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Handcrafted; Heirloom, Keepsake and Remembrance Rosaries

The Process

Step Number 1

Step Number 1

This is where it all begins, the first step of many in creating a “truly personalized and one-of-a-kind;” Sacramental.

Each Keepsake and Remembrance Rosary is individually handcrafted and lovingly created, exclusively for you; the prayer.

The first step in the creation of a Keepsake or Remembrance Rosary is to slice the raw bead material into thin strips in preparation for the conditioning process.

Step Number 2

Step Number 2

The second step is conditioning the raw bead material.

After each slice has been individually hand conditioned; the individual slices are slowly joined together in order to make a larger and larger “sheet” of bead material.

Conditioning of the raw bead material is the first crucial step in the process of creating each Keepsake and Remembrance Rosary.

The reason for conditioning the raw bead material is two-fold.

First, if the raw bead material is not properly conditioned; the bead material will remain brittle and fall apart during the rolling process.

Secondly, if not correctly conditioned; during firing, the beads will not properly cure and become “rock hard;” whereby lacking the durability to be used as a daily Sacramental.

Step Number 3

Step Number 3

The third step is individually hand cutting each Ave Maria and Pater Noster bead.

As they are individually cut, the beads are set aside and the remaining bead material is collected and reconditioned to ensure the molecules remain in alignment and to ensure bead uniformity; regardless of whether it is the first hand cut bead of the Rosary or the last.

All Keepsake and Remembrance Rosaries are created using the following sizes for the Rosary beads: Ave Maria (Hail Mary) beads are 8mm and Pater Noster (Our Father) beads are 10mm.

Traditionally, most Rosaries are constructed using 6mm or 8mm Ave Maria beads and 8mm or 10mm Pater Noster beads. However, several Rosaries available on Thankful for the Scars feature “non-traditional” bead sizes for both the Ave Maria and Pater Noster beads with the reason for doing so explained in the Rosary descriptions.

Step Number 4

Step Number 4

The fourth step is the preparing, drying and flaking of the flowers/flower petals to be used in the Rosary.

The petals are removed from the flower and “trimmed” to remove blemishes; utilizing only the most colorful parts of the petals for the creation of the Rosary.

Once trimmed, the petals are carefully dried utilizing a closely monitored, time and temperature regulated process to best ensure color uniformity.

After being dried, the flower petals are ground to create “flakes” which are hand-mixed into the bead material prior to the beads being rolled.

A full, five-decade Rosary; (53) Ave Maria beads and (6) Pater Noster beads, requires the petals from approximately 2-3 full-size roses or an equivalent amount of flower petals. However, Single-Decade or Tenner Rosaries can be created with only a few petals.

PLEASE NOTE: As shown in the picture, when flowers are dried and the moisture is removed, many flowers, especially roses; darken in color and may also change in tone. Prior to being dried, the roses pictured were dark pink in color.

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Step Number 5

Step Number 5

In the fifth step, the hand cut Ave Maria and Pater Noster beads are hand kneaded and flattened in order to maximize the surface area of each bead in preparation for the addition of the flaked flower pedals.

The picture illustrates this step completed for a full, five-decade Rosary.

Each bead has been prepared and is now ready for the addition of the flaked flower petals in the next step.

Step Number 6

Step Number 6

The sixth step is where the dried flower petals are mixed into the conditioned bead material and each bead is then “roughly” hand-rolled in preparation for the next step.

Dried flower flakes are kneaded and worked into both sides of the bead material. Each bead is then molded and shaped, being “roughly formed,” into a round shape in preparation for the next step.

Great care is taken to ensure that “just the right amount” of flaked flower petals are added to each bead; in order to maintain uniformity throughout the Rosary.

NOTE: If using a dark colored flower and a light colored bead material, the flower color may “bleed” into the bead material and cause the bead material to appear to have a tint of color. This is most common when using white bead material and very dark flower flakes.

Step Number 7

Step Number 7

In the seventh step, the roughly formed beads are placed into a mold and repeatedly hand-rolled to ensure that all beads are uniform in size, shape and appearance.

Depending upon whether a bead is an Ave Maria (Hail Mary) bead or a Pater Noster (Our Father) bead determines which size mold is used.

As stated before, all Ave Maria beads in the Keepsake and Remembrance Collection are rolled to a size of 8mm and all Pater Noster beads are rolled to a size of 10mm.

After all of the beads for the Rosary have been “finished” rolled; the uncured beads are placed into curing compound and oven-fired.

The firing process hardens and solidifies the bead material in order to make the beads “rock hard.” This process ensures a durability which will allow the Rosary to be used as a daily Sacramental.

NOTE: All handmade and handcrafted Sacramentals in the Keepsake and Remembrance Collection are created to be used as a daily Sacramental. A Rosary that looks pretty but sits in a box or in a pouch serves no purpose. These Rosaries are created with a single prayer and hope in mind; that by praying with them they will help to mend any wounds that the prayer may have and will help them in their journey Home to Heaven.

Step Number 8

Step Number 8

The eighth step, is individually hand-drilling each Ave Maria and Pater Noster bead that will be used in the Keepsake or Remembrance Rosary.

After the beads have been properly fired and cooled, each bead in the Rosary is individually “rough-buffed” to remove the curing compound.

Once all of the beads have been buffed, the beads are individually hand-drilled to provide a hole through which the (49) forty-nine strand jewelry wire will be run during the final step in the process; construction of the Rosary.

As explained in previous steps and dependent upon whether a bead is an Ave Maria or a Pater Noster bead; a properly sized mold is used to securely hold the beads in place while the holes are drilled.

Use of a mold ensures uniformity in the location and size of the holes drilled into the beads.

After all of the beads have been drilled, the beads are once again “buffed” to remove any shavings which may have accumulated during the drilling process and the beads are now prepared for finishing.

Dependent upon the preference of the prayer for which the Keepsake and/or Remembrance Rosary is being created for; Rosary beads are finished and sealed with a choice of either a Gloss or a Matte finish.

Step Number 9

Step Number 9

The ninth step in the process is determining the remainder of the pieces which will be used in the next and final step of the Process; assembly of the Rosary.

Unless specifically stated during the ordering process by the prayer for which the Rosary is being created, in all honesty; this step may be completed quickly or it may take a little time.

I share this because the completion of this step is completely dependent upon the guidance and stirrings which the Holy Spirit prayerfully places upon my heart.

And God in His infinite Wisdom ALWAYS knows what will touch and move the heart of the prayer that I am creating the Rosary for.

I begin this step with a general concept in mind, what bead caps I think would look nice, the color or size of the spacer and accents beads; but then I simply pray, “Come Holy Spirit and open the eyes and the ears of my heart and my mind; and speak to me in a way so that I will understand and gain the Wisdom which you are leading me to.”

And He hasn’t failed me yet and I know He never will.

And in trustful surrender, I begin trying different spacer and accent bead colors, cuts and bead arrangements; and without fail when “I finally understand” what the Holy Spirit has been trying to tell me, my heart simply knows, “THAT’s IT!”

Step Number 10

Step Number 10

The tenth and final step in the process is the creation of the Rosary. In this step, I humbly and reverently put together the Rosary which I lovingly made for you.

This is probably my favorite step.

Not because my labor of love is “done;” but because during this step, I sing Praise and Worship songs from my different playlists to Our God as I’m assembling your Rosary.

In this step, I thank Him over and over again for all of the countless Blessings that He has and continues to give me in my life.

And in this step, I tell Him the deepest truth of my heart; “Thank You. Thank you for loving me and for never giving up on me.”

I am; I am “Thankful for the Scars;”

‘Cause without them I wouldn’t know Your (His) Heart.

And with my life, I’ll tell of who You are;

So forever, I am; “Thankful for the Scars.”