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nerd74733 months ago

So this is safe right? I am considering making a Catholic rosary for my grandma I would hate for it to have the potential to do harm from the uranium glass beads... one of my teachers said that because it isn't just uranium it shouldn't put off as much radiation. I also may make my own set because some of my family members (including me) are Catholic... Thanks in advance for any positive reply I receive...

Grazelda3 years ago
Oooooooooommmm...go to that happy place... nice art...
bernardroth4 years ago
Where did you get the vaseline glass beads?
Persona (author)  bernardroth4 years ago
I got them at a local bead store,  labeled as Czech glass. You can order them online, but the best way to know for sure any glass has uranium in it is to shine a UV light on it.  Here is an example of some Czech uranium beads in ebay:

cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-CZECH-VASELINE-URANIUM-GLASS-BEADS-NECKLACE-21_W0QQitemZ330397779152QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0
 
Please read about the comment that I just entered (above). This is too dangerous to mess with. take care, ApostrapheEss
 That rosary is freaking cool!!
I'm thinking about making a similar one as a birthday gift for a friend; where can I find the cross with the blacklight, or how can I mount some sort of LED blacklight onto the cross?
Thanks!
Is your spell-check "playing silly-buggers" with you? - Uranium oxide, not paraffin.

L
Uranium Glass is also called Vaseline Glass:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium_glass
I'd never heard of that, before now, thanks.

L
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This is a nice comment and I care about all of you; Do NOT mess with anything that "glows in the dark" or in any way contains uranium. . . which vaseline glass most certainly does. This item should be entirely removed from Instructables. I'm an artist, I get it and it is a cool concept, but simply not worth it in terms being dangerous to anyone's health. Don't believe me? Read "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" by Deborah Blum (I think). The chapter on radiation is fascinating, especially the part about Marie Curie dying from radiation poisoning after touring the U.S. to promote a radium drink that was touted to give energy, 'just like drinking sunshine'. The horrible illnesses and death suffered by 'the dial painters' (the girls who painted the glow in the dark numbers on clock faces) made a believer of me! PLEASE DON'T MESS WITH THIS STUFF, NO KIDDING!
Iridium74 years ago
One day when Jesus was walking down desert he was suddenly bit by a radioactive roman turning him into: SUPER JESUS! He now has the ability to casually walk up walls, super Jesus strength, and can shoot radioactive rosaries from his belly button! With great super Jesus power, comes great super Jesus responsibility. Is it considered sacrilegious to write Jesus fan-fiction?
beezee24 years ago
What you have here is undoubtedly interesting... even fascinating!.. but it is NOT a rosary. By arbitrarily replacing the image of Mary with whatever it is you replaced it with, it can no longer be called a rosary. And whatever it is mounted on the cross??.., It is no longer a crucifix (which is a non-negotiable part of the Catholic rosary). You shouldn't mess with sacred tradition.
 I dunno beezee, according to wikipedia it sounds like having clearly marked sets of 10 beads is the important part, since rosary beads are used for counting prayers.

Persona, you should go to a Catholic mass, and while taking communion take advantage of your proximity to the priest to switch on your LED and see what s/he thinks of it. I'm sure it would be a religious experience. I hear Catholics love it when newcomers take communion, especially in the case of someone who's made their own rosary like you have!
I think I'll do an Instructable on "How to be Respectful"... It seems there are a good many people who might benefit.
wupme beezee24 years ago
I dont see where he's unrespectful.
Also i dont see a problem with this a rosary because by definition it is one.

But if you really want to find something to be upset about you will.
beezee2 wupme4 years ago
You don't see the problem?... That's where the problem is...

BTW, the word is "Disrespectful"... there is no such word as "Unrespectful"
You know what else is disrespectful?

You hypocrisy is amazing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosary

God would think it better to be creative than critical.

Awesome Instructable but where do you get those beads and are they safe?
What hypocrisy? That he made a statement about his religious beliefs? In short anyone who disagrees with you is a hypocrite?

wikipedia is not the final word on the Rosary.

Do you believe in God?
The instructable was creative, what it wasn't is a Rosary.
Sorry to have started the War of The Rosary everyone! Maybe we should just agree to disagree peacefully... I think for Catholics perhaps there's a specific important definition of 'rosary' that even wikipedia doesn't know about, whereas for the rest of us a broader, more flexible definition is more practical. In fact, prayer beads used by other religions are sometimes referred to as rosaries. 

Maybe to include everyone we should just go with the broader definition, respecting that Catholics are free to use a more limited definition with a religious significance to them, and in return they can acknowledge that it would be a little silly for them to impose that definition on the rest of the world?

Kind of like the word 'marriage'.
So call them prayer beads. He didn't have to put a cross on there, he didn't have to configure it like a rosary, he didn't have to search for a substitute for Mother Mary, he didn't have to admit 'like those that traditional Catholic rosaries have."

He made a 'rosary' it was his intention, several derogatory and mealy mouth statements by others attempted to justify their fantasy interpretation.

".. other religions are sometimes referred to as rosaries"
If he wanted to make prayer beads he didn't have to configure it as a Catholic rosary. Show us these other religions rosaries, lets see just how closely they are configured.  Ya, what I thought.

All I got out of you was, compromise your belief and agree with my false argument.
First of all, its "she", not he.

Second, as I said in my earlier comment, Catholic traditions are not only similar to other religious traditions, but are borrowed from other religious traditions. The Egyptian Ankh (a cross) predates Christianity by thousands of years.

The archetype of death and resurection, which is what the cross is supposed to symbolize, is found all over the Middle East and Mediterranean, again, thousands of years before Christianity. For example, the Isis/Osiris/Horus myth in ancient Egypt, or the Dionysian mystery cults in the Greek empire.

The evil eye tradition, with accompanying evil eye beads, is over 3000 years old, in Anatolia and other ancient Middle Eastern cultures:

http://www.nazarboncugu.com/Evil_Eye_History.htm


Here is an elaboration of the Islamic prayer bead traditions:

http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/196806/worry.beads.htm

This book has a chapter on prayer beads from around the world:

http://books.google.com/books?id=bytLAKa2liUC&dq=egyptian+prayer+beads&printsec=frontcover&source=in&hl=en&ei=Pa1jS-PmMcff8AbtpKCZAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=15&ved=0CD4Q6AEwDg#v=onepage&q=beads&f=false

This book about prayer beads has a chapter on Pre-Christian prayer beads:

http://books.google.com/books?id=Up_vo0S_S1wC&dq=egyptian+prayer+beads&printsec=frontcover&source=in&hl=en&ei=Pa1jS-PmMcff8AbtpKCZAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=16&ved=0CEAQ6AEwDw#v=onepage&q=egyptian%20prayer%20beads&f=false

The tradition of the Tzit-Tzit in Judaism resembles prayer beads and rosaries:

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/927994/jewish/Laws-of-Tzitzit.htm

Anglican rosaries have no center medallion:

http://www.solitariesofdekoven.org/Prayer_beads.html

Here is Missouri's Museum of Anthropology website, explaining the history of prayer beads:

http://anthromuseum.missouri.edu/minigalleries/prayerbeads/intro.shtml

I believe I have made my point. The history of religion and religious traditions is incredibly complex. It is not exclusively the case that traditions are invented by some religions, and borrowed by others. Religions with any contact with one another will inevitably influence each others traditions, and even doctrines.

As you can see, I put a lot of effort and thought into this explanation. I hope this proves to you that I do, in fact, respect and try to understand religious traditions. I respect religious traditions enough to try to understand the truth about them and their origins, and not simply believe the first thing I hear about them.

 
Wow. I wish everyone would put this much thought, research, fact, and general class into their responses.
+1 eecharlie!
wupme beezee24 years ago
The Problem is usually people like you who try to find problems.
I'm catholic myself and dont see any problem with that.

Thanks for the correction, even tho its also "disrespectful" lol
Just a heads up for the uninitiated.  It is NOT appropriate for those who are outside of the state of sanctifying grace to receive communion.  This includes Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  One must got to confession in order to be fit.  Also, the "s/he" in the above comment is superfluous, all Catholic priests are men.  I am not trying to start an argument.  I think this project is fantastic.  My favorite rosary is glow in the dark and has a little hole in the crucifix which when looked through shows an image of La Virgen de Guadalupe. 

If one wishes to go forward during communion one may always cross ones arms in front of their chest (watch the little kids many of them do this) and receive a blessing.  I am sure many priests would appreciate this rosary, but show them after Mass, they're kinda busy during communion.
On the contrary-- sacred traditions are there to be messed with. Especially the ones which have reached institutional status, like Catholicism.
We're waiting to hear you criticize Islam, brave guy.
we are talking about a uranium rosary here. That's all.
No, YOU were talking about 'sacred traditions and Catholicism.'
Take your bigotry somewhere else.
 Bigotry (bigot) is probably the most ironic word you could have chosen:  a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics or race. Just because someone doesn't share the same views as you, does not make them a bigot. Either that, or by definition, you both are.
I think this project is great, and was not meant to cause any disrespect.
Yes the project is great and perhaps he didn't intend disrespect. Others sure did. Yes, using your definition you are a bigot. You find it impossible to concede Catholic's have a point. Making you a bigot. Thanks for playing.
Changed my mind, he did intend disrespect, or at the very least lacks the imagination to think of an alternate setup.
I'm glad you finally made up your mind about what my intentions were! You certainly would know better than I would.
 
Apparently so. Look those are your words. Not mine. Denying it after you admit it just makes either fundamentally dishonest or delusional. Seek professional help.
Did you read my earlier response to you?
 
No, I was just throwing letters out into the ether.

?
I meant the the very long well thought out response I wrote to your earlier comment, not the the response that you were obviously just responding to here.
 
You replied to beezee2's original comment, not mine.
Before all others, you, as a Jewish scholar, should be more sensitive of others religious beliefs. Your analysis of Christianity, whether right or wrong, does speak of a knowledge. A knowledge that says you knew perfectly well what you were making. You said it yourself. That you did it with foreknowledge, admitted the knowledge, then try weaseling out of it doesn't speak well for you. BTW I'd drop the brag about being a Jewish scholar because you deeds don't reflect back well onto your (I presume) religion.

You know you could have made a Menorah with red beads for flames. Or a sanctuary lamp, a few more LED's to fully illuminate a stack of beads, easily doable though.
I was not bragging about being a Jewish scholar, I was simply saying I know a thing or two about the history of Judaism. I study Religion academically, which means I do not let any possible religious beliefs I may have influence my study of the facts. I do admit I knew what I was doing. I am in no way trying to "weasel" out of my original stance. I am responding to you as much as I am because I think it's important that people understand religion, and the context of religion, and not because I am trying to defend myself.

I don't believe you saw my explicit response to your comment, so I will post it again:

"First of all, its "she", not he.

Second, as I said in my earlier comment, Catholic traditions are not only similar to other religious traditions, but are borrowed from other religious traditions. The Egyptian Ankh (a cross) predates Christianity by thousands of years.

The archetype of death and resurrection, which is what the cross is supposed to symbolize, is found all over the Middle East and Mediterranean, again, thousands of years before Christianity. For example, the Isis/Osiris/Horus myth in ancient Egypt, or the Dionysian mystery cults in the Greek empire.

The evil eye tradition, with accompanying evil eye beads, is over 3000 years old, in Anatolia and other ancient Middle Eastern cultures:

http://www.nazarboncugu.com/Evil_Eye_History.htm


Here is an elaboration of the Islamic prayer bead traditions:

http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/196806/worry.beads.htm

This book has a chapter on prayer beads from around the world:

http://books.google.com/books?id=bytLAKa2liUC&dq=egyptian+prayer+beads&printsec=frontcover&source=in&hl=en&ei=Pa1jS-PmMcff8AbtpKCZAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=15&ved=0CD4Q6AEwDg#v=onepage&q=beads&f=false

This book about prayer beads has a chapter on Pre-Christian prayer beads:

http://books.google.com/books?id=Up_vo0S_S1wC&dq=egyptian+prayer+beads&printsec=frontcover&source=in&hl=en&ei=Pa1jS-PmMcff8AbtpKCZAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=16&ved=0CEAQ6AEwDw#v=onepage&q=egyptian%20prayer%20beads&f=false

The tradition of the Tzit-Tzit in Judaism resembles prayer beads and rosaries:

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/927994/jewish/Laws-of-Tzitzit.htm

Anglican rosaries have no center medallion:

http://www.solitariesofdekoven.org/Prayer_beads.html

Here is Missouri's Museum of Anthropology website, explaining the history of prayer beads:

http://anthromuseum.missouri.edu/minigalleries/prayerbeads/intro.shtml

I believe I have made my point. The history of religion and religious traditions is incredibly complex. It is not exclusively the case that traditions are invented by some religions, and borrowed by others. Religions with any contact with one another will inevitably influence each others traditions, and even doctrines.

As you can see, I put a lot of effort and thought into this explanation. I hope this proves to you that I do, in fact, respect and try to understand religious traditions. I respect religious traditions enough to try to understand the truth about them and their origins, and not simply believe the first thing I hear about them. "


 
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