One Decade Rosary Beads
This design is slightly different to the usual one.
The advantages of this design as I see it are:
- The final end of the cord is hidden, looks better, and also is less likely to unravel.
- The beads, even though it is only one decade, it can be used to pray the full Rosary of five decades,
because having the extra 5 beads next to the Crucifix, means that all necessary beads are included.
- No different techniques are necessary - other than those which Rosary Makers already are
familiar with - feeding on the beads, tying the joining knot, attaching the Crucifix and hiding
the cord end back in the last bead.
Whether you adopt this design or stay with what you have already been doing is up to you.
How To Make.
- The cord length is 22 inches. The easiest way to do this is to take a piece of timber, anywhere
from 1/4 inch thick to 3/4 inch, approx.2 inches wide, and 11 inches long. (In place of timber you could
use stiff cardboard. Cut up an old corrugated cardboard carton into two pieces say 11 inches long by
3 inches wide, and glue them together to stiffen them.
- Cut a small piece out of the centre of each end, leaving a small section jutting out on each side,
so that when you wind the cord on it doesn't slip off.
- Wind the cord around it as many times as you wish, say 10 or 20 times.
- Slip a pencil or a peg or a small piece of wood between the cords and the timber, about in the centre,
so that the cords are slightly elevated from the timber. Then brush some stiffening liquid on to the cords
just near the pencil, and for a length of about 2 inches. I use Sanding Sealer, but fabric stiffener would
do as well, or nail polish or similar.
I have also used Selley's Aquadhere (PVA glue) - it's not bad, but not as good as Sanding Sealer.
Note: Brown cord is stiffer than white cord, so if using Brown cord you could possibly omit this step.
- When the cord is dry ( say next day) cut through the cords in the middle of the stiffened area,
and you have a number of cords stiffened on each end.
If you do the cut on the diagonal, rather than straight across, both ends will be slightly pointed,
making them easier to slip through the beads.
- Tie a loose knot about 4 inches from one end, and slip ten beads on from the other end.
- Now untie that loose knot, and bring the two pieces of the cord together. One will be about
3 inches long, and the other will be about 16 inches long.
- Using the plastic tool for Cord Rosary making, tie the two ends together in the usual way.
- Slip a bead over both pieces of cord, and cut off the short piece of cord where it emerges from that bead.
- Using the plastic tool, tie a knot in the usual way against that bead.
- Feed on 3 more beads, and tie a knot as before.
- Slip on the final bead, and the Crucifix, and attach the Crucifix as you would in an ordinary
Cord Rosary, feeding the end of the cord back through the final bead, and then cut off the projecting bit.
- You could us a different coloured bead for the two Our Father Beads if you wish, or all the same colour,
its just a matter of personal preference.