One of the skills I learned from a talented friend in Texas was rosary making. She is a member of a rosary makers group and she taught me how to make sturdy rosaries. Many rosaries today have jump rings holding them together like a cheap necklace. I make them by hand using a twisted wire loop. These will never pull apart. Made to last and hold together for years of handling. I have also been fixing broken ones I fine here and there. A little bit of time and effort will help these last a lifetime.