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Chain mail rosary

Chain mail rosary

This Rosary was inspired by my mother, Mary Attig, and I gave her the first one as a gift. It works well as an expression of one’s faith, and displays strength and expresses religious commitment. Even if you’re not Catholic, the beautiful knots make a gorgeous necklace.

SUPPLIES

Standard rosary, 19 in. (48 cm)
  • 90 18-gauge 6.0 mm ID gold-filled rings (large rings)
  • 750 20-gauge 5.0 mm ID sterling silver rings (medium rings) 
  • 150 20-gauge 3.0 mm ID gold-filled rings (small rings) 
  • crucifix and bead station

Petite rosary, 12 1⁄2 in. (31.8 cm)

  • 80 20-gauge 4.5 mm ID gold-filled (large rings)
  • 690 22-gauge 3.6 mm ID sterling silver rings (medium rings) 
  • 80 22-gauge 2.5 mm ID gold-filled rings (small rings)
  • crucifix and bead station
  • Chainnose pliers (may want a second pair for the Petite Rosary)
  • Flatnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Note: Throughout the instructions, use 14 rings per knot for the standard and 13 rings per knot for the petite rosary. Make all of the knots at once, or hook them together as you go.

Chain mail rosary Photo A
Photo A
Chain mail rosary Photo B
Photo B
Make a Knot

1. 
Close one medium ring and open the rest of the medium rings needed to complete a knot.

2. With one of the open rings, pick up the closed ring and close the ring. Nest the rings together (PHOTO A).

3. Run an open ring through the two closed rings and close the ring. Again, nest the rings together (PHOTO B).
Chain mail rosary Photo C
Photo C
Chain mail rosary Photo D
Photo D
4. Continue running each of the remaining open rings through the center of all of the closed rings as described above (PHOTO C). Repeat until you have used up all of the rings for the knot (PHOTO D). Be sure to always nest the rings symmetrically on your mat before running the next ring through the center. This gives you a nicer looking knot, although usually no two knots will look exactly alike. 

5. Make has 53 medium knots and six large knots, or the number of knots desired.
Chain mail rosary Photo E
Photo E
Chain mail rosary Photo F
Photo F
Chain mail rosary Photo G
Photo G
Chain mail rosary Photo H
Photo H

Connect the Knots

6.
The small rings are the connecting rings between the knots, the crucifix, and the bead station. To connect the medium knots, open some of the small rings. Run a small ring through two rings on a medium knot and then through two rings on another medium knot. Close the ring. Run a second ring through the same path (PHOTO E). Continue connecting medium knots with two small rings between each set until the chain is ten knots long. It is important to connect rings on opposite sides of each knot in order to have the knots lie nicely. 

7. The eleventh knot should be a large gold knot. Connect this to the chain with two small rings running through two rings on the last medium knot. Close these rings. Run two more small rings through the last two small rings and close these rings. Run two more small rings (total of three sets of two small rings in a row) through the last two small rings and also through two rings on a large knot. Close these rings (PHOTO F). 

8. Connect another chain of three pairs of small rings off of the other side of the large knot, being sure to run the last two small rings through two rings on another medium knot (PHOTO G). Attach nine more medium knots to the chain, following step 1. You now have a chain of ten medium knots, one large knot, and ten medium knots. Continue building the chain in this manner until you have connected five sets of ten medium knots and four single large knots (ten medium knots, one large knot, ten medium knots, one large knot, ten medium knots, one large knot, ten medium knots, one large knot, and ten medium knots). 

Bead Station and Crucifix 

9.
Run two small rings through two rings on the medium knot at one end of the rosary chain. Close the rings. Run two more rings through the two end rings and, before closing, run them through one of the top rings on the bead station. Close the rings. Repeat and connect the other end of the chain to the other top ring on the bead station (PHOTO H).

10. Make three medium knots and two large knots as before and set them aside.

Chain mail rosary Photo I
Photo I

11. Run a small ring through the bottom loop on the bead station and close the ring. Run a small ring through this ring and two rings on one of the large knots. Close the ring. Run a second small ring through the same path. Again, see photo h to attach the first knot to the bottom of the bead station. Attach three medium knots and a large knot to the large knot hanging from the bead station as described above. Run two small rings through two rings on the bottom of the end large knot and close the rings. Run two more small rings through the end two rings and close the rings. You can run either a large ring or two small rings through the end rings and the crucifix. Close the ring(s) (PHOTO I). 

Note: The lengths of the rosaries given above is the length of the rosary stretched out in a straight line from one end to the bottom of the crucifix on the other end.

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