|They come 8 to a bag so I bought 4 bags to give my main string 32 beads.|
( If you are making an actual rosary you will need way more than that)
|Notice that these are smaller than the 1" beads above. I bought 1 pack of these because I only needed 3.|
(again, if you are making a rosary, you will need a different amount)
|you could also use canvas string or anytime of jewelry making string|
|these come 3 to a pack but I only used 2|
-materials I already had laying around: Liquid Leaf in gold, Country Gray chalk paint by ASCP, brushes, super glue, drill with small drill bit. *sidenote-you can use any paint (acrylic, house paint, chalk paint, whatever!)
First, I started by painting all of my beads the same color, Country Gray by ASCP. To thoroughly cover each bead with paint, I held them one at a time in between my pointer finger and thumb with my left hand and painted with my right hand. (this may sound like it took forever but I used a brush that was equally as wide as the beads so it really only took a few seconds per bead) Chalk paint dries so quickly that I was able to set them down on a towel right after painting each bead and never had to go back and do any touch ups. After all of my beads were painted, I started stringing the larger ones first. After loading all 32 of them onto a piece of twine, I tied a double knot at the top of the necklace, leaving 1/4" of wiggle room in the strand to attach the cross at the bottom. After tying the double knot I cut the twine down as close to the knot as I could so that there wasn't any excess twine leftover.
Next, it was time to attach the 3 smaller beads and the cross to the bottom of the strand. I tied another double knot in the leftover space I just mentioned with a second piece of twine. This knot was in the very center of the beads (16 on each side) at the bottom of the strand. After tying the double knot, I slipped on the first of 3 smaller beads and secured it in place with another double knot...
I continued this step until all 3 beads were attached to the same piece of twine with double knots securing them in place on each side...
Once the necklace was complete, I needed to attach the cross. I decided to use 2 of the 3 crosses that came in the pack because I didn't think that using just 1 was going to be thick enough to achieve the look I was going for. I simply glued 2 of these birch crosses together with some super glue I found in a kitchen drawer to make 1 thick cross...
Once the glue dried, I painted the cross with the same Country Gray by ASCP and drilled a small hole in the top center. Then I threaded the remaining twine from the strand of 3 smaller beads, through the hole in the cross and tied it off with a double knot. (see previous photo with arrows again)
Then it was time for the gold leaf!
I use the same brush for gold leafing every time. Any brush will do as long as the bristles are somewhat thick, short, and hard. Also, I never use a brush that I want to clean in the end. This brush will either be thrown away after use or reusable only for gold leafing.
To apply the Liquid Leaf paint, I dabbed my brush in the paint slightly and then patted the drips into the lid a few times so that my brush was almost completely dry but still had a touch of paint on it. Then I quickly and lightly grazed over each bead. I obviously didn't want the beads to be covered in gold but to look like they had rubbed up against something gold. I did this a couple of times until I thought my beads had a desirable amount of gold paint on each one. I used same approach for the cross too. I've seen some rosaries and decorative necklaces where the cross is solid gold or silver. I love that look too! And tada...
|Paint Colors: French Linen by ASCP & Liquid Leaf in Silver|
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