Tips for making Disciples Crosses
This is an overview of what you already know, but we feel it is important to focus on the most important aspects of making the Disciples Cross, so you don't ruin your Disciples Cross supplies.
As you know the Disciples Cross Necklace is even prettier in person than a picture can show.
The time it takes varies, and practice makes perfect.
Most believe bending the nails properly is the hardest and most time consuming part of the cross making process. We specialize in sending you prebent nails in your supplies. The nails are the foundation of the cross and just like building a house, the foundation and walls must be perfect in order for the rest of building to be uniform.
Our Kits include enough supplies, including prebent nails, to make 25 beautiful crosses.
We do offer unbent nail kits, if you prefer to bend them yourself.
Tools Chuck uses to make the crosses:
- (3 flat jaw vise grips)
* 7 inch vise grip to clamp on the top nails to wrap the wire on the head.
*10 inch vise grip to clamp on the bottom nails to wrap the wire on the legs
* 5 inch vise grip to hold top and bottom nails together when wrapping together.
Note: You can use one pair of 7 inch ~or~ 5 inch vice grip to wrap the top wires and the bottom wires, but you have to constantly adjust them.
Chuck prefers the 10 inch on the bottoms because he thinks the 10 inch holds the legs best.
- blunt nose side cutters to clip wire ends
- 6 inch short blunt needle nosed pliers to hold the wire when wrapping. (Michaels Craft Store)
- long needle nose jewelers pliers in wrap end.
Wrap one side of the pliers with tape to keep from scraping the wire.
Your fingers will be very sore if you try to hold the wire
too tight while making the cross.
Chuck says the trick to wrapping your wire tight, so you don't mess up your wire supplies, is to let the wire roll off the previously wrapped wire. So you will keep steady pressure downward toward each previously wrapped wire, while letting the wire slip through your fingers.
If you are still having trouble making the wire tight, pull wire downward to tighten after each wrap.
Dipping your cross:
You definitely want to dip your crosses, and the dip does not come in any of the disciples cross supplies.
Chuck uses Delta Ceramcoat EXTERIOR/Interior Varnish.
You can find it at Michaels or craft stores.
Walmart use to carry it, but ours doesn't anymore.
Mix anywhere between 1/3 Delta with 2/3 DISTILLED water up to 1/2 and 1/2.
Don't shake to mix, stir; or you'll have tons of bubbles.
Make sure the temp of the room is above 70 degrees.
The warmer the better.
A heat lamp can heat area the crosses are being dried, if needed.
So the most important parts: warmer the better drying temperature, make sure the bottle says "Exterior/Interior" and use ONLY distilled water.
Chuck has also used Deft; Clear Gloss Brushing Lacquer, which can be found in the paint section of Walmart. This works very well and is a thick non-yellowing dip, but it is toxic and has strong fumes.
As always, we recommend you read all of the manufactures directions and cautions, and strictly follow them. You can read more about Deft here....
There are many choices of dips out there for you to choose from.
Hanging to Dry.
It is much easier if you can come up with a way to hang multiple crosses in the same place, so that you can make more than one at the time. Chuck made a drying area, and strung up long wires to hang his crosses on, once they are made.
He does use the unbent paper clips as cross hangers.Attaching the cord.
Yes, you all know how to tie the cord
, but just incase you need a refresher, here is a demo of the double fishermans knot
I think is quite neat. Now for your display.
Many choose to put their crosses in the ziplock baggies
which work well. Especially if you are putting them in your purse or even a binder with plastic sleeves.
You can also hand them on jewelry stands
for displaying them in stores.Where to sell.
Many producers find good results in Christian book stores, Consignment Shops, Craft Shows, Churches, Youth group fundraisers, Christian school fundraisers, and large local events.
Many producers say they just wear them and give them away. This always seems to bring customers to them.Price:
That is all according to where you will be marketing them and who you will be marketing them to. Usually if you are trying to raise money for a certain group, people will tend to buy, just to help send support.
The internet is saturated with Disciples Cross Makers
, so your best bet is to sell them in your area. High society areas may pay $12 for a cross, where lower income areas may only buy them at a discounted price($5-$6).
People are always looking for good deals, so the two for one prices can generate sales as well.Colors that sell best:
That is another variable that is according to your area.
We have some people that sell the orange like wildfire, and other people that do not sell any orange at all.
I have noticed the black and pinks are the best sellers around here.School colors
, and Sports team colors sell well if you find the right avenue.
It does seem like those we have sold to, one on one, tend to pick their favorite colors
.Wire and nail size:
We have pictures of pre made crosses that compares the different wires and nail sizes
The 22 gauge wire is thinner and easier to wrap than the 20 gauge wire.
The 20 gauge wire seems to show off the bold color more while the 22 gauge makes a more refined piece of jewelry.
The 22 gauge on the size 3 nail is chosen by ladies and children more often. The 20 gauge wire with the 3.5 nail seems to be sold to men more often.
I am careful saying that because if you only have one size wire cross available, men and women will buy what you have. And of course this is only a general statement, because we know men who prefer the 22 gauge and women who prefer the 20 gauge. Ok, are you totally confused?
Lastly, we have pictures of adding a fifth nail to your cross
. It is a lot harder to make. The double wrapped crosses
are for making after you have practice making the regular single wrapped crosses.
Well, we hope we have helped to make your cross making experience easier, and not waste as many of your cross supplies.
If you would like to buy any of your Disciples Cross supplies from us, we'd be honored to serve you.
God bless YOU ALL for spreading the Gospel, while generating a little income for your family at the same time.
The eternal rewards will be worth it all.To Supplies Main Page