four (4) chain links ( How to Open Split Rings).

Step 4 of Making a Rosary Instructions: Make ten simple wire loop bead units.



Making a Rosary Jewelry Making Instructions Continued

5. Layout your one decade rosary as shown in the photo below in this order:
Jump rings and 15mm hail Mary beads in a 'U' shape
One chain link to each end
Rosary medallion
One chain link
15mm pumpkin shaped our Father bead
One chain link
Crucifix

Step 5 of Making a Rosary Instructions: Layout of one decade rosary.


Close up of layout of one decade rosary center.

Step 5a of Making a Rosary Instructions: Close up of layout of one decade rosary center.


Close up of layout of one decade rosary crucifix drop.

Step 5b of Making a Rosary Instructions: Close up of layout of one decade 
rosary crucifix drop.


Instructions for Making a Rosary of One Decade Continued

6. Using the chain nose pliers, open the wire loop on the end of the two end 15mm beads.

Slide the split ring of a chain link onto the wire loop. Close the wire loop.

Repeat for the second wire loop.

Step 6 of Making a Rosary Instructions: Close up of layout of one decade 
rosary crucifix drop.


Using the split ring pliers, open the second split ring on the first chain link. Slide the corresponding top ring on the rosary medallion onto it until the medallion is secure.

Repeat for the second top ring on the medallion.

Repeat for the bottom ring on the medallion with the next chain link.

Step 6a of Making a Rosary Instructions: Close up of layout of one decade 
rosary crucifix drop.


Using the chain nose pliers, open the wire loop on the end of the our Father 15mm bead.

Slide the split ring of the third chain link onto the wire loop. Close the wire loop.

Repeat to connect the fourth chain link to the our Father bead.

Step 6b of Making a Rosary Instructions: Close up of layout of one decade 
rosary crucifix drop.


Using the split ring pliers, open the last split ring on the fourth, or bottom, chain link.

Slide the ring of the crucifix onto the split until it is secure.

Step 6c of Making a Rosary Instructions: Close up of layout of one decade 
rosary crucifix drop.



You have completed your making a rosary instructions. Congratulations! You have made a one decade rosary. Lovely!

Making a Rosary Instructions: Completed one decade 
rosary.


See how easy making a rosary with wire and beads can be!

Now, you may also want to make your own rosary bracelet.

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