i mentioned that i made rosary beads in my first experience with Mary post. i am trying to find the appropriate backdrop so i can do a little show & tell here - they are really quite *groo-vay* as my kids would say because they are unique in the appearance. i have made each set differently - for my boys' sets, i added their saints medals to the center (st. maximilian kolbe for max and st. augustine for ben) and theirs were more specialized, so i used sterling silver for everything - they were not cheap to make, i can assure you, but worth it because both boys love them.
i made a set for a girl in my ccd class who teased me over the fact that i made beads in the first place - they were black with an irridescent glow to them, not your normal prayer-like beads and she loved them...another student asked me to make a set for her father, which i finished last weekend. i have to give them to her on monday.
today i got my supplies in from my favorite on-line company, the rosary shop, whose owner i have become so familiar with i know him by first name (seth, by the way). i am excited because i have decided to make my entire 8th grade class a set of their own beads - the centers i chose were of Our Lady of Lourdes because there is a little bit of water self-contained in the center - since our parish's patroness is St. Bernadette, i felt it would be very cool to include her somehow, and i am glad i did.
the only problem i have at the moment is i cannot find my camera and my phone on my camera is not much to write home about...
by the way - i've never sold any beads and they are not blessed prior to my giving them away (the set for my student was, and it was so selfish, but i wanted to keep them because one of my favorite priests blessed them. *sigh* other than that, no selling of blessed articles. i don't need the vatican after me...)