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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
10/30/2020, 15:05:21

Iím looking for thin, 3 mm silver disks that are part of the construction of a rosary, in order to repair a broken one. So far, Iíve only seen these disks on other glass bead rosaries that use chain segments between the beads. They arenít exactly what Iíd call bead caps, and I havenít been able to find any for sale searching for disks or bead caps.

So Iím wondering if there is another term for these disks since they appear to be associated only with chain constructions. Any help or hints would be appreciated!

Sorry I messed up posting the image, so youíll have to click on the link to see it.



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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
10/30/2020, 15:11:10

Duh, I didnít follow my recent instructions for posting as jpg instead of jpeg.

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10/31/2020, 00:51:40



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Posted by: Stefany Post Reply
10/31/2020, 00:51:58

lovely satin glass with rosebuds!
we are surely looking at silver washers with the wire link through washer, bead, washer- with an eye loop bent at either end??



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10/31/2020, 00:52:42



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If they're not sterling silver....
Re: Help needed with ID of rosary chain part -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Luann Udell Post Reply
10/31/2020, 10:15:13

I googled 3mm washers, as Stephanie suggested, and got lots of listings for stainless steel ones. Would those work?

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Thanks for the tips!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
10/31/2020, 14:54:50

I tried searching for "sterling silver washer" and got some hits for these charms - a good laugh! But using the term "washer" has gotten me some "close" sterling disks that might be close enough.

In machine parts jargon, a 3 mm washer has a 3 mm hole in the center (plus some tiny bit of clearance) but looking for the proper size (for a size #0 bolt) stainless washer might be an option if I can't find it in sterling.

I can find vintage rosaries that use this type of disk & chain construction, but that would mean paying a lot (usually $40+) and destroying an intact rosary.

I'm watching auctions for broken rosary parts but it would be nice to find this disk bead by itself instead of adding to my "salvage pile" of old beads & findings.

Thanks for your help!

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If I find any 'partials', happy to send them to you!
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Posted by: Luann Udell Post Reply
10/31/2020, 16:18:50

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Also this thought...
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Posted by: Luann Udell Post Reply
11/01/2020, 11:15:19

Granted, I may only have access to antique stores that don't have expensive/high-end rosaries 😄 but most of the ones I've seen or picked up over the years were NOT made with precious metals. And I've also noticed that most of us would NOT notice a few shiny steel washers amongst the sterling silver ones... 😳

And they may work "well enough" in the mix until you can accumulate enough sterling washers to replace the steel ones. With rosary chain, you only have to undo one bead to replace a set of washers.

I only offer this advice (which I know you didn't ask for) because this morning I realized a similar issue has been holding ME back on some projects dear to my heart.

So I'm just sharing my own mini-breakthrough with you, in case it helps! 🤗

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Same thought, ignore this!
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Posted by: Luann Udell Post Reply
11/01/2020, 11:16:31

Granted, I may only have access to antique stores that don't have expensive/high-end rosaries 😄 but most of the ones I've seen or picked up over the years were NOT made with precious metals. And I've also noticed that most of us would NOT notice a few shiny steel washers amongst the sterling silver ones... 😳

And they may work "well enough" in the mix until you can accumulate enough sterling washers to replace the steel ones. With rosary chain, you only have to undo one bead to replace a set of washers.

I only offer this advice (which I know you didn't ask for) because this morning I realized a similar issue has been holding ME back on some projects dear to my heart.

So I'm just sharing my own mini-breakthrough with you, in case it helps! 🤗

Luann Udell artist & writer Ancient stories retold in modern artifacts LuannUdell.com

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Re: Help needed with ID of rosary chain part/DoNut here ya go
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Posted by: AnneLFG Post Reply
11/16/2020, 19:44:46

Bead lover, collector since Age 15, semi-retired had wholesale/retail bead, folk art, tribal art store Lost and Found Gallery for 25 yrs. in DT Greensboro, NC

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Another good tip - thanks!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
11/18/2020, 22:22:24



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Current state of repair
Re: Help needed with ID of rosary chain part -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
11/22/2020, 11:02:35

I located some beads (India) that are as close a match as I think I can get. I was very pleasantly surprised that I found them, actually! I found some 2.5 mm sterling disks that look OK in the repair. I had to add some links that are not perfect, and my wire-wrapping is far from professional-level. However the replacement of the three missing beads looks OK from a distance. They are the group of three "Hail Mary" beads in the part of the rosary just above the crucifix.

I plan to re-do the repair if I get better parts and better skill with the wire work.

Note - the purchase of the rosary with 3 beads missing was a blunder on my part since I didn't study the description carefully enough to realize there were 3 beads missing...

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Admitting errors
Re: Current state of repair -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Luann Udell Post Reply
11/23/2020, 10:44:04

My dad took up woodworking late in life after he retired. He did beautiful work. And every time one of us would tell us that, he would point out his mistakes.

None of us would have noticed them if he hadn't, and after he showed them to us, we couldn't unsee them! :-D

I'm guessing your necklace is equally beautiful. And that very few people will ever notice the "unprofessional" bits. Unless they're looking for a reason not to love it! :-)

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Agreed!
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Posted by: Logan Post Reply
11/23/2020, 15:56:46



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Thank you LuAnn and everyone who posted tips!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
11/23/2020, 18:48:32

This forum continues to be an amazing resource for info as well as support for all types of beady interests!



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