sonshinebeads

Handmade rosaries and personalized jewelry

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sonshinebeads

Handmade rosaries and personalized jewelry

1 Sale On Etsy since 2010

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Last updated on March 17, 2011
To me, a rosary is more than just a set of pretty beads. The smooth or textured feel of the beads beneath my fingers, the weight of the beads in my hands, the visible symbol of my prayers...all these things immediately draw my heart, mind, and physical senses toward my Lord. They bring me comfort in times of anxiety, strength in times of stress, answers to the ponderings of my heart, and gladness in times of thanksgiving. The graces I receive from praying the rosary inspired me to begin making rosaries of my own, and this is my way of sharing the treasure I have found with others.

While I certainly enjoy making rosaries and jewelry using the finest materials, many of us have limited budgets. For this reason, I create rosaries and jewelry using different materials and in different price ranges. Regardless of the price tag, my rosaries and jewelry are made to last.

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A rosary is a special item, intended to draw your heart and mind toward prayer. If you are not happy with your rosary for any reason, return it within 10 days of receipt for a refund or exchange.
Payment
I will accept Paypal, and I will expect payment within 5 business days of transaction.
Shipping
At this time, I am shipping to the United States only. Items will generally ship within a day or two of purchase, with the exception of custom items. I will ship in the least expensive way possible and will be happy to combine shipping on multiple items.
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How do I make my rosaries?
My rosaries and jewelry are strung on 0.14 21-strand flex wire, which makes them durable, yet they still drape nicely. Sterling silver crimp beads are used on all rosaries jewelry, due to their extra durability. The crimp covers will match as closely as possible the other metals used.
I use a variety of glass, crystal, gemstone, and metal beads. I can make heirloom-quality items with sterling silver, or I can make more affordable items with base metal or pewter. The spacer beads are generally glass, unless otherwise specified. If metal beads are used, they will be the same metal as used for the rest of the piece (ie., sterling silver with sterling silver). Regardless of the materials used, my goal is to create something beautiful that will last.

Are my rosaries and jewelry durable?
One of the reasons I wanted to learn to make flex-wire rosaries of my own is because of the trouble I've had with the chain rosaries I've bought coming apart. I once paid a lot of money for a very nice sterling silver and gemstone chain rosary, and it came apart and had to be fixed so many times that I finally restrung it on wire. We've had this same problem with almost every chain rosary we've had in our family. Stringing them on wire has solved this issue.
I have also worn a necklace made in a similar way for about 8 years now, despite numerous toddlers pulling on it throughout the years. Of all the rosaries and jewelry that I've had, the ones that I've made myself have definitely been the most durable.
Of course, glass and gemstone beads may chip if dropped on a hard surface. As durable as my rosaries are, I would still not recommend them for a toddler toy.
I have read that the flexwire will deteriorate over time, especially with heavy usage, and that rosaries and jewelry should be re-strung 2-3 years. However, I've personally found that with normal use (ie. using it for prayers), that the rosaries I've made have lasted for much longer with no signs of deterioration.
If you have rosaries or jewelry that you would like re-strung, email me.

How should you care for your rosary/jewelry?
Some beads can be damaged by jewelry cleaners, so I do not recommend using jewelry cleaner or dipping the rosaries into any cleaning solution to clean them. The beads can be cleaned with gentle soap, warm water, and a soft toothbrush to clean between them if needed. Pearls especially are fragile and should avoid contact with harsh detergents, hairspray, or perfume. I've always heard that "pearls should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off."
Silver and pewter can both be shined up with a gentle toothpaste and soft toothbrush or polishing cloth.
Oxidized metals will turn darker over time; some people like this look as it gives the rosaries an "heirloom" look. If you want to keep your base metal rosaries looking shinier for longer, keep them in a plastic pouch.

Do I guarantee my work?
Broken bracelets and necklaces will be repaired or lost charms replaced at no charge for 30 days after purchase. After that, I will repair them or replace charms for a reasonable fee.
Broken rosaries will always be repaired at no charge, no time limit. Simply send me the pieces. If you have another rosary that you would like repaired, email me.