When I first started making jewelry I would look at magazines for inspiration in the kind of work I imagined doing. The 2003 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry had an article that completely put me in awe. The issue is out of print now but it was an article on making rosaries as spiritual art. http://www.rosaryworkshop.com/WHATS-NEW.htm (short article at the bottom of the page)
I made a couple of rosaries but stopped since they are very expensive to make. But on Good Friday I decided I would make one again. I still have two crucifix and center sets stored away but I needed just the right kind of beads. So I went to my local bead store- Bucks County Beads- to see what I could find.