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We are the Clay
variation iii
Handcrafted Bulgarian Stoneware
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

We are the clay,
and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hands.
  -- Isaiah 64:8

The circles on the cross of this chaplet represent Christ's wounds.  The cross is hand-cast from an ancient, centuries-old original.  It's solid bronze.  

The ten Aves, and the Pater bead are durable, high-fired stoneware -- not indestructable, but strong and quite beautifully made.  These Bulgarian beads are meticulously handcrafted by Vladislav and Kremena Ivanova.  Each bead is individually shaped of red, buff, or black German stoneware clay -- the colors of the clays are natural -- and, before firing the beads, the artists impress the clay with a variety of patterns.    

Among the prayer beads are beads of hand-carved wood, solid brass beads, and glass beads in olive and black. 

The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers' cable, composed of 49 strands of plied steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds.  Each end is double-crimped for security.

Cross: 1.25" 
Pater bead:  about 14mm 
Ave beads:  from about 9mm to 12mm 
Length: about 5.6"


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