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Last month, we got our new ride which I really like. We've been thinking about getting a new one for a while then decided just last month. I was reluctant at first because I love our Civic and it still looked very handsome, well it still does, it's with my father-in-law now, but my husband wanted to get a bigger one so I gave in. We got a Toyota Fortuner which he describes as "handsome and macho". In the battle between Montero and Fortuner, the latter won our hearts, haha. My brother got a Montero a few months ago and we were able to inspect it closely which helped us to finally decide on getting the other one. I guess Everest was also an option.
Anyway, my husband asked me to make a new rosary to hang on the rear-view mirror because he's leaving the one in the old car where it is. I'm happy everytime my husband asks me to make something for him because I feel that he appreciates what I do. He doesn't really comment about the stuff I make here for our home like the organizers, decors, etc. but I know he supports me for he lets me buy whatever I want for my craft projects. So, since I was glad to be asked to make this rosary, I chose the best materials I have.
There are now shorter versions of the rosary, the ones worn as bracelets or charms which some prefer so they can take the rosary anywhere with them. To make one, decide on the length you want to end up with, the bigger the beads used the longer the rosary will be. For the full rosary, the following materials are needed:
- String or cord
- 53 beads for the Hail Marys
- 6 beads for the Lord's Prayers (can be the same as the Hail Marys or bigger)
- 1 big bead for the center or one of those embossed metal charms specially made for this purpose
- spacer beads
This is a sterling silver pendant I removed from its chain. I used to wear necklaces before, now that I have a baby I don't anymore as she always pulls them.
I have 6mm dark red rubies for the decades or the Hail Marys, a 12mm purple jade for the center or the Hail Holy Queen, and 8mm garnet stones for the Lord's Prayers.
This sterling silver metallic flex wire is very durable, it says on the package that the test strength is 13 lbs. and when knotted, the knot stays tight and secure.
These gemstones are Tanzanite, very rare, it can only be found in one place, Tanzania, and a bit more expensive than the others in this project. I used these as spacers between the bigger beads.
There's really no need for a tutorial, I think, as it's simply stringing the beads to the wire, just arrange them according to the right sequence. I just looked up an illustration of the rosary's anatomy online to be sure and went to work. It's like making a simple bead necklace except you would have the crucifix section up to the center as the pendant and instead of putting on locks, tie the cord to finish and hide the knot among the beads.
Here it is hanging perfectly on the rear-view mirror. My daughter loves the color of the beads and she always wants to grab it, good thing she listens to her Papa when she's told not to.
Meet Tuni, our new baby, we call her that because well, she's a Fortuner. My husband's car when we we're still dating was named Vic-ci (pronounced as Vixi) because it's a Civic, then the last one we had, also a Civic, was Ivi from i-VTEC. Do you also name your cars? It's actually fun playing with the letters from the model or the make to come up with the name though it can be just anything else.
And this is what's inside, us, haha, with my baby behaved on her car seat. We're gonna have a car blessing this week before our long trip and we'll have the rosary blessed, too.
Thanks for visiting. Have a blessed day!