The Cross

By

Cree Vicar Dave – SASS Life # 49907

For over two thousand years the cross has been a symbol of Christianity. When the explorers came to discover America they marched under the shadow of the Cross. The United States of America was conceived by men well versed in the Bible. And early schools, universities and hospitals were established under the name of the One who made atonement for all mankind on Mt Calvary. Our Lord said to all who would listen in Mark 8:34 "…If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." People around the world wear the cross to express outwardly the change that occurs inwardly by faith.

A while ago I received a cross made out of horse shoe nails wrapped in thread from a member of our Church. I exchanged the plain leather necklace with a black braided thread one adorned with beads. Since then I have made a few others using various color thread to go with different outfits. They are relatively easy and inexpensive to make.

Materials needed per cross:

    4 – Horse shoe nails (1.88" long)

    4 – 1/4" O.D. rings, silver color (use rings that will break away when pulled on)

    1 – Tube Krazy Glue

    60" Black waxed linen heavy thread

    50" Button thread (color optional)

    1 – Silver colored clasp

    Assorted beads

    Clear finger nail polish

Assembly:

Take two horse shoe nails, measure from the end of the head 1 5/16 ″ and make a 90’ bend so that the tip of the nails are pointing away from the wide flat side of each nail. Place these two nails together with flat wide sides in line and touching each other. This forms the bottom of the cross from bend to heads. Use a little glue to hold in place.

Take two horse shoe nails, measure from the head 13/16" and make a 90’ bend so that the tip of the nails are pointing away from the wide flat side of each nail. Then form each tip of these two nails around a ring, bending the tip back toward the nail head. Place these two nails together with the flat wide side inline and touching each other from bend to tip with rings installed. Use a little glue to hold in place. This forms the top of the cross. I made a wood fixture to bend the nails.

Then align top to bottom and glue in place. Next take desired color button thread and starting at top of cross, a little below the rings, wrap thread in close together loops down to the center of opening. Deciding which side you want for the back of the cross, loop to one arm and continue wrapping thread. When you get to around 1/4" from the end of the nail head wrap back over to the center opening. Then wrap down the bottom of cross to about 3/8" of the end and wrap back over to center again. Repeat on other arm then wrap back up to starting point and tie off.

Next decide how long you want the neck string to be. Cut three strands around 4 inches longer than necessary and align even. Pass thread through the two rings in the top of cross until even on both sides. Tie a knot on each side of the rings. Place beads on string as desired. Tie knot at end of bead rows. Braid remaining threads on each end of beads loosely. Affix clasp on one ring and clasp to other ring. Tie end of one braided string to one ring and the other to second ring. Use rings that will break away when tugged on. This is for safety. If the apparatus becomes entangled it will break away.

Next apply a liberal coat of clear finger nail polish. Allow to dry and it’s ready. You may want to add embellishments. I put a stone in the center of the cross opening. You can find small inexpensive pierced ear rings the proper size and glue in place. Be careful not to get glue on the top of the gem and set with small needle nose, etc. I gave the cross another coat of clear finger nail polish. You can use plastic beads or you can use glass beads and real hair bone. You can find many supplies at Wal-Mart, Fire Mountain etc. As in all projects be sure to follow all safety requirements when working on and using projects.

 

Hope ta see ya on the trail

God Bless,

Cree Vicar Dave