Thursday, September 25, 2008

St. Francis of Assisi Relic Charm Bracelet

St. Francis of Assisi, lover of all creation, champion of justice, Patron Saint of animals and the environment, founded the Franciscan Order.
St. Francis of Assisi experienced all of God's creation as sacred. He saw God in "Brother Sun" and "Sister Moon." He preached to the birds and animals.
Father Francis and his companions were making a trip through the Spoleto Valley near the town of Bevagna. Suddenly, Francis spotted a great number of birds of all varieties. There were doves, crows and all sorts of birds. Swept up in the moment, Francis left his friends in the road and ran after the birds, who patiently waited for him. He greeted them in his usual way, expecting them to scurry off into the air as he spoke. But they moved not.
Filled with awe, he asked them if they would stay awhile and listen to the Word of God. He said to them: “My brother and sister birds, you should praise your Creator and always love him: He gave you feathers for clothes, wings to fly and all other things that you need. It is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home in thin, pure air. Without sowing or reaping, you receive God’s guidance and protection.”
At this the birds began to spread their wings, stretch their necks and gaze at Francis, rejoicing and praising God in a wonderful way according to their nature. Francis then walked right through the middle of them, turned around and came back, touching their heads and bodies with his tunic.
Then he gave them his blessing, making the sign of the cross over them. At that they flew off and Francis, rejoicing and giving thanks to God, went on his way.
For all animals:
Blessed are you, Lord God,maker of all living creatures.On the fifth and sixth days of creation,you called forth fish in the sea,birds in the air and animals on the land.You inspired St. Francis to call all animalshis brothers and sisters.We ask you to bless this animal.By the power of your love,enable it to live according to your plan.May we always praise youfor all your beauty in creation.Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen
St. Francis of Assisi is one of my favorite Saints, very devoted to his caring for animals even in heaven and great intercesor as well for those adorable God's creations.
I created this bracelet in a whimsical way but with the same respect and honor to St. Francis. I used handmade glass lampwork beads of animals.

St. Ann Relic Charm Bracelet

Mother of Virgin Mary and Grandmother to Our Lord Jesus Christ -Patronage ; against poverty; cabinetmakers; carpenters; childless people; grandmothers; grandparents; homemakers; lost articles; miners; mothers; poverty; pregnancy; pregnant women; women in labor

Prayer to Saint Anne
Glorious Saint Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee, and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take the present affair which I recommend to thee under thy special protection. Vouchsafe to recommend it to thy Daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with Thee and Mary and all the Saints, praising and blessing Him to all eternity. Amen.

What a blessing being chosen to be part of Our Lord's family like St. Ann, being mother of Virgin Mary and grandmother to Our Lord.

I created this bracelet with St. Ann's relic medal surrounding it with glass lampwork beads and other Catholic medals including St. George, St. Stephen, St. Padre Pio, Blessed Sacrament and others.

St. Peregrine Relic Charm Bracelet

He received a vision of Our Lady who told him to go to Siena, Italy, and there to join the Servites. After training and ordination, they assigned him to his home town. He lived and worked, as much as possible, in complete silence, in solitude, and without sitting down for 30 years in an attempt to do penance for his early life. When he did speak, he was known as a fervant preacher, excellent orator, and gentle confessor. Founded a Servite house at Forli. A victim of a spreading cancer in his foot, Peregrine was scheduled for an amputation. The night before the operation, he spent in prayer; that night received a vision of Christ who healed him with a touch. The next morning, Peregrine found his cancer completely healed.

Prayer to Saint PeregrineFor so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you. (Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)
O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.
I created this bracelet in honor to St. Peregrine, a wonderful intercesor for patients of cancer. I surrounded this bracelet with other Catholic Medals as reminder that Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother and Saints are always with us no matter what you are going thru and always keep your faith. I also added some feminine charms also as a reminder of that beautiful person.

Friday, September 19, 2008

St. Jude Charm Bracelet

(Patronage: Desperate situations; forgotten causes; hospitals, hospital workers; impossible causes)
Prayer to Saint Jude Thaddeus
Glorious Saint Jude, with faith in your goodness I ask your help today. As one of Christ's chosen Apostles, you are a pillar and foundation of His Church on earth. You are among the elders who stand always before God's throne. Brother Jude, you are renowned for your kinship with Christ and your physical resemblance to our Savior. Help me remain close to Christ and resemble Him in my outlook and actions. Holy Apostle, you are venerated for your work of preaching the gospel and your faithfulness to Christ by a martyr's death. Assist me to preach the good news of Christ by word and example, and remain steadfast in His service as you were. From your place of glory, do not forget the needs and difficulties of Christ's little ones like me, still struggling on the way home to God. Pray for me that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (name special problem) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. Intercede for us all, gracious, brother Saint Jude, and pray for us to the Lord our God in our daily toil and our necessities. Amen.
This is a very special bracelet that I created in honor to St. Jude using a very unique relic medal and also as unique a cross with a 3D glass in center that you can see an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside- it is an amazing cross. I used white pearlized glass pearls and white aurora borealis Czech. glass beads. I also added St. Ann, St. Joan of Arc, St. Marc, Pieta, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Sacred Heart of Jesus oxidized Italian medals.

St. Monica Charm Bracelet


Prayer to Saint Monica
Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.

I created this bracelet in honor of St. Monica with bright colors, using yellow glass pearls and glass lampwork beads and using several Catholic Medals including St. Benedict, Madonna of the Streets, Pieta, Archangel St. Gabriel and others.

St. Padre Pio Religious Charm Bracelet

FATHER PIO ( visible sign in his body of Christ Passion)
In September 1918, while praying before a cross, he received the stigmata and the first priest ever to be so blessed.
I. O my Jesus, You have said "Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you". Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, You have saind "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you" Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, You have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away". Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of...Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail Holy Queen and add St. Joseph, foster Father of Jesus, pray for us.
This novena was recited daily by St. Pio
"Yes, I love the cross and only the cross. I love it because I see it always on the shoulders of Jesus. Now jesus sees celarly that all my life and all my heart is vowed to Him and to His sufferings" - Padre Pio

I created this bracelet using one of St. Padre Pio's relic medal embracing it with unique glass lampwork beads and other Catholic medals including Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Francis, Divine Child, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Miraculous Medal and Virgin Mary.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Vintage & New Milagros Charm Bracelet

Milagros "Miracles" are small devotional charms that are traditionally used in most Latin American Countries. These votives are placed in small shrines, church, nichos, retablos, saints or altars.
Milagros also refers to an ancient aspect of Hispanic Folk Culture: Small silver or gold votive offerings.
A person attaches a Milagro to a saint for a special request of a miracle for a particular aliment of the body.

I created this unique bracelet using a beautiful copper with patina finish heart Milagro, which represents Sacred Heart of Jesus, made in Peru. I added smaller milagros from breasts, representing healing for breast cancer, I added a leg, children, cat, sheep, bull, corn & eyes. I added chalk turquoise and Peruvian colorful beads to give it a folklore look and feel to it all in a vintage copper chain.

Vintage & New Virgin Mary Cameo Charm Bracelet

I love this cameo of Our Blessed Mother "Madonna of the Streets" pink with white resin. I combined it with vintage German medals and I also other Italian medals of Immaculate Heart of Mary and Miraculous Medal.
I added some beautiful hand painted glass lampwork heart beads and handcrafted angels.

St. Philomena Charm Bracelet

PATRONAGE: babies,children, children of Mary, desperate causes, forgotten causes, impossible causes, infants, infertility, lost causes, Living Rosary, newborns, poor people, priests, sick people, sickness, sterility, toddlers, young people, youth

Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church.

Prayer to Saint Philomena
O most pure Virgin, glorious Martyr, Saint Philomena, whom God in His eternal power has revealed to the world in these unhappy days in order to revive the faith, sustain the hope and enkindle the charity of Christian souls, behold me prostrate at thy feet. Deign, O Virgin, full of goodness and kindness, to receive my humble prayers and to obtain for me that purity for which thou didst sacrifice the most alluring pleasures of the world, that strength of soul which made thee resist the most terrible attacks and that ardent love for our Lord Jesus Christ, which the most frightful torments could not extinguish in thee. So, that wearing thy holy cord and imitating thee in this life, I may one day be crowned with thee in heaven. Amen.
I created this bracelet in a youthful way with beautiful colorful glass lampwork beads and glass lampwork flowers, handcrafted angels made with vintage lucite flowers- as Heavenly realm. I added other Catholic Medals, St. Joan of Arc, St. Therese, St. Agnes, St. Frances Cabrini and others.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Virgin Mary Charm Bracelet

The Depths of the Love of Your Heart Virgin full of grace, I know that at Nazareth
you lived modestly, without requesting anything more. Neither ecstasies, nor miracles,
nor other extra ordinary deeds enhanced your life, O Queen of the elect.
The number of the lowly, "the little ones," is very great on earth. They can raise their eyes to
you without any fear. You are the incomparable Mother who walks with them along
the common way to guide them to heaven. Beloved Mother, in this harsh exile,
I want to live always with you and follow you every day. I am enraptured by the contemplation of you and I discover the depths of the love of your heart. All my fears vanish under
your motherly gaze, which teaches me to weep and to rejoice!
I Created this bracelet using a beautiful and unique resing cameo of Our Blessed Mother holding flowers. I added some beautiful black glass beads with colorful foil. I created angels using purple glass beads to enhance the color of the beads and make the beautiful cameo stand out more.

Jesus Christ Cameo Charm Bracelet

O God the King of glory,you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christwith great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen usand exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.Amen.

I created this bracelet with this unique Jesus cameo as a reminder of His ultimate sacrifice for us and His Precious Blood. I created it with bali-style beads I also added some unique vintage and new Catholic Medals, including Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Medjugorje, Miraculous Medal and a beautiful howlite cross.

Virgin Mary " Our Lady of Sorrows" Charm Bracelet

Prayer to Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows by St. Bonaventure
O Most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affections for the passing joys of this earth, I may long for the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforth all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed toward this one most desirable object.
Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.
On this bracelet that I created, I wanted to capture the beautiful Sorroful Mother cameo and be a reminder of Her suffering and sorrow. I added other Catholic Medals and beautiful teal and cream color pearls and adding to it is beautiful and unique glass heart charms.
I also added a one decade Rosary making it two bracelets in one.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Virgin Mary Cameo and 7 Archangels Charm Bracelet

I created this bracelet making honor to Our Blessed Mother and 7 Archangels including St. Michael, St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, Uriel, Samuel, Zadquiel and Jophiel. I added amber to represent their radiance and natural Jasper to represent their strenght.

I also added a beautiful ornate Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus cameo and many angel wings, Vermeil-style beads as well.

"The very name of Michael urges us to honor this glorious spirit; it is a cry of enthusiasm and fidelity, for it signifies: "Who is like unto God?" Satan trembles at hearing this name, for it reminds him of the noble protest wherewith the bright Archangel answered the call of the rebel angels. Michael proved his strength and prowess when he fought the great battle in Heaven. From that hour he has been known as "Michael, the captain of the armies of God, first Prince of the Holy City, to whom the other angels yield ready obedience. They most willingly and gratefully recognize his supremacy, for after God, they owe to him their preseverance in grace and their eternal happiness. With loving submission, they receive from him their various offices. They are attentive to the slightest wish, because they recognize in his commands and regulations the will of God, their sovereign Lord and King.*
* St. Michael and the angels

St. Joseph Relic Charm Bracelet

St. Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.

Oh, St Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God,I place in you all my interest and desires.Oh, St Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession,and obtain for me from your divine Sonall spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, out Lord.So that, having engages here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St Joseph, I never weary contemplating you,and Jesus asleep in your arm;I dare not approach while he resposes near your heart.Press Him in my name and kiss His find head for me and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.St Joseph, patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

I created this bracelet making honor to a man of God that he is the role model for all fathers, by obeying God's word he became a very important part of Our Lord's life as a father on earth.

I created it with a beautiful antique-style porcelain cameo, using vintage copper chain and other Catholic vintage and new medals and color enhanced magnesite stone.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vintage Virgin Mary Cameo Charm Bracelet

I found this beautiful vintage cameo of Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus "Madonna of the Magnificat" replica from the famous painter Boticcelli from the early Renaissance.
I added other vintage medals and accented it with vintage rhinestones charms and I also added an additional vintage chain being two bracelets in one.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Relic Medal Charm Bracelet

In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City; she identified herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site and left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 474 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
God of power and mercy, you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through your justice present in our hearts, may your peace reign in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I was so inspired to create this charm bracelet honoring Our Most Humble Lady of Guadalupe by adding a relic medal and a color medal. I used vintage copper chain and other vintage Catholic medals embraced by turquoise color howlite stone, purple and green jade gemstones.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Our Lady of Lourdes Water Medal Charm Bracelet

Our Lady of Lourdes: France, 1858
Our Lady appeared to 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, 18 times from February through July, 1858. During the apparitions she told Bernadette to dig a hole which later in the day produced a stream of water, bringing about thousands of spiritual and physical cures even to this day. Mary pleaded for "penitence! Penitence! Penitence!" and urged us to "Pray to God for sinners". She called herself the "Immaculate Conception".
O ever Immaculate Virgin, mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, you know my needs, my troubles, my sufferings, cast me a look of pity. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a priviledged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favours, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal, I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence & implore your maternal intercession.
I created this bracelet with a water medal from Lourdes. I embraced the medal with pink glass pearls and light pink, color enhanced, quartz. I chose the color pink to be a reminder of Our Lady being surrounded by pink roses, which I included a beautiful glass lampwork rose to hold water medal. I also added other Catholic medals which include Our Lady of Medjugorje, St. Jude, Infant Jesus, Infant of Prague.

Archangels "Amber Radiance"

St. Alphonsus Liguori is often quoted as saying that "Devotion to St. Michael and the holy angels is a mark of predestination." This reason alone were certainly sufficient to induce us not to neglect their veneration. On the contrary, we should earnestly strive to cultivate their frienship, in which we ashall indeed be blessed, for no earthly friends can compare with them in goodness, in power and in love." Jesus is the head of the Angels
I was inspired to create this bracelet with amber being the splendor of God and angels. I added goldtone metal Archangel charms which include St. Michael, St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, Samuel, Jophiel, Zadquiel & Uriel to ehnance their radiance.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Holy Relic Charm Bracelet

The Holy Shroud of Oviedo
The Sudarium is referred to in John 20:5-8.
The Sudarium of Oviedo, or Shroud of Oviedo, is a bloodstained cloth, 34" x 21", kept in the cathedral of Oviedo, Spain and claimed to be the cloth that was wrapped around the head of Jesus of Nazareth after he died.

Adorable Face of Jesus, whom all the angels adore,
may You be known, loved and adored by the whole world.
Sacred Face of Jesus, I desire to love and honor You more and more,
in reparation for the many sins committed before You.
O Sacred Face of Jesus veiled in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar;
I Adore You and Love You.
I created this bracelet with a very special kind of relic that I feel blessed I was able to find. I added a relic touched to the Shroud of Oviedo. I added natural ruby quartz to represent Our Lord's Precious Blood. I also added a one decade rosary with a St. Benedict crucifix. Other medals include St. Agnes, Our Lady of Olives and others.

"Rainforest" Animals Bracelet

I was so inspired to create a bracelet with one of God's creations which are the forest animals that live in the rainforest and other forests "Heaven on Earth".

I used handmade 3D lampwork beads with lizzard, frogs, I also used some beautiful glass lampwork toucan beads and many other beads including glass lampwork flowers and wooden beads.

Miraculous Medal Charm Bracelet

"The Blessed Virgin was standing on a globe, and her face was beautiful beyond words. Her fingers were covered with precious jewels whose light dazzled me. And I heard: 'Behold the symbol of the graces I shed upon those who ask for them!' Then an oval frame formed around the Blessed Virgin and I read in letters of gold: 'O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.' The vision reversed and I beheld the letter 'M' surmounted by a cross, at the foot of the cross, a bar, and below all, the Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns, and the Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. A voice said to me, 'Have a medal struck after this model. Persons who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.' "Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labour".

I was inspired to create this bracelet in honor to Our Beautiful Lady of Miraculous Medal using a beautiful vintage mother of pearl medal surrounding it with white glass pearls and natural moonstone with shimmery aurora borealis colors to represent white clouds as if Our Lady would be standing in the clouds.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Virgin Mary Bracelet

I created this bracelet in an eclectic style with various beads, vintage and new charms and medals. I created it with a beautiful Virgin Mary resin cameo on center and adding an angel cameo as well and a beautigful vintage medal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, made in Germany. Heart charms are also vintage. I truly love how it came out enhancing the main cameo of Our Blessed Mother.

Virgin Mary- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or of the Scapular

July 16 The Church celebrates on this day the feast of the Scapular of Mount Carmel. The scapular, which derives its name from the Latin word scapulæ, meaning shoulders, is a dress which covers the shoulders. It is mentioned in the rule of Saint Benedict as worn by monks over their other dress when they were at work, and it now forms a regular part of the religious dress in the old Orders. But it is best known among Catholics as the name of two little pieces of cloth worn out of devotion to the Blessed Virgin over the shoulders, under the ordinary garb, and connected by strings. The devotion of the scapular, now almost universal in the Catholic Church, began with the Carmelites. The history of its origin is as follows: During the thirteenth century the Carmelite Order suffered great persecution, and July 16, 1251, while Saint Simon Stock, then general of the Order, was at prayer, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him, holding in her hand a scapular. Giving it to the saint, she said,
"Receive, my dear son, this scapular of thy Order, as the distinctive sign of my confraternity, and the mark of the privilege which I have obtained for thee and the children of Carmel. It is a sign of salvation, a safeguard in danger, and a special pledge of peace and protection till the end of time. Whosoever dies wearing this shall be preserved from eternal flames."

I was inspired to create this bracelet accenting the antique-style porcelain cameo and adding golden glass pearls, amber color glass beads and beautiful lampwork beads. I also added vintage medals made in Germany.