Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Designer Rosary Beads, Handknotted Pearls

Some aspects of jewellery making are especially soothing. Chief among the soothing activities for me are handknotting pearls and handchaining rosary beads.

Once the gorgeous clasps or crucifixes have been chosen, the special pearls or stones selected and cleared, the silk or silver wire and chain laid out, there comes the almost mesmeric, meditative task of creating knots or links between the individual beads. One's breathing slows and calms with the rhythmic, repetitive work, while glorying in the wonderful textures and colours of the beads or pearls under one's fingers. What more could one ask for after the stresses of the day?

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