Rose Beads

Wear rose beads for a natural sweet-scented fragrance.

+ enlarge image Rose beads are a natural perfume.

Enjoy this craft of years gone by, using roses from a special occasion, such as a wedding or a birthday. Alternate the earthy, handmade rose beads with other pretty beads, if you like. When not in use, store the beads in a drawer as a delicate sachet.

Click here to learn how to make a beautiful rose bouquet.

What You Need:

  • 4 cups dried rose petals
  • Coffee or spice mill
  • Cast-iron pot
  • Bottled rosewater
  • 2-quart glass or porcelain bowl
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Essential oil of rose
  • Large plate or tray
  • Carpet thread
  • Darning needle
  • Coat hanger
  • Beading thread


+ enlarge image Step 1

1. Dry the rose petals in a warm, dark, airy place until they are brittle. Pulverize the petals in a coffee or spice mill until they're finely powdered. In a cast-iron pot, blend the rose petal powder with enough rosewater to make a mash. Simmer on the stove for 30 minutes, stirring often. Add rosewater as needed to prevent scorching. Repeat the simmering process three days in a row, leaving the mash in the pot from day to day. The mash will gradually react with the iron and turn black. Place the mash in a glass or porcelain bowl. Blend in the flour to form a dough. If you don't shape the beads right away, cover the dough and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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2. To shape beads, pinch off bits of dough; roll them between your thumb and forefinger into smooth, pea-size spheres. Dab your fingertips with rose essential oil to intensify the beads' fragrance as you shape them. Set the finished beads on a large plate. String the beads onto 15-inch lengths of carpet thread, knotted at one end, using a darning needle. Push the needle through the center of each bead; slide the bead onto the thread. Tie strands of beads to the bottom of a hanger; knot each strand to secure it. Hang the beads to dry in a warm, dark place. Each day, gently slide the beads up and down each thread to prevent them from sticking to it. Beads dry completely in a week to 10 days. Restring on beading thread in desired length. Attach a clasp, or tie the strand with a knot.

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