Handmade Artisan Beads for Christian Prayer

Northfield, Minnesota | 426 Sales


Handmade Artisan Beads for Christian Prayer

Northfield, Minnesota 426 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Note from shop owner I am taking a wee vacation, and will return 6/20/18

Prayer Bedes mission is to encourage Christian prayer. We acknowledge that there are many forms of prayer. One form is using the rich traditions of Christian prayer beads found throughout the world to help engage our body, mind, and spirit in our prayers.

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Last updated on Jun 3, 2018

I am taking a wee vacation, and will return 6/20/18

Prayer Bedes mission is to encourage Christian prayer. We acknowledge that there are many forms of prayer. One form is using the rich traditions of Christian prayer beads found throughout the world to help engage our body, mind, and spirit in our prayers.

Christine Stanton

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My fascination with beads goes back to my childhood. I specifically remember studying a tray of African trade beads that were sold at a small shop in my hometown. The fact that these little beads had traveled through many hands throughout the world, and survived the journey put me in a state of awe. There was also something about the fact they had not only been used for ornamental purposes but also for the practical purposes of monetary exchange that grasped my attention.

Now, decades later, I think of those beads when I am purchasing, designing, and stringing beads to make rosaries. As an artist and designer, I have often struggled with the purpose of what I create. Through the rosary, I have learned that art can be a tool for prayer and meditation.

Spiritual disciplines have always been something I admired but not always understood. The example my mother-in-law modeled of praying the rosary at set times throughout the day and the strength it seemed to give her was remarkable to me. Though I had turned Catholic when I married my husband, I had never adopted the rosary as a practice of prayer. I had always had a strong faith, but I had reservations about Marian devotions because of my Lutheran background. Little did I know that the process of creating Christian rosaries and prayer beads and their use in my own prayer life would become a tool for my own spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical healing.

In 1988 our oldest daughter, Maura, was diagnosed with cancer two months before her third birthday. For three years she endured numerous surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. Days after she started kindergarten in the fall of 1990, we found out that the cancer was again active. Maura’s doctor told us that the hope of more treatment being successful was futile. Knowing that she would die, Maura chose not to undergo any more treatment. Five months later, Maura died at home in our arms three days after her youngest brother was born.

In 1999, our eleven-year old daughter, Mary, woke up for school in the morning complaining that her head hurt and within minutes she was unconscious. I dialed 911 and she was rushed to our local hospital where physicians immediately transferred her to the intensive care unit at St. Paul Children’s Hospital. Tests showed that malformed blood vessels in her brain, which we were not aware of, had burst. She underwent surgery, but never regained consciousness. Ten days after she was rushed to the hospital, she died after emergency resuscitation attempts failed.

I had been working as an interior designer, a vocation that felt useless in light of the life and death struggles I had experienced. I was plagued with the question “Can beauty serve any necessary function?” I would ask myself, “What difference does it really make what color the walls are?” I no longer thought my artistic design skills served a real purpose. This led me to go back to school. Wanting to do something that helped people, I even considered the nursing field.

Then, one day I was searching the internet for a gift and found an Anglican rosary. I was familiar with the Catholic rosary, but I had never heard of a Protestant rosary. Upon further reading I discovered that rosaries are actually considered a form of Christian meditation. As I had been working on mindfulness meditation with my therapist to help me cope with recurrent panic attacks, the thought that this practice could also be found in Christian traditions made me want to know more. This led me to research the use of beads in Christian prayer and also make the practice a part of my own daily prayer life.

My hope and prayer is that, in some small way, the beads that I have created will also help others on their journey. No, rosaries and prayer beads are not a necessity for Christian prayer, but they can serve a practical purpose. They can be tools to help ground us in the biblical truths of our Christian faith and help us find the centering presence of God in our lives.

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Last updated on March 26, 2018
Prayer Bedes is an independently owned and operated business located in Northfield, Minnesota. All rosaries, chaplets, and prayer beads are one-of-a-kind (unless otherwise stated), artistically designed, and individually handcrafted in my studio with quality components.

They are strung on premium Soft Flex® 49 strand nylon-coated stainless steel wire. Soft Flex® wire provides a soft and flexible, yet, strong and durable component of heirloom quality—much more durable than traditional hooked chain rosaries. I also double crimp each connection for added strength

Prayer Bedes mission is to encourage Christian prayer. We acknowledge that there are many forms of prayer. One form is using the rich traditions of Christian prayer beads found throughout the world to help engage our body, mind, and spirit in our prayers.

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When you see “My Handmade Lampwork Glass” beads in a description, these beads have been handmade by me. Handmade Lampwork glass beads are created by melting a rod of glass in a hot flame and wrapping it around a metal rod, known as a mandrel. Decorations are all applied in the flame making them part of the bead versus being painted on. The beads are then annealed in a kiln to stabilize the glass and help prevent thermal stress fractures. Each bead is made one at a time, so no two beads are ever exactly alike.

The Bethlehem olivewood beads I use are environment friendly--made from the trimmings of the Bethlehem olive trees, which is an essential process that allows a new and healthier growth. No Tree is damaged or destroyed in the process of harvesting this wood.

Kazuri Founder - Lady Susan Wood was born (1918) in a mud hut in an African village. Her parents were missionaries from England in the Ituri Forest. Lady Wood was sent back to England to be educated and married Michael Wood, a surgeon. They came to Kenya in 1947. They were dedicated to making a difference and Lady Wood started a coffee plantation on the Karen Blixen estate, famous from the award winning movie "Out of Africa," at the foot of the Ngon'g Hills, about 30 minutes from the bustling Nairobi city center in Kenya. Lady Wood was a visionary, an unsung hero of her time. She assisted her husband in founding the East African Flying Doctor Service, which expanded into the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) of which Michael Wood was Director General for 29 years. Michael Wood was knighted in 1985.

In 1975, Lady Susan Wood set up a fledging business making beads in a small shed in her back garden. She started by hiring two disadvantaged women, and quickly realized that there were many more women who were in need of jobs and so Kazuri Beads was created and began its long and successful journey as a help center for the needy women especially single mothers who had no other source of income. In 1988 Kazuri became a factory and expanded hugely with over 120 women and men. Here women are trained and apply their skills to produce these unique and beautiful beads and jewelry. The beads are made with clay from the Mt Kenya area thus giving them authenticity to their craft. The factory acts as a social gathering with the hum of voices continuing throughout the day. With unemployment so high, one jobholder often ends up providing for an "extended family" of 20 or more. Kazuri is a member of the Fair Trade Act

Today Kazuri, the Swahili word for 'small and beautiful' produces a wide range of hand made, hand painted ceramic jewelry that shines with a kaleidoscope of African colors and Kenyan art that reflects a culture and appeal to a worldwide fashion market. Kazuri's beautifully finished products are made to an international standard and are sold worldwide. These standards are maintained through high training standards and a highly motivated management team.

In 2001 Mark and Regina Newman bought the company and their goal is to further increase the size of the company and to maintain the guiding philosophy ... to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan Society.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
All returns must be made within 30 days of purchase in the same condition received. Shipping fees are non-refundable and returns may be subject to restocking fees. Please email us at prayerbedes [!at] before you ship.

All prayer beads are guaranteed to last a lifetime with normal use. If breakage does occur with normal use within the first year, please email us at prayerbedes [!at] to arrange complementary repair.
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A 6.875% sales tax will be added to Minnesota orders.
All items $33+ are shipped via USPS Priority Mail®* unless otherwise stated. The cost of shipping one item USPS Priority Mail within the U.S. is $7.20. If you are ordering more than one item and shipping them to the same address, I will ship them together with a cost of $0.01 for each additional item.

Items under $33* shipped within the US will be sent via USPS First Class Parcel Post and a cost of $3.00.

Please check listing for type of shipping quoted.*

For international shipping, please email me at prayerbedes [!at] before checkout for a quote.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are always welcome!

For the safety of small children that might put the beads in their mouths or choke on a piece that might break off, I need to add the disclaimer that prayer beads are not recommended for children.

I try to purchase pewter components that are lead-free. However, for me to personally guarantee that, I would need to have each bead tested. Consequently, I cannot guarantee that the pewter components I use are lead-free.