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Grafted In
Old Carved Wood, Garnet and Bronze
33-Bead Handmade Prayer Rope

"If some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and the fatness of the oliive tree, boast not against the branches...
Thou bearest not the root, but the root thee."

-- Romans 11: 17-18

The cross of this prayer rope is centered within a Star of David pendant...

The 33 prayer beads are old carved wood, separated by beads of garnet...

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Stone and Bronze
Handmade 33-Bead Prayer Rope

Candlelight, 33-bead prayer rope, handmade of stone and bronze, by Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art, full view

When we look into the heart,
May our eyes have the kindness
and reverence of candlelight.

-- John O'Donohue, "For Light"


The warm colors of these stone prayer beads remind us of candlelight.

The bronze crucifix of the prayer rope is cast from a well-worn -- and clearly well-loved -- 18th century Latin American antique.

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Pillar of Cloud
variation II
33-Bead Handmade Prayer Rope
Pyrite and Bronze

Pillar of Cloud, 33 bead prayer rope handmade of pyrite and bronze, full view

"And the Lord went before them by day
in a pillar of cloud
to lead them along the way."
-- Exodus 13:21


33 stone prayer beads of Pyrite -- very weighty, and lustrous, but not too shiny -- absolutely beautiful.

Marvelous cross, cast by hand of solid bronze, from an antiquity.

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variation IV
33-Bead Handmade Prayer Rope
Jade, Bronze Cross

Fruits; handmade 33 bead prayer rope of jade; bronze Birds Cross.  Full view. Still Stone and Moss

 "The fruit of the Spirit is love..."

  -- Galatians 5: 22-23

The 33 stone beads of this prayer rope are disks of jade -- semi-translucent, speckled, and striped.  Their colors remind us of melons and other wonderful fruits...

On the cross are four small birds.  The cross is hinged, and has a knotwork pattern.  It's solid bronze, hand cast from an old Coptic original.

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33-Bead Handmade Prayer Rope
Amber Czech Glass, Bronze

Sunup, 33 bead prayer rope handmade of bronze and glass, full view

"I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen --  not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

  -- C. S. Lewis, Weight of Glory

The bright, reflective surface of this cross, and its circle motif, suggest the sun.  The cross is solid bronze, handcast from a 19th century Coptic original.

The deep amber color and translucency of the prayer beads suggest the sun's warmth.  The beads are Czech glass, with an interesting shape...

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© Copyright 2007-19, M. Laura Eckert, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art: Handmade Rosaries, Prayer Ropes, Chaplets, and Rosary Bracelets.