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Eariler this week, I posted about going to see my friend Carolyn become a Catholic after 40 years of attending the Catholic church.

baubles_beads.jpgAs a gift to commemorate her baptism, confirmation and first communion – taken all in one ceremony the night before Easter – I promised to make her a Catholic rosary, so today we went to Baubles and Beads, the fabulous Berkeley bead boutique, and Carolyn picked out the components of her gift.

We had a great time. Carolyn bounced from one side of the store to the other, working her way between the wall of semi-precious beads and the wall of strung glass beads. She had her copy of “Bead One, Pray Too” open before her to the page that has a drawing of a Catholic rosary. We pulled out a lot of different beads to see how they would look – did she want shells for some of the beads? No. Did she want a circular mother-of-pearl donut instead of a crucifix? No. There were a million possibilities – a million potential prayer beads.

Carolyn had received two other rosaries as gifts last week, one of stone (handmade by a church member – YEAH!!!!) and one of wood (purchased in Italy and blessed by the Pope). So this time, she went for pearls and crystals. First, she chose the decade beads – the 53 beads on which Catholics say the “Hail Mary” prayer – a strand of smooth, round Swarovski 6 mm. pearls in a cool grey color. Next, for the six “Our Father” beads, she chose some 8mm. round faceted Swarovski crystals in a color I would describe as smoky quartz. We were almost done – but what about the “findings”? She picked out 12 small silver colored bead caps to set off the Our Father beads and a silver colored Celtic cross for the terminal charm. To join the rosary into a circle, she decided not to go with a traditional medal, but to use a decorative triangular finding. The last thing we chose were some size 11 Japanese seed beads in a light gray color – almost translucent – to join all the other beads together.

I made Carolyn leave so I could buy her beads without her seeing the price (CAROLYN – STOP READING HERE!!). It came in at about $25 – a very reasonable amount for a gift, don’t you think? And there will be enough beads left over that I can make a second Anglican rosary or a bracelet or even a wire-wrapped necklace. Prayer bead making doesn’t have to break your bank.

So, I am home with Carolyn’s beads and will soon put them together. Stay tuned.

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