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Crafts and Decorating: Rose Bead necklace/bracelet

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justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2001
2:47 PM

Post #654

OK Ladies, lots of work here, but the payoff has to be beautiful. I've never tried this, but always wanted to. I just don't have enough roses!
****Macerated rose petals yield jewelry that is far from flashy, yet it maintains the delicate, elusive sent of roses when the beads are warmed by the skin. What's even more remarkable is that these beads will continue to release their scent over time, often for a 100 years or more!
You'll need an enormous amount of fragrant rose petals to make even a modest necklace, but the end result is worth it. (You can also "stretch" your necklace by alternating beads of silver, gold or glass between your petal beads.
*Materials needed:
*Food processor
*Large cast iron pan
*Large amount of fragrant rose petals
*Essential rose oil
*T-shaped craft pins
*Jewelry wire and clasp
*Assorted metal or glass beads(optional)
*****Instructions******
To make a necklace, gather about a grocery sack full of petals from your most fragrant roses, picked early in the morning after the dew has dried. With a scissors, trim off the tough white part at the base leaving only the colored portion of the petal.
With a food processor, grind the petals in batches as finely as possible. Combine the pureed pulp and place it in a cast iron skillet. Whit a fork, pat the pulp against the bottom and sides of the pan so that as much of the pulp as possible is in direct contract with the metal. Let this mixture sit for 3-4 hours, and then stir, mixing thoroughly. Pat the mixture against the bottom and sides of the skillet again. Let sit for at least 8 hours. Repeat stirring and spreading out the mixture once a day for 1-2 weeks. Continue to cure and age the petal mixture this way until every last bit of pulp is completely dull & black.
Now add at least 3-5 drops of essential rose oil to the cured pulp & mix thoroughly. Form the cured mixture into beads slightly larger than you want the finished bead to be. Rub a bit of rose oil on your hands & gently roll each bead until it is smoother & well rounded.
Pierce each bead through with a T-pin then insert the pin into a sheet of cork or Styrofoam. Allow the beads to dry thoroughly (from four days to 2 weeks depending on the weather)
Once beads have dried thoroughly, thread them onto jewelry bead or button thread or clear fishing twine, adding other beads if desired. Attach a jewelry catch to the ends of the thread or twine to complete the necklace

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