This particular piece was designed with anhydrite gemstone and raw brass. Because a rosary or chaplet already has a specific design form and layout, the challenge comes with color, scale, texture and style. I prefer making cable rosaries vs chain because the former lends itself to many more design features, especially the use of color. I love colorful pieces and it shows in my work. The artistry in chain rosaries is really shown-off by the artisan who has mastered perfect loops, and wire wrapping tecniques, combined with antique reproduction metals. They are an art form in and of themselves. With those techniques mastered, there is no reason to use fanciful art glass or any other type of focal bead. It actualy disrupts the flow of the piece, causing too many focal points. All that is needed is some accents to highlight and tie in the design as a whole when using 2 types of beads. I used that design philosophy in this piece as I wanted the metals to stand out and minimize focal points.
Techniques: bead stringing
Garden Path Rosaries