Rosary Instructions, 
Jewelry Making Instructions


Easy rosary instructions to make a rosary necklace with beading wire. Learn step by step how to make a rosary bead necklace!

Rosary Bead Necklace

This is a bead stringing project for making a rosary.

We'll use a simple jewelry making technique: crimping beading wire, or flexwire.

If you are just beginning at jewelry making you will find this technique easy to do.

An example of a rosary made with rosary instructions

Prerequisite Bead Stringing Instructions

If you are an absolute beginner at making jewelry, learn and practice how to string beads first.

List of Rosary Making Supplies to Make a Rosary Necklace

  • 1 crucifix
  • 1 2-to-1 rosary medallion jewelry connector (rosary center)
  • 53 4mm round beads (your choice of color)
  • 54 liquid silver spacer beads (sterling silver)
  • 12 3mm spacer beads (sterling silver)
  • 6 8mm beads (Austrian crystals, your choice of color)
  • 4 tube crimp beads
  • 4 crimp covers (optional)
  • 26" (66 cm) length .014 diameter flexible beading wire
    (for five decade rosary section of the rosary necklace)
  • 6" (15.2 cm) length .014 diameter flexible beading wire
    (for the rosary drop that holds the crucifix)
  • beading board

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.

Beaded Rosary Instructions: How to String Rosary Beads

1. Gather your supplies, tools and beading board.

Layout the bead pattern for your handcrafted rosary as shown in the two photos below.

Step 1 of Rosary Instructions: Layout beads on a beading board.
The rosary center medallion, 50 hail Mary, 4 our father and spacer beads make up the necklace portion of the beaded rosary. Ten hail Mary beads separate each of the 4 our father beads.

The crucifix, two our father and three hail Mary beads make up the rosary necklace drop.

Step 1 of Rosary Instructions: Layout of beads showing 
the position of Hail Mary, Our Father beads and spacer beads on a beading board.
Layout of beads on a beading board to make a rosary.
Position of hail Mary, our father and spacer beads
and other rosary parts.

2. Beginning with the beads to the left of the rosary center medallion, string beads onto beading wire (do not cut wire before stringing the beads) that extends from the spool.

Step 2 of Rosary Instructions: 
String all of the beads onto the beading wire.

3. String all of the beads that make up the five decade necklace portion of the beaded rosary onto the beading wire.

Step 3 of Rosary Instructions: 
String all of the beads that make up the five decades onto the beading wire.


4. About 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) from the end of the beading wire, bend it back onto itself.

Step 4 of Rosary Instructions: 
Make a bend in the beading wire.

How to Make a Rosary: Beaded Rosary Instructions Continued

5. Thread a crimp bead and the left top ring of the rosary medallion (front side facing you) onto the end of the beading wire.

Step 5 of Rosary Instructions: 
Thread a crimp bead and the left top ring of the rosary medallion 
onto the end of the beading wire.

6. Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead.

Step 6 of Rosary Instructions: 
Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead.

7. Crimp the crimp bead.

Step 7 of Rosary Instructions: 
Crimp the crimp bead.

Thread the beading wire end through the three sterling silver spacer, beads bringing them next to the crimped crimp bead.

Step 7a of Rosary Instructions: 
Thread the beading wire end through the three sterling silver spacer beads.

Trim the excess beading wire.

Step 7b of Rosary Instructions: 
Trim the excess beading wire.

8. Bring all the beads down the beading wire next to the three spacer beads.

Leaving about a 2" (5.1 cm) length of beading wire to work with, cut the beading wire.

Step 8 of Rosary Instructions: 
Bring all the beads down the beading wire next to the three spacer beads, 
leave a 2

How to Make a Rosary
Beaded Rosary Instructions Continued

9. Repeat Steps 5 through 7, but thread the beading wire through the top right ring of the rosary medallion.

Step 9 of Rosary Instructions: 
Repeat Steps 5 through 7 but thread the beading wire through the 
top right ring of the rosary medallion.

This is what the rosary center area should look like after crimping the crimp bead and trimming the excess wire.

Step 9a Rosary Instructions: 
This is what the rosary center area should look like after crimping the 
crimp bead and trimming the excess wire.

Add covers over the crimped crimp beads, if desired.

Step 9b Rosary Instructions: 
Add covers over the crimped crimp beads, if desired.

10. Thread all of the beads that make up the rosary drop onto the beading wire (do not cut wire before stringing the beads) that extends from the spool.

Step 10 Rosary Instructions: 
Thread all of the beads that make up the rosary drop onto the beading wire.

Attach the crucifix drop to the rosary center.

11. Thread a crimp bead onto the beading wire.

Thread the bottom ring of the rosary medallion onto the beading wire.

Step 11 of Rosary Instructions: 
Thread a crimp bead onto the beading wire. Then 
thread the bottom ring of the rosary medallion onto the beading wire.

12. Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead.

Step 12 of Rosary Instructions: 
Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead.

Crimp the crimp bead.

Step 12a of Rosary Instructions: 
Crimp the crimp bead.

Add a crimp cover, if desired.

Step 12b of Rosary Instructions: 
Add a crimp cover, if desired.


How to Make a Rosary
Beaded Rosary Instructions Continued

13. Thread the beading wire end through the three sterling silver spacer, beads bringing them next to the crimped crimp bead.

Step 13 of Rosary Instructions: 
Thread the beading wire end through the three sterling silver spacer, 
beads bringing them next to the crimped crimp bead.

Trim the excess wire. Bring all the beads down the beading wire next the spacer beads.

Step 13a of Rosary Instructions: 
Crimp the crimp bead.

14. Make a bend in the wire.

Thread a crimp bead onto the beading wire.

Thread the end of the beading wire through the ring on top of the crucifix.

Step 14 of Rosary Instructions: 
Make a bend in the wire. Thread a crimp bead onto the beading wire. 
Thread the end of the beading wire through the ring on top of the crucifix.

Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead and three spacer beads.

Pull the wire to draw all the beads up against the crucifix.

Crimp the crimp bead.

Step 14a of Rosary Instructions: 
Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead and three spacer beads. 
Pull the wire to draw all the beads up against the crucifix. 
Crimp the crimp bead.

Trim the excess beading wire.

Add a crimp cover over the crimped crimp bead, if desired.

Step 14b of Rosary Instructions: 
Trim the excess beading wire. 
Add a crimp cover over the crimped crimp bead, if desired.

You're done! You now know how to make a rosary with beading wire (flexwire).

Results of completing theses rosary instructions:  
A beautiful beaded rosary necklace.
A beautiful beaded rosary necklace.


Stringing Beads to Make a Rosary

These are very step by step rosary instructions.

But the result is well worth the effort don't you think!

Every time I make a rosary, I am just filled with such a sense of peace. I wish the same for you!

Using these same jewelry making techniques, try making a rosary of one decade that can be hung up or carried in your hand.


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