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How to Make Rose Beads From Your Wedding Flowers

Updated on May 13, 2016

Making beads from rose petals is not difficult. A little patience is needed, but when you are done making them, your flowers from your wedding can be turned into a lovely necklace that you will be able to wear forever. These beads are high quality and won't fall apart.

You can also make beads from flowers you receive on any other important occasion, your birthday, Valentine's Day, graduation, or any other holiday. Or just from your garden when there are flowers blooming. Anytime you have a lovely bouquet, you can make the petals into lovely beads for necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, or perhaps a rosary. They also make good bridesmaid gifts.

Jewelry set made from red roses.
Jewelry set made from red roses.

What Colors to Use

Every time you cook up roses to make rose beads, the color changes. Some colors change in a beautiful way, some change to colors you wouldn't expect because of the process of oxidation. White roses usually turn a grey or dark beige that is not very pretty. You can make them white instead of brown, but you will need to add other things to them.

Yellow roses can be a little disappointing. When you cook them they turn a brown color which isn't very pleasing. You have a few choices. The good news is that I have found a way to make yellow beads, which is a good thing because my mother loves yellow roses more than anything else. Yellow with some red roses turn out beautifully, but they will not be yellow.

All rose beads will be black or very dark brown if you use the old way of cooking them in a cast iron skillet. Do not make this older recipe for rose beads if the color is important.

beads made of roses
beads made of roses
Rose petals ready for cooking
Rose petals ready for cooking

Ingredients and Cooking

You don't even need to wait for a wedding! You can just go out into a summer garden, or simply buy flowers at the store. You do not need to use extremely fresh flowers, either. If your local flower shop has older flowers they are throwing away, then these are fine to use too. I used chrysanthemums too, and the beads were fine, but have found that flowers with "meatier" petals worked best. Dry papery petals are not as good for bead making, but you can try any flower in your garden. You will be pleasantly surprised at the results. The beads are often a brown color, which looks a little like clay.

Preparing to make the beads is the most important part. You will not only need flowers, but you will need other supplies. For making the rose dough you will need:

  • Petals from at least 8 to 12 roses
  • Distilled water
  • Frying pan, non-stick, or if you want the traditional black beads you should use a traditional black cast iron pan. An old cast iron chicken fryer works as well.
  • Blender (critical for smooth, good-looking beads)

How to proceed: Cooking first

  1. Put the petals in a non-stick or cast iron frying pan. You can snip them into strips for easier cooking. Do not include the ball inside the flower that becomes the rose hip later, and try to knock out all the little round seed-like things from inside the bud before putting the petals in the pot.
  2. Add about 1/2 cup water (using distilled water guarantees a purer fragrance) and cook just under the boiling point until the petals get soft.
  3. Be careful not to let all the water evaporate. Keep watching the pot carefully and add water if necessary.
  4. When the petals are very soft, turn the mixture off and let it cool. They should look a bit translucent, like a cooked vegetable. This might take 20-30 minutes. This is the first step to creating the dough.

Bracelet made from white roses.
Bracelet made from white roses.
Unblended and blended rose petals
Unblended and blended rose petals

Making the Dough

  1. Take the rose petal mix and put it in a blender, adding enough water for the mixture to get thoroughly blended, like a smoothie. It would be hard to blend it too much, but easy not to blend it enough. You can see in the picture the difference between the petals before they were blended and after.
  2. Make you're your final "glop" looks glossy and a bit like pudding, and you do not see separate pieces of rose petal in it.
  3. Put it back in the skillet, and bring to just under a boil, stirring constantly. Repeat this procedure until much of the water has evaporated off and the mixture is drier than applesauce.
  4. You can add rose oil at this point if your original roses had no smell. This is an art—you will need to try several times until you get the feeling.
  5. If your rose petal sauce is as wet as applesauce, you will not be able to add much to the clay. It is better to have it dry, like a dry jam, or even like a clay. I like to put the sauce/clay on parchment paper and let it sit in my oven overnight. Since it is a gas oven, the pilot lights keep it ever so slightly warm, and the clay dries out. You can peel it off the parchment paper in the morning.

rose petals cooked in a cast iron pan
rose petals cooked in a cast iron pan

Making the Beads

Making the final dough:

  1. You can carefully shape bits of the rose clay into beads—round or oval work well. Depending on the amount of water in your dough, the beads will shrink accordingly. The less water, the better the bead will be.
  2. Put a nail (or big quilting pin) through the center of each and push into a piece of Styrofoam. Start with the beads at the top of the nail, and then a few hours later push the bead to the bottom of the pin.
  3. Keep pushing the beads up and down on the pins or nails so that they don't stick. If you want to make a bracelet, you should use a stainless steel nail, wire brads do well, and that makes the hole larger to take elastic beading thread. Take the bead off the nail after 24 hours unless the clay was very wet.
  4. Let the beads dry for a few days. Longer never hurts. If it is summer, you can put them out in the sun to dry and they will lose their water faster. If you wear the beads, they will continue to darken and polish, and release their fragrance.
  5. Do not store in a plastic bag, but leave out in a dry place for several months until they have thoroughly lost all their water. You can also store them in a box with rose petals.
  6. Please make sure your beads don't get wet. They are organic, not made of glass or stone. Some rain falling on them will not hurt them if you dry them afterwards, but if you leave them outside in the rain, or spend time in a swimming pool with them on, they will disintegrate.

Rose Clay

Clay and beads made from petals.
Clay and beads made from petals.
Rose bead necklaces.
Rose bead necklaces.

Stringing Your Beads

This is where you really get creative! To string the beads you can use bead-stringing kits from craft shops or bead stores. I found everything I needed at Michaels, and Joann Fabrics has supplies too.

  • I used a strong bead wire called "tiger-tail" which came in a kit along with the hooks and rings, as well as crimping beads to secure the wire. If you go to a shop you can look in some of their instructional books and see how to do it. If you would make more than one, a "crimping tool" is a nice tool to have.
  • Michael's had a cheap bead-layout board so you could see how the final necklace would look. Make sure to take some of the final beads with you to check the colors. I was surprised to discover that purple looked very good with all the rose bead colors, and that the reds that Michaels shop had were not as appealing in my opinion. So don't forget to take the rose beads when you go!
  • You can make the beads go further by adding glass, seed, or crystal beads in between the rose beads, and it adds some color to the necklace. The smell is dreamy, and even if you don't wear them, you could put them in your clothes drawer and enjoy the lovely fragrance.
  • You can string your beads on cotton embroidery floss that has been soaked in rose oil for a number of weeks before you string them into a necklace, or you can put a small piece of tissue that is saturated with the oil in the box you keep them in. Either way, they will retain the smell of roses.

Green and white beads.
Green and white beads.

Sunflower Beads

Sunflower petals are too thin to be made into beads easily.

When my Mom was ill before she passed away, she craved sunflowers. I understood. They have the essence of sunshine in them, and seem to be full of energy. I have always wanted to live in a farming area where they plant sunflowers in the summer. Wouldn't that be a great place to be? I made this necklace from her sunflowers, and it makes me think of her.

Sunflower necklace.
Sunflower necklace.
rose bead bracelets
rose bead bracelets

Bracelets

You can make bracelets using beading thread that is elastic. I like to use bigger nails and then have plenty of room to fit two strings of elastic thread through to make it sturdier. If the person you are giving it to has arthritis, this is a wonderful way to get around having to hook the bracelet on their wrist. It works very well, and the convenience is well worth it. Make sure you use two strands of thinner beading thread for a sturdier bracelet.

In this photo you can see how rose beads can be combined with other beads, stones, and pearls to make lovely jewelry. If you don't have a lot of beads to give to your bridesmaids, you can always use one or two beads, and then add stones and pearls to complete the bracelet.

Rose petal bead bracelet by KT
Rose petal bead bracelet by KT

Care

You can protect your beads a little by rubbing rose oil on them after they are dry. The traditional recipe here will hold up well this way, although you will still need to take care that they not get wet.

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      rskias 8 months ago

      I have made my flower clay and formed some beads. They start out nice and round but have dried to become quite irregular. Is there something that can be added to the flower clay to make the beads more uniform, a little denser and smoother? I'd like the beads to look homemade but not quite so irregular. I'd like to purchase your book but I'm not a kindle subscriber and can't find it anywhere else. HELP! I have fallen in love with bead making. My polymer clay beads have come out very nice.

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      Dee Jeansonne 2 years ago

      thanks for sharing. my Mother passed & I wanted to make something with her flowers but did not know how. I will try my hand at this.

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      Linda Hoxie 2 years ago from Idaho

      Very interesting, I had no clue you could make beads from Rose petals, thank you!

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      Elyn MacInnis 2 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @fluffy62: There are a number of ways to coat them. I think sometimes varnish can change the color. The book has a number of ways listed.

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      fluffy62 2 years ago

      can you varnish them

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      Elyn MacInnis 2 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Faye Rutledge: You are welcome! It's a pleasure.

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      Elyn MacInnis 2 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @ecogranny: You are so welcome. Thanks for coming by....

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      I rarely wear jewelry, and I have never seen rose beads before, but I love this idea! I'm going to share it with a friend who makes paper beads. I know she will be interested. Thank you so much!

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      I love this idea. Wish I'd know about it before. Thanks for your visit and comment to my LotD today! :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @GEMNITYA5: Thanks so much! So glad you liked them.

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      michelle-shambora 3 years ago

      I would like to make rose beads out of memorial service flowers for the gran & great gran kids, I want to make them into a topper for a beaded bookmarks for their bibles. Can I spray them with something to protect them?

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      Superb rose-beads

      Also shared on Facebook :)

      Blessings

      GEM

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @AnnaMKB: You can use other flowers. I have a list in the book - I know flowers are expensive, but sometimes you can get a friend who has a big bouquet to give you the roses or other flowers when they go limp or fade... I always use "old" roses, after I have enjoyed them for a week or so.

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      AnnaMKB 3 years ago

      Very nice! I have instructions on how to make rose petal beads in one of my herb books. Slightly different than yours, but then, no blender, either. ;-) I've always wanted to try it, but I don't normally have roses around to use.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I have never made of or even heard of rose beads. What a creative way to commemorate a special event! Thanks for sharing!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @carlee-cunningham-73: Hi Carlee - I will send you an email about how to get the Kindle on your computer.

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      getupandgrow 3 years ago

      What an amazing, original and nature-friendly idea. I would never have dreamed this was possible.

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Rideauview: What a charming idea - yes, there are lots of ways to save flowers. Yours is lovely too!

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      Rideauview 3 years ago

      No I haven't but many years ago I started drying my rose bouquets that I received on Valentine's Day and putting them in amongst the pot pourri I had in a china chamber pot in the bathroom,. That pot has been filled and refilled many times. Just recently I had a brainwave. I had an old large grapevine wreath in the kitchen that was showing its age. So now I dry the roses leaving a short piece of the stem just push them into the wreath. They look fabulous. I have learned over the years not to leave the roses too long before removing the leaves, I know it is hard to take them out of the vase but you won't be sorry don't leave them until the petals start falling off, you will have them to look at for many years. Just hang them upside down in the kitchen window for a couple of weeks to dry then decorate your wreath.

      Although I love the bead idea, this less time consuming.

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      Lovely lens and very interesting. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      suzyjahi 3 years ago

      AWESOME AND VERY CREATIVE!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      This lens is very beautiful and informative, I love it :)

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      PartyLocations5 3 years ago

      This is so great idea.First time I read something about this.Necklace from the roses-amazing!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I'd love to make these but I know I won't! I'm always too busy for these craty things. I think these are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your skills.

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Wow, very interesting. What a great way to preserve a cherished memory.

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @kowalke: All I can say is check one and see. There are suggestions for finishing the beads to make them waterproof in the book.

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      kowalke 3 years ago

      I was wondering, If you arent worried about the beads continuing to smell could a person put a clear coat on them to help prevent the chance of them getting ruined from water or body sweat? Do you think that by doing so it would alter the color of the beads?

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Cinnamonbite: The good news is that you don't need a cast iron pot. Isn't that great?

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      Cinnamonbite 3 years ago

      I wanted to make these when I was a kid but didn't have a cast iron pot. Then for the short time I had a cast iron pot (those things are horrible to clean and take care of, I threw it away after a couple of months) I didn't have roses. Live. Sometimes things just don't work out, does it? LOL

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @miaponzo: Yes - saving flowers is a wonderful way to remember a special day. I love having necklaces from flowers from Valentine's Day or Christmas or Mother's Day. Any special flowers work.

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      nonya222 3 years ago

      I have never even heard of rose beads before. This is AWESOME! What a great keepsake for a bride.

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      miaponzo 3 years ago

      I just LOVE these!!! It would also be cool to cover your wedding flowers with resin and make jewelry out of that!!!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      What a wonderful sweet idea for preserving memories and sharing the love!

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Hi Rachel. Some are better than others. I go into all the flowers I have tried in the book. If you would like all the special tips on how to make them as pretty as possible, could I recommend that you but a copy of my book? It is only 3.99 and you don't need a kindle to read it. You can just download a small app from the Amazon site and then you can read it on your computer.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      do you have to use roses or will any flower work?

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      weddinspire 3 years ago

      Great.. lens truly What an amazing idea to make beads by rose..

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      What a nice post. Thank you for sharing this crafty lens

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      katespetcorner1 3 years ago

      This is brilliant, I always dry flowers out as I don't have the heart to throw them away. What a great souvenir for the bride too!

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      SantiagoPadilla 3 years ago

      What a nice post..Really Liked it.

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      Susan Hazelton 3 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I have never seen or heard of beads made from flower petals. It's fascinating.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My grandmother and I made rose beads by grinding the petals through an antique hand cranked meat grinder. Rolled them into balls in the palm of our hand. Ran a straight pin thru each ball and then stuck it into styrofoam You ball should be twice the size you want as it shrinks that much once dried. Takes about a week to dry. They were a beautiful rosary when done!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Remembering important times brings healing. How nice that you could have all the love from your roses turned into something you could keep.

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: I have heard this from quite a number of people. It's a very meaningful way to save the roses.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      A friend of mine kept all of the roses from his grandmother's funeral and had rosaries, necklaces and earrings made for his sisters and nieces & nephews. What a beautiful remembrance. He brought his to some convent in Chicago where the nuns made them.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      When my boys were killed in a car accident I gathered up all the roses from the funeral and sent the off the the nuns in Chicago. They made us rosaries and a rosary bracelet for my daughter. It really means a lot to me to have them. I wish I would have known how to do it myself. Thanks for all your information.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Oh, what a great idea! LOVELY lovely lens.

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      roger530 3 years ago

      Nice lens with good instructions on how to make rose beads with wedding flowers.

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Hi Star,

      The rough look is the character of the traditional method rose bead. Dark brown is the color that white/ivory beads will become, so that is normal. If you put them in strong sunshine in the heat of the day, the outside might dry faster than the inside. If you want to try again with more flowers in the future, I really recommend you get the book Rose Beads (up at the top of the page) which has lots of detail so you can have the color and style you want most. There are some examples of brown beads strung with stones at rosebead dot com, and you might like to have a look at them.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I tried my first batch of rose beads with ivory pedals from my wedding. Very excited. I left them outside to dry with the natural sun. They did shrink which is ok but dried up a little rough looking and dark brown. The clay mix was smooth in the beginning of the process. The rough look gives it character but I am wondering if I did something wrong or if the Arizona sun was too powerful.

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Yes- I have never tried adding other smells because I am so fond of rose, but I do like sandalwood too. This is a great idea.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      with this original sandalwood beads can be mixed ....either readymade powder made into a paste or ground paste { you have to grind sandalwood in a grinding stone} should be thick.....no heating or cooking,,,make the rounds and then poke the pin inside the beads push it to and fro when it is half dried....dry it and use it ..you can add fragrance ..sandalwood essential oil

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: What a marvelous idea. Our ancestors were so smart!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes but they were different worked in a pioneer village in Arizona. We rolled the fresh petals onto string and hung them in the doorways for the smell as the breeze blew and to keep the flies away. they were oval shaped. this is fascinating going to try it with my mothers day flowers...... shalom

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      This is really something. I would love to make this necklace. Congratulations on your book, and hope it does well. Such a great project. Thanks for making it available to us.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I remembered buying a rosary made of rose beads. The smell is still with me even if the rosary is no longer around.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      What a thrilling idea. Can't wait to find some time to make a set.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      My niece is getting married next Augist and is looking for ideas, I'll pass this along.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Yes you can - if it was not treated with a lot of chemicals, take the petals and squish them into a fine dust. Proceed with boiling from there.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you use a dried bouquet? I would love to do my wedding bouquet if it's not too late

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A woman who used to work with me makes these. Has been for well over a year now.

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      whitebob_king 4 years ago

      I have to say that this is the first time i know rose can so creative.

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      belinhafernandes 4 years ago

      Hi! This is amazing! Never imagine one could transform rose petals into beads! This must be the most fantastic lens I read so far!Thanks for sharing!

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      Bluefaerie19 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic way to save flowers from special occasions, thank you so much for sharing! I'm sentimental and always want to keep my Valentine's flowers, wedding flowers etc, and this is a great way to do it.

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      This is such a lovely lens.

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      empathzone 4 years ago

      This is awesome! We have some flowers in the garden, I will give it a try.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      I haven't even heard about rose bead jewelry, but now I have to make at least a necklace from rose petals :)

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      miller83 4 years ago

      What a superb lens. Never made anything like this but will definitely do some with my daughter. She will love it. Thank you.

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      this is beautiful.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Oops, with Squidoo's new ruling, I am not allowed to bless this lens. They are only allowing 5 per lens now. Too bad, I really love it and thing you and every good lens deserves recognition. I will pin it instead to my "Bead Jewelry" board.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      What an awesome lens. I had never heard of rose beads before. I always feel sad when having to throw out roses Now with this tutorial, I won't have to and a beaded necklace is easy to take along when traveling. *Squid Angel Blessed*

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      I like what you have done here! Learned a lot on how to keep the roses forever by making beads out from the rose petals. Very nice lens!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Yes- when they heat up a little they do have a lovely fragrance. I have some beads that were made in 1998, and they are still lovely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've found when wearing rose beads, the heat from your body enables them to give off a light rose scent. If taken care of properly, they may last for generations to come. What a beautiful gift to pass on to someone you love.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      WOW what a great idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We had this done with flowers from my grandfathers funeral, each grandchild got a mini rosary.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      My mother Luisa will be extra happy to access this lens for her planning :)

      Thanks so much and see you soon!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is awesome. I did not know you could do so much with roses. Thanks for sharing.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      I love your lens. Congratulations on getting the Purple Star for this beauty! Nice work, thanks for sharing. ~Blessed~

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      Thank you for showing us how to make rose beads. It's a wonderful way to preserve roses from special occasions. One day when I've a little time to spare I really will try this. It's nice to have little projects tucked away for a rainy day.

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      How lovey! I never knew you could do that with roses! Thank you so much for sharing and I enjoyed your lens a lot read it straight through actually :) Blessed.

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      Very interesting tutorial and nice lens! Blessed!

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      FastSecrets 4 years ago

      This is the perfect lens for anybody who wishes to find

      out about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost tough

      to argue with you (not that I personally will need toâ¦HaHa).

      You certainly put a new spin on a topic which has been written about for a long time.

      Great stuff, just great!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      Love this tutorial. You've been hit by Cupid!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Diana - I would be happy to help you. Please click on my picture at the top of the page and click on the "contact" button. Then you can send me an email. I would be happy to reply or even talk on the phone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi. I am so curious to know if I can use other kinds of flowers to make these beads. I am getting married in 9 days and would love to preserve my flowers but in memory of my mom I decided to use carnations her favorite flower for my bouquet? Any suggestions would be great...

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      InfoCoop 4 years ago

      I've never heard of this before and am absolutely fascinated by it.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Actually, the rosary got its name from a collection of prayers called "a rose garden" well before anyone thought of using rose petals for beads. But they fit well!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Thank you wonderful Tipi! Glad to kmow about the blessings. I have noticed that sometimes they don't make it through, and if I leave the page it never registers. So I do likes and blessings and then let it sit for a while until I am sure it is registered.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Glad I peeked back in, my blessing had disappeared, a few of us have been noticing likes and blessing just "poof" disappearing here and there....my pleasure to put it back. Otherwise, it takes about a year before a blessing can be regiven and I know for sure I had left one here...its all good!

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I've read about them, even pulled an article from an herb book back when I was gardening really heavy, but never made them. Loved the pictures. From what I understand that's how rosary beads got their name.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This looks really great! Thanks

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      Coco_nut 4 years ago

      This is an amazing idea and I am going to try it for sure!

      I am new at Squidoo so if you have some free time, I would appreciate any comments on my first lens.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Yes. You can pinch them into dust, and then cook them as usual.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My mother bought a rosary made from rose petals in Spain back in the '60's. It still smells like roses over 50 years later.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      would this work with already naturally dried rose petals?

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      pnpphotography 4 years ago

      This recipe will make quality, long lasting hard beads.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Sweet. I suspect they were from Italy, where they add dry clay to the beads.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am 59 years old and when i was a child my grandmother had some they where more like chalk beads and i loves holding them and smelling them the smell always seemed to be there lovely.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: It is just the flower base, where all the petals attach. Make sure you just take off the petals and don't get anything else and it will be fine.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Yes - the answer is below.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Yes - But first you have to make sure the petals are very dry, and then use your fingers to break them up into the finest dust possible. Then follow the process.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @ricber: Oh, thank you for your kind comments!

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      ricber 4 years ago

      The ideas you provided hereâs extremely precious. It turned out a real pleasurable surprise to get that awaiting me while i woke up today. They may be constantly to the level and easy to be aware of. Thanks plenty for your valuable ideas youâve got shared in this How to Make Rose Beads from your Wedding Flowers article.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Geri - I know quite a few people who have made rose beads from funeral flowers. It is a lovely and very meaningful gift. I have made them too, and turned them into a rosary for Catholic friends who lost their mother. How lovely that you could make a necklace for someone who had just lost their grandmother.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: It doesn't work as well as other things, because it turns them soggy. Tung oil is best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you put mod lodge on the rose beads after they dry to protect them?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Rose beads are a wonderful gift for any occasion. I have made several items out of flower beads. Funeral flowers are special. Most people do not want to let them go. Rose bead jewelry during at a time losing a loved one can really speak to the heart. I made some for a young lady who had just lost her grandmother. The girl was delighted to receive the gift. I put the necklace in a little jewelry box and wrapped it . There is no occasion that is to large or to small. If there are flowers, Rose beads are a great Thank you gift as well as a Memorial gift.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A gift of love and appreciation.

      I have made several sets of rose bead items. Funeral flowers made into jewelry makes a wonderful memorial gift. There is no situation so large or so small that a peace of jewelry wouldn't make a person feel special.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you use dried flowers? Maybe soak them first?

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea. Great lens. Blessed.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Hi, I guess it's a good thing I checked the comments! If your rose petal blend is very well blended then you can just let it rest if you like. The point is to let the water evaporate until you have what amounts to a thick paste. I am about to publish a book on making rose beads. If you would like to be a guinea pig, please write me an email today and I will send it to you. Click on my picture on the lens, and go to my lensmaster page. Then there is a small box you can click under my picture that says "contact me." Please send me an email with a return email address and if you like, send your phone number.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can someone tell me when to stop cooking? Will I burn it? I have been cooked mine about 4 hours so far. Still has a fair amount of liquid... But is like a thick baby food consistency... I am so afraid I will ruin these. They are from a funeral and this is my first time...

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      0lvfngrz 4 years ago

      has Anyone ever tried this with poinsettia?

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: No - if there isn't enough water, the petals don't blend well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I remember making these is elementary school many, many years ago - My Mom still has them! Can't wait to try making them again! :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @accfuller: I think that would work - you might need to add water to the petals to help them be wet enough to cook.

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      accfuller 4 years ago

      I'd like to try this! My wedding bouquet is in my freezer! Thanks :)

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      This seems like a fantastic craft idea. And I'm sure that rose beads take on a special meaning when made into jewelry. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      These are amazing!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      scribenet lm 4 years ago

      I have never heard of rose beads, but I like the idea, there would have been some roses I would have iked to have preserved this way! Interesting.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Wow - this is a really cool tutorial for making beads - I had no idea you could make them out of flowers. Really cool, blessed! :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @GregoryMoore: This is a wonderful idea - and I have done that for my Catholic friends too. After a funeral I take the roses and make them a rosary from the flowers at the funeral. It is really meaningful.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My cousin and her three children were killed in a car crash several years ago, and my mother had rose beads made from flowers we kept from the service. She gave bracelets made from these beads to all the family members and they made for cherished keepsakes.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Fabulous instructions and looks really beautiful! Blessed ;)

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Making rosebeads is a great idea! Going to tell my wife about your lens and constructive ideas. Big thanks and Happy Holidays!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Does this work for dried rose petals too? I have a box with dark red petals from 3 roses I got for Valentines Day last year and thought this would be better for them than just sitting in the corner of my room.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In the directions about cooking, when you say don't use the ball in the middle, what exactly are you talking about? I bought my roses at the grocery and there is no ball in the middle. I am very interested to know what you would do with rose hips, but are they in every rose?

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Renmeleon: It's interesting - when my daughter was small our dryer broke, and then I had to use the public dryers where people were using dryer sheets. She got a hideous rash, and the woman at the laundromat told me that some people are allergic to dryer sheets, and that even if you didn't put a sheet in, but the person using the dryer before you had used one in the dryer, there was an issue. So we hung her clothes out to dry, and the rash went away. Since then I have not used dryer sheets. But you could use 100% cotton cheesecloth (which you can get at a kitchen or hardware store) or even an old silk scarf and I am sure it would work fine. Nice idea!

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      Renmeleon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sew them up inside of used, doubled dryer sheet. They are porous enough to still smell the rose oil, but should keep them from staining. (Should.) The non-fragrant dryer sheets work the best for obvious reasons...unless you can find rose scented ones!

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      Renmeleon 4 years ago

      Fabulous tutorial, though I wish some of the photos could be enlarged so that I could see the details. These are so lovely. I will have to research what other flowers can be used, though I am assuming any edible flower would work without having to worry about toxicity level. This is going to be one of our holiday projects this year! Thank you so much for posting this.

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      This is all new to me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: Do u have to drain out the water when ur do going to blend the pedals?

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Jessica - The nails you use have to be stainless or some other metal that won't rust. They make some nails that are covered in something white - not sure what it is. If you use those, they won't rust either.

      About extra rose clay - you can make disks and put them in your drawers. You might need to add some rose oil every once in a while to renew their fragrance, but it would be one nice way to use the extra.

      Hope that helps!

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      Aumlanka 4 years ago

      This is such a great project! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I can't wait to try this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wow, this is really interesting. never heard of this technique before. thank you for sharing.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: You are very welcome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dit is echt geweldig. Bedankt voor al dit moois

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      madline 4 years ago

      I remember as a child my parents going to cloisture where nuns used to make rose beads into rosaries. It was always mystifying to me.I have longed to learn the technique since a child and now I found it. Thank you, you made my day.

      I remember the soft feel of them and the scent was wonderful. Thanks for the Memories.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant ideas! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for the step by step. I put mine on nails and I started to notice that the area around the hole that were poked started turning black. I thought maybe it was due to the nails, well today they are all black and honestly quite ugly. Not smooth just really ugly. They did shrink and that is fine, the roses are the same color in your pictures and the clay is the same color too. I didn't use all the clay so any advice would be helpful. Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would this work with other kinds of flowers as well?

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      cdgood 4 years ago

      I made some years ago, thanks for the reminder!

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      VeronicaHaynes 4 years ago

      Wow, so neat. I've only heard of sandalwood beads. I bet these also smell incredible.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      The necklace is beautiful!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: If they are dry, they won't stain. But if they were the Italian kind, some tissue would have been a good idea. They are extremely fragrant.

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      maijame 4 years ago

      This is really cool! Never heard of making beads this way, before reading your lens,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My grandmother had rose petal discs that she put in her lingerie drawer. I don't know how she kept them from staining. Tissue paper maybe?

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      wilcher 4 years ago

      Wow, that's great!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I remember when I first read this tutorial about rosebeads I was totally amazed because I had not heard of it before, but definitely want to try it now. Blessings!

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      fredsassy 4 years ago

      What a cool idea

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, about 50 years (!!!) ago a friend's mother bought some beautiful prayer beads (rosery) made from rose petals. I understood that these were made by nuns from Italy. I so wanted to know how they did that! Thank you for publishing this article.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @StephanieMangino: I am so glad you like it. It makes a great wedding gift - it takes more time than buying something or giving money, but it has more meaning.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never heard of this. I love it! A beautiful way to preserve roses.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: You could also put in beads in the colors of the wedding, and that way you would have the natural smell of the rose petal beads too. Good idea!

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      great stuff, wish i could create one!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      would be really cute to make these, and paint them with either the polish the bride wore or in her wedding colors with nail polish

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      janet-miller-aka-lewis 4 years ago

      Wow I love this, Going to try my hand at this. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. <3

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      Stephanie Mangino 4 years ago

      This is an absolutely wonderful lens! Congratulations on more than 38,000 pins now and 240 Facebook likes. Thank you for creating something so excellent that so many people enjoy!

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      SailingPassion LM 4 years ago

      Wow - really interesting. Had no idea this could be done - what a great idea!

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      hristina-stamatova 4 years ago

      Fascinating!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fascinating! I love these rose beads. So feminine, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      morgaann 4 years ago

      This is really a nice lens from your site

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing. This is such a wonderful idea, had never heard of anything like it before!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a rose bead rosary made from the flowers from my dad's funeral, a cross made from my mom's funeral flowers and a simple one-bead with a crystal necklace from my mother-in-law's funeral. Twenty years+ later they still have the faint smell. I remember years ago when the nuns made these things.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      what a wonderful way to keep something so special forever :)

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I never knew you could make beads from flowers.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @shauna1934: If you enjoy it - it is easy to make the beads, but it takes patience and a few days in a row when you have some time each day to do it step by step. I like it that way - not too much at a time. I often make beads from roses I might have in a bouquet, especially Valentines Day roses from my sweet husband!

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      shauna1934 4 years ago

      What a fantastic idea and keepsake! Love it! I used to save all the petals from all the roses I got in a vase... Would be neat to make roses out of some flowers from each bouquet, and create jewelry from them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've made beads of polymer clay but I think this is the first I've heard of making them out of rose petals and you sure cover every step from A to Z. What a precious way to preserve and wear your wedding memories, beautifully presented in every way and blessed! Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      What an incredible way to save memories. I never heard of this technique before. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Never get tired of reading iof ways that squids have of turning the most unusual into great art. This is another example of the innovative and wonderful ways this happens. Great ideas and nicely done lens, Blessed. Hugs

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic craft idea. Never even thought of this. Blessed!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi this is all new to me, thanks for sharing. Blessing and added to my lens.. Squid Angel flinnie.

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      goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

      i have never seen such rose beads. i´ve seen rose buttons but made out of plastic. congratulations for winning the purple star award. thank you for sharing and blessing.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Not sure - perhaps you could do a small test and see...

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      Marie 4 years ago

      Such a beautiful way to keep the rose flowers forever. I love this idea and I've never seen it done before. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 4 years ago

      You've provided good instructions with your lens for those who do this type of hobby. Nice lens

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      inutzza21 4 years ago

      This is a lovely idea. What a great way to keep wedding memories.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would poppies or sunflowers work with this also?

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      Srena44 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      Ahdilarum 4 years ago

      This lens provide much fragrance..

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Very crafty, you learn something new on Squidoo everyday; thanks for all the awesome ideas and instructions. Cool Lens.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Yes - but they are not all appropriate. You should try them in a small batch to see.

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      Noelle and Dan 4 years ago

      Great idea. Super informative lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you use flowers other than Roses?

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      purpleslug 4 years ago

      I have never heard of the rose beads, but love the idea. Thanks for this great lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      After my brother died, my sister took the flowers and had beads made. Now I know how to do it. Thanks for this great tutorial!

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      dahlia369 4 years ago

      I get very much amazed with creative projects like this one - especially the fact that these rose beads can keep the scent for that long. An excellent lens, instructions and all - congrats!! :)

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      What a wonderful keepsake, I've never heard of it . Great lens and share.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a really neat idea. Nice sentimental keepsake...however, I will probably have to wait till I retire to have the time for the project. But definitely on my to do bucket list. Would make a great gift to leave to children/grandchildren.

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      alex89 lm 4 years ago

      I've never heard of these before, but it sounds really nice and I would love to try to make some.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Beautiful! I'd love a rose bead necklace and no, I've never seen one before. What a wonderful idea!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Gypzeerose: Hi! I am so glad you like it. The great thing is that you don't need to get married to make beads from flowers. You can make them from ANY flowers, any time, anywhere.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      This is really cool, I love the idea of making beads from roses, lovely illustrations and instructions thanks.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This is an amazing wonderful lens. And others must agree too. I have never seen a lens with over 2K pins. I pinned it to my board: Crafts I love (please email me if you want it removed) and sent it out by facebook and google plus. And blessed it of course. :) I will definitely make these beads if I get married again. This craft could also be used to commemorate other important times: graduation bouquets, the flowers that are given to a new mum after a baby is born, the roses you present to an actress after she is in a school play - all of these would be great in this craft. Great Job!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: Do you remember how they were made.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      What a wonderful idea and an awesome keepsake!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My mother past away a little over two years ago and my aunts from a small town in Ohio were here for the funeral. I noticed these gorgeous bracelets on their wrists and asked them what they were. They were rose bracelets from my other aunts funeral! I loved them so much we had bracelets and crosses (for the men) made for immediate family. Such a lovely memoir..

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: I haven't tried it but I bet you can. Just crush the roses into powder, and then squish them into the clay with your fingers. Add a few drops of water if you have to.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: I think it isn't so easy to mix in the roses if they are dry. But you could add water to the dried roses and let them soak for a while, and then perhaps it would be easier to mix them in with the clay. There used to be places online where you could send dried roses for inclusion into a clay mix that is then fired in a kiln. This method makes it possible for you to do it yourself without having to fire them in a kiln.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you used dried roses?

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I had no idea that beads could be made from roses and other flowers - what a fabulous idea.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Echo Phoenix: It is quite a process and takes a while, but it is worth it if you want to make some heirloom beads from a wedding bouquet. I have also made rosaries from funeral flowers, and just some sweet beads from a Valentine's bouquet.

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      Squidtastic! I used to have a bead shop, years ago just before they become super popular again and I still work with beads as a hobby. I love beads! These are magnificent, I have never tried this but will now:) thanks!

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      DIY Mary 4 years ago

      I'd never heard of rose beads until now. What a neat idea!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @sherioz: I put an answer to your question above - because no doubt others will be wondering the same thing.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      OMG I love this idea!!!!! Thanks for sharing it! Blessed!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I just got back from visiting a workshop where they handmake clay beads and was thinking I can't do that at home as I don't have a kiln. You just solved my problem for me. This is a great idea!! How long do they keep giving off the smell?

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @anonymous: I have added bigger photos. When I first did this lens I did not know there was a big photo module! Been educated since...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, what a neat idea!, I'll have to share with my future daughter in law

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      rachelscott 5 years ago

      Wow we can make it

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      louisemyers 5 years ago

      What a cool idea! I love the idea of having a keepsake from special memories, like wedding flowers. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ArtByLinda: Agreed! What's the final outcome look like EXACTLY? I can't find it on Google anywhere, even on Etsy. P:

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      Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

      I really love this idea, but was wondering if you could add some photos of some of these beads up close so we can see the beauty of them?

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