Franciscan Crown Rosaries and Other Handmade Rosaries

Omaha, Nebraska · 920 Sales


Franciscan Crown Rosaries and Other Handmade Rosaries

Omaha, Nebraska 920 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   I craft "rosaries with personality" so you can find one (or more!) that expresses your personality or that of the individual you're buying it for. Contact me if you have an idea for a custom order.


Last updated on Apr 7, 2016

I craft "rosaries with personality" so you can find one (or more!) that expresses your personality or that of the individual you're buying it for. Contact me if you have an idea for a custom order.

Trudy Shaw

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Trudy Shaw


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have not had this rosary in my shop for awhile because I could not find the bud beads anywhere but just discovered a few that were available so it is back


Sonnets in Stone and Glass (and Wood and Shells and...)

Several years ago I realized how much time I was spending on the computer, between my "day job" of editing medical research manuscripts and grants and my creative efforts at writing and computer graphics, and was looking for a pastime that would have me touching something other than keys and my mouse. I came across a site that offered rosary-making kits and ordered one. While that was the only kit I ever ordered (putting my own materials together is so much more fun), I've never stopped making rosaries.

Unlike a lot of rosary makers, except for a few pieces for myself I've never expanded into making jewelry. One reason for that is the joy of knowing I'm adding in a small way to people's spiritual lives. Another, I think, is the challenge of following the built-in "limitations" of designing a rosary. I compare it to writing a sonnet rather than free verse. There are very specific patterns to follow, but within those patterns there are infinite possibilities for creative expression. The possibilities are especially broad with beading wire rosaries (the only kind I make) because they can be made from just about anything that can be strung on wire.

I do use more than one pattern to design my "poems":

Having been a Secular ("Third Order") Franciscan since 1990, that first kit I ordered was for a Franciscan Crown rosary, and those account for almost half of the rosaries I've sold on Etsy. I know from experience how difficult it is to find Franciscan Crowns, especially if you want something other than plain black beads, so I try to offer a variety.

A couple of years ago, I learned to make Lutheran prayer beads for a craft show held at a Lutheran school. They didn't sell very well at the craft show, but when I posted the "leftovers" on Etsy they sold quite well, so I've kept carrying them. (I used to make Anglican rosaries, but lately I've been referring people who want those to a fellow Etsy seller who makes nothing but Anglican rosaries - there's a link to her shop in my shop announcement.)

I also make one-decade rosaries and an occasional chaplet and, of course, I make more "regular" five-decade Catholic rosaries than I do any other kind. I welcome custom orders and enjoy working with customers to create the rosary they want.

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    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Trudy Shaw, with the help of her quality control team who oversee every detail, has been making rosaries for only a few years, but she's been creating all her life.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 6, 2015
First of all, to any allergy sufferers, you should know that I share my living and working space with cats.

Unless specifically stated in a listing, my items are not for use by children below the age of 13.

To Nebraska residents regarding sales tax: My sales tax calculator is set to collect 7.0% sales tax. This is the correct rate if you live in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Ralston, Lincoln, Grand Island, Blair, North Platte, Fremont, and many other towns - all those that add 1.5% local sales tax to the state tax of 5.5%. If your town adds 0%, 0.5% or 1.0% (or if you're not sure what your local rate is) please convo me before ordering. I can set up a PayPal invoice for you with the correct amount of tax. Note that this is *only* for Nebraska residents.

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Returns and exchanges
If you don't receive your purchase in a timely manner or have any other problem with it, please let me know through a convo at Etsy. If the problem cannot be worked out, I will refund the purchase price if the item is returned within 30 days of purchase. To keep things as simple as possible, the refund will include the cost you paid for original shipping, but you will need to pay the postage/shipping to send the item back.

Nothing I make is unbreakable. If an item breaks or needs restringing due to regular use at any time after purchase, if you send it to me (at your cost) I'll repair it using the best match I can find for any broken or lost beads. Since I may need to order supplies, I can't make any guarantees on how long this will take, but after the item is repaired I'll send it back to you. If within a year of purchase, the repair and return shipping will be at my cost. If more than a year after purchase, I will ask that you reimburse me for needed supplies and return shipping.

Note: Nothing I sell is intended for children - some of the "cutest" items are the most breakable. In addition, my items have not had the ingredient testing necessary for children's products.
I accept payments through PayPal (you can pay either from your own Paypal account balance or through a major credit card accepted by PayPal) and by credit card through Etsy's direct checkout. You can also pay by personal check, but since the order won't be sent until the check clears, you'll have a wait between the time I receive your payment and the time I send your order. This includes PayPal echecks.
Because of the schedule of my day job, I ship within three business days. Shipping is by USPS first class or priority mail, depending on the weight, and is free within the United States; see individual items for shipping costs to other countries. I'll add insurance at my end on any orders over $75 USD. International customers, if there are customs or other governmental fees applicable you will need to take care of them.
Additional policies and FAQs
On flexible beading wire:

All of my rosaries are made using 49-strand, nylon-coated flexible beading wire, the highest grade available. They are as flexible as traditional rosaries, but have no links that can get caught on clothing, etc. They can break, however, especially at the points where the center and the cross are connected to the rest of the rosary. In case of breakage, see my policy on restringing, above. Note that on items properly made with flexible wire, you will feel some "give" in the beads and will see small areas of visible wire - this construction avoids breakage that can come from the wire being too taut.

On the Franciscan Crown Rosary:

The Franciscan Crown Rosary celebrates the seven joys of Mary - Well, what would you expect from Franciscans? The decades are listed below. Begin immediately with the decades. After all seven decades are prayed, continue to the Hail Mary's and Our Father's indicated on the rosary's stem. The first two Hail Mary's (grouped together on the rosary) added to the 70 in the decades commemorate "the 72 years of Mary's life on earth." I don't know who decided that Mary lived for 72 years, but I appreciate the symbolism even if the number isn't exact. The closing Our Father and Hail Mary are said for the intentions of the pope.


1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation to Elizabeth
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Adoration of the Magi
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
6. The Resurrection of Jesus
7. Mary's Assumption and Coronation

There are at least three possible arrangements for the beads on the "stem" of a Franciscan Crown rosary. I tend to favor the one that some people consider outdated, because it makes the most sense to me:
Ave--Ave--Pater--Ave (4 beads).

Many use a 5-bead arrangement:
Pater--Ave--Ave--Pater--Ave, using the first Pater bead for the Our Father of the first decade. This doesn't make as much sense to me, because it involves skipping over the crucifix and then coming back again. I have made a few rosaries with this arrangement, though, since it's very common.

Either of these two arrangements is correct and doesn't affect how the prayers are said.

You might even see some rosaries that use the regular (Dominican) bead arrangement on the stem:
Of course, you can use any rosary to pray the Franciscan Crown, but the Dominican arrangement of the stem isn't proper for a Franciscan Crown rosary.