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« on: September 07, 2008, 12:55:25 am »

Hey everyone,

Someone had posted about rosaries on steamfashion and it inspired me to take a creative approach to this symbol. Now I will preface this to say that I am not Catholic but I enjoy crafting things with my own two hands regardless of religion. This is a standard 5 decade rosary made from brass finish nuts from the hardware store. 2 different sizes were used, #6-32 for the Ave Marias and 1/4" for the Paters. The gear used to bring the loop together is from an old clock and the cross was made with a #10-32 nut with two pieces of wire woven through and twisted. The rosary weighs about 2.75 oz.

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2008, 02:34:20 am »

I am Catholic (was almost a priest) and I think it is gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2008, 05:26:25 am »

I am Catholic (was almost a priest) and I think it is gorgeous!

Thank you, very much. I tried to do a lot of research before I made one. I'm seriously pondering making more for people. It's hard work getting the wire wrapped without it poking but this is seriously the most satisfaction I've had in making something. Of course, my index finger and thumb are sore but it was very much worth it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2008, 05:28:00 am »

Thank you, very much. I tried to do a lot of research before I made one. I'm seriously pondering making more for people. It's hard work getting the wire wrapped without it poking but this is seriously the most satisfaction I've had in making something. Of course, my index finger and thumb are sore but it was very much worth it.
My wife used to make them, so I know (sort of) how that can be.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008, 02:58:17 pm »

I can see some folks getting bent about perceptions of misue regarding their religious 'icons', and perhaps this thread unfortunately has the potential of eventually being locked, but as a non-practicing catholic I think it is first rate.  markf
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2008, 03:17:23 pm »

Would giving at a blessing make things better or worse?  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2008, 04:01:32 pm »

That is very cool. Lots of pocket watch parts?
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008, 12:03:56 am »

That is very cool. Lots of pocket watch parts?


Actually no. The gear and a few (not all) of the nuts are from clocks. A lot of the nuts and hardware were bought at the hardware store and happened to have the golden-y brass finish.

#6-32 were $1 per bag of 8 (53 total needed)
#10-32 were $1 per bag of 6 (1 total needed)
1/4" were $1 per bag of 4 (4 total needed)
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2008, 12:16:28 am »


As a Catholic who's been searching for a more masculine set of rosary beads.. these could well fit the bill.

I'm not offended in the slightest...

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2008, 12:21:59 am »


As a Catholic who's been searching for a more masculine set of rosary beads.. these could well fit the bill.

I'm not offended in the slightest...

*Steps slowly away from invisible "Thou shalt not talk religion line"*

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I was thinking along the same lines.  Given that variations on the "Clockmaker God" and "Great Engineer" notions are making something of a resurgence, I think it's an appropriate item, in context.
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2008, 12:58:44 am »

I'm currently reading Jay Lake's Mainspring, in which the Earth is a giant clockwork mechanism, and the denizens of their version of the British Empire worship the Brass Christ who died on a horofix.

This rosary looks like it could easily belong to that world.   Nice work!
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2008, 01:02:25 am »


While not being especially religious himself, in a recent podcast Lake mentioned that many of the notions he uses in Mainspring were the product of being raised by a very strict Baptist Grandfather!

The sequel 'Escapement' is out now, time to visit Amazon/Ebay  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2008, 02:09:21 am »

Thank you all for the kind words. I was debating on making some more and putting them up for sale but that all depends as I worked my thumb and index finger literally numb.

I'm already making one for my boyfriend to use in LARP... So we'll see how it all goes.
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2008, 12:07:25 am »

if they're sturdy I'll buy, Though if its no offense to your artwork, I would like it to have a crucifix :3. I've been looking for a sturdier masculine rosary, while my current one is quite 1800's and masculine it breaks so much I can barely wear it anymore :/.
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2008, 04:54:05 am »

That's damn cool! Clocks, eh? Did you have to cannibalize many clocks, or what? How'd you go about acquiring them?
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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2008, 05:26:28 am »

I'm Catholic as well, and I WANT!!1!
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