By Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Happy 2015, my creative friends! For today’s post, we are to feature our favorite tool or technique of 2014. The tool that I have fallen in love with the past year has to be the 1 Step Looper from BeadSmith.
Recently, I was commissioned to make a rosary for a client. I knew that this was the perfect situation for my 1 Step Looper. By using the 1 Step Looper, I probably cut my time to make the rosary in at least half. The rosary was to be a gift for a very important person in their lives, so I decided to use some outstanding grade A amethyst that was faceted for the “Hail Mary” beads. I also used clear AB Swarovski Crystals for the “Our Father” sections to make it extra special.
Here is how to make your own rosary.
- 53 – 8mm faceted round Grade A amethyst
- 6 – 8mm bicone Swarovski Crystals in Clear AB
- 59 – 2 inch silver eye pins
- 6 inch piece of chain
- 1 – 5mm jump ring
- 3 – 3mm jump rings
- 1 silver cross
- 1 silver rosary center
- Round Nose Pliers
- 1 Step Looper
1. Insert eye pin into 1 amethyst bead.
2. Using your 1 Step Looper, create a loop at the opposite end of your eye pin.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all your amethyst beads and the Swarovski crystals.
4. Link your amethyst beads together using your round nose pliers. Make 5 sections of 10 beads and one section of 3 beads.
5. Join together a section of 10 amethyst beads, one link of silver chain, one Swarovski crystal, one link of silver chain, and another section of 10 amethyst beads. Do this until all the sections of 10 amethyst beads are connected. Add one link of silver chain to both ends of the chain you just created.
6. To create the center chain, link together 3 links of silver chain, one Swarovski crystal, 3 links of silver chain, the section of 3 amethyst beads, 3 links of silver chain, one Swarovski crystal, and 3 links of silver chain. Attach the cross to the bottom of the chain you made using your 5mm jump ring.
7. Connect the ends of your long piece of chain to the top two circles of your center piece using 2 of the 3mm jump rings and connect the piece with the cross to the bottom circle of the center piece using the last 3mm jump ring.
8. (optional) Go through your rosary with your round nose pliers and make sure all your connections are tightly closed.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know in the comments above what you would make with a 1 Step Looper, or if you have one, what projects you have make.
Here’s to wishing you a New Year filled with creativity, joy, peace, prosperity, and lots and lots of beads!