Determine the design and length of the Anglican prayer beads. You can create a variety of prayer bead designs as long as you have 33 beads arranged in the appropriate week groups separated by cruciform beads. Use small accent spacer beads to individualize your rosary. Accent beads act as spacers to lengthen the prayer beads. The amount of accent beads determines the overall length of the prayer beads. This example Anglican rosary measures 28 inches.
Measure the desired amount of beading wire on a bead board. Remember to make the wire about 4 inches longer than your goal length for ease of stringing. Cut the beading wire with jewelry wire cutters. Tape one end of the beading wire to the bead board. The tape will prevent the beads from slipping off the wire.
Thread the first set of week beads and spacer beads onto the beading wire. Add the first cruciform bead. This design will be the model for the next three sets.
String the second set of spacer beads and week beads. Insert the next cruciform bead onto the wire.
Add the third set of week beads and spacer beads. Follow the week beads with the third cruciform bead.
Slide the fourth set of week beads and spacer beads onto the wire. Add the fourth cruciform bead.
Carefully remove the tape at the end of the beading wire and pick up the prayer beads. Hold the end of the wire extending from the fourth cruciform bead and the opposite wire end. Insert the opposite wire into fourth cruciform bead to join both sides of the rosary. Pull the wire tight so that there are no gaps between the beads. You should see both ends of the wire extending from the cruciform bead.
Slip the invitatory bead and spacers onto both wires.
Attach the cross to both wires. Loop the wires around the cross and insert the wires back through the invitatory bead. Cut any excess wire with jewelry wire cutters. Add a crimping bead to the wire ends and fasten the bead with crimping pliers. The Anglican rosary is ready for prayer.See also: