Beads made out of rose petals have been around for centuries; they have been used in meditation, in rosaries, and in jewlery. I have always found them fascinating and am in love with the idea of a bead simply made out of roses.
What you need:
3-8 cups of dark and fragrant rose petals (garden variety or florist shop); we used pink and yellow since that’s what we had available
Pan (cast iron pans are great because they create a really dark bead)
Mortar and pestle or blender
Chopstick, knitting needle or pin
Method:Put the rose petals in a pan and cover them with water; simmer for an hour. Do not let the water boil, this will kill the fragrance. After 1 hour take the petals off the heat and let cool. After the petals completely cool, simmer again for another hour. This is what our petals looked like after 2 simmerings. The petal pulp should be soft enough to create a paste.
Use a mortar and pestle, or a blender, to break down the petal fibers into a paste. Strain out enough water until you are able to form a ball out of the paste.
Take a large piece of dough and make it into a ball, the beads will shrink about 30% when finished drying, so keep this in mind. Use a pin or chopstick to poke a hole through the beads, depending on how you plan to use your beads when dry.
Wow, the beads really darkened during the drying process and they are as hard as rocks! Our pink and yellow petals didn’t make the most attractive beads, but they smell good and a lot of science was involved in making them.
I think we will try this again but with different flower petals, perhaps peonies; green leaves won’t work because chylorphyll is too slimy. Staphanie and her cutie-pie kids at Ordinary Life Magic, are in the process of making rose petal beads also; be sure to keep visiting them to see their method.