Making your own rosary beads can be a very satisfying and special experience.
All the components you need to make a rosary including the pliers can be found on our site. We also do DIY kits with enough of each finding to make 1 rosary.
This is a short guide summary in making your own rosary beads, and what size of components to buy.
Our advice would be to start off making rosary beads with 8mm beads and 16mm eye pins.
To make rosary beads will you need chain, eye pins, jump rings, a cross, a center and of course the beads. A tool is also required such as our round nose rosary pliers with wire cutters.
You need to choose whether to go for gold or silver colour base metals as all components need to match. You can choose depending on your center/crucifix colour.
12mm – good for rosaries with 4mm beads
14mm – good for rosaries with 6mm beads
16mm - good for rosaries with 8mm beads
18mm - good for rosaries with 10mm beads
You can use the longer eye pins for smaller beads however you may need to trim the eye pin with wire cutters which could slow you down.
Please see the diagrams below for how to use eye pins. Round nose pliers help shape the eye pin. Remember to hook the next eye pin or chain onto your eye pin before you fully close the loop.