Joe Meineke

Stainless Steel & Sterling Silver Rosary

I just put my latest creation up for sale on Etsy.  I have to say, this was one of the more challenging rosaries that I’ve done so far due to the fact that Stainless Steel is very difficult to drill.  I think I went through about 10 solid tungsten-carbide drill bits making these beads, but the end result is worth the effort.

I don’t know that I’ll be making another one of these any time soon just due to the fact that it took a very long time to make, but it truly is one of a kind (I’m pretty tempted to keep this one for myself!).  I searched far and wide for 8mm 316L stainless steel beads and, while there are plenty of sources of solid balls, there are none available that are drilled to the specifications that are require for a rosary bead.

I chose a Sterling Silver Crucifix and St. Jame’s Center to finish this rosary.  The precious metal, .925 Sterling, combined with these great looking beads makes for a very eye-catching piece.

This rosary is also beaded completely with 316L wire (my all-time favorite wire) for it’s amazing strength and corrosion resistance.

Here’s the finished product (click to view larger versions):

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