|Religious Medal Charm bracelet made with medals collected from churches in Italy.|
by jojo sabalvaro tan
Once we got back to Rome, which was the last leg of our tour, we met up with another group of classmates touring Italy at the Trevi Fountain for dinner and gelato. During dinner, which was hosted by a classmate who has lived in Milan for years and came down to Rome to meet up with us, we compared notes on our experiences - especially about the advantages and disadvantages of traveling with an organized tour (which our group did) or going on your own, which the other group did. We decided that joining a group tour is better for the convenience and less stress; and for the money, turned out to be more budget friendly. The disadvantages were that we had less freedom of movement than those that were traveling on their own. We did rent an apartment in Rome near the Spanish Steps so we can take in Eternal City more fully. It was located along Via del Corso which was very convenient, as we could walk to the Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese, Parthenon, Spanish Steps and other major sites and the bus that can take us to the Vatican is just steps away.
I digress again. Back to the religious medals ..... At dinner, our classmate, ZenyK, whose son is a priest, suggested that we attach the medals to a rosary and it will be a constant reminder of the trip. I thought it was a great idea ang purchased a rosary at the Vatican. We had timed our trip for a scheduled Papal audience and reserved tickets prior to our arrival. When we picked up the tickets, the nun told us to bring all of the items we want blessed by Pope Benedict. So we brought all the rosaries and medals we collected along. The audience was in the grand piazza outside St. Peter's and it was a very hot and sunny day. There were so many people from different countries and nationalities. The ceremony was done in several languages and was wild with the different groups chanting and cheering and solemn at the same time.
|Closeup of charm bracelet showing Swarovski crystal enhancements|
At home, I decided to make a charm bracelet out of the medallions instead and gave the rosary to my grandniece for her first communion. I attached the medallions with jump rings to a purchased charm bracelet . The bracelet has a double layer of links - 2 bracelets in one. I also embellished it with a variety of colored Swarovski crystals I beaded on head pins and attached to the bracelet as well.
On a trip to Mexico, I also gathered religious medals and made them into a necklace. I hope to be able to make more so I can give them to friends, as it is the item most of my friends commented on wanting. I guess, I just have to go on another trip to collect more religious medals.
Religious medal beaded necklace made from medals collected on a trip to Mexico
by jojo sabalvaro tan
|Close up of Medals|