Before opening the instruction documents, here are a few general tips and features of a well
Loops should be;
smaller than the beads but large enough to allow the wire of the next loop to
move freely without kinking (a larger gauge wire means larger loops).
Sit centrally over
the drill holes.
All the same size.
Hold the bead
securely so it does not move along the wire.
The loop at one
end of the bead should be at right angles to the other (one sitting north-south
and the other east-west.
Eye loops should
show no gaps between the start of the loop and the end of the wire.
Loops where the
wire is tucked into the bead, there should be no wire ends visible.
Loops should not
unroll when the Rosary is tugged.
Links should be
closed or soldered closed and not open up when the Rosary is tugged.
Unless the chain
is pre-cut, cutting should not have damaged links in the Rosary (this is a
major cause of early breakage when the Rosary is in use).
should have the same size loops throughout the Rosary.
Tightly closed or
soldered closed when jump rings are used.
Have no sharp wire
ends that can catch on clothing or fingers.
Be smaller than
the beads and large enough to allow the parts connected to move freely.
Not open up when
the Rosary is tugged.
The knots should
be spaced to allow the beads in the decades to move slightly but be tight against the Our
Father beads allowing no movement.
If nylon cord is
used, the ends should be fused otherwise ends should not be visable.
If beads are
replaced with knots, spacing should be consistent throughout the Rosary.