How to Make Rose Beads From Your Wedding Flowers

Updated on May 13, 2016
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Elyn spent the last 30 years in China, coming home in the summer to cook American food and have fun doing craft projects with her family.

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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        Lori 3 months ago

        It says you can add other things to keep white roses white. What are those things?

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 months ago from Shanghai, China

        It doesn't take several months - but it might be best to wait a week.

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        Jessica Vartholomatos 4 months ago

        I can't wait to try this! But I'm wondering if there is a faster way to dry the beads than taking several months?

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        Gerry 8 months ago

        What do you add to the mixture to keep white roses clay white and yellow roses clay yellow? Thank you

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        Mary R Hayes 10 months ago

        I cannot wait to try these

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        Elyn MacInnis 10 months ago from Shanghai, China

        Leaves are usually too fibrous to make beads from, alas.

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        Rita 12 months ago

        Thank you for such detailed information. My father in law recently passed away and we wanted to " preserve" some roses from his funeral flowers. I am anxious to try this.

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        yazzie0 15 months ago

        What an amazing tutorial! I often look at various left over stuff like fabric cuttings, wood shavings, glass bits from broken vases and bottles and try to conceive ways of how they could be reused in making beautiful pieces for jewellry - but this one one has been one of the best ideas I have read about. I am into fragrant roses and have one bush of dark red roses which give off the most divine scent, and I am always sad about not being able to recreate something with the petals. Thank you for this lovely presentation!

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        rskias 20 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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        Fiona 2 years ago from South Africa

        This is such an awesome idea and a lot more practical than having your bouquet preserved. I had my wedding flowers preserved and they looked okay but now they are at the back of a cupboard somewhere, in a box so they don't get dusty - this is a much better way to enjoy them.

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        sasa 2 years ago

        what a wonderful idea. Can I make beads from leaves too?

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        Barb Johnson 2 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

        What a wonderful idea. Have experimented with making other textured beads . Hadn't heard of this one. They are beautiful...and the possibilities. Thanks for this article.

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        Nimblepins 3 years ago

        This is a fabulous idea. I love that it's a keepsake that you can wear.

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        Claudia Mitchell 3 years ago

        This is so cool! I had no idea one could do this. Will definitely have to try this out.

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        Dee Jeansonne 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

        can you varnish them

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        Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

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

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        Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

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

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        Kathryn Grace 3 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 3 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 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

        @michelle-shambora: You won't need to worry about spraying them if they aren't going to be worn around the neck - you can use any kind of clear spray that will seal them. :-) Good idea!

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

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

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        AnnaMKB 4 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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        michelle-shambora 4 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 4 years ago

        Superb rose-beads

        Also shared on Facebook :)

        Blessings

        GEM

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 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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        Monica Lobenstein 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        suzyjahi 4 years ago

        AWESOME AND VERY CREATIVE!

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        Takkhis 4 years ago

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

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        PartyLocations5 4 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 4 years ago from Perth 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 4 years ago

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

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        mina009 4 years ago

        Great ideas!

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        weddinspire 4 years ago

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

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        steadytracker lm 4 years ago

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

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        katespetcorner1 4 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 4 years ago

        What a nice post..Really Liked it.

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        Susan Hazelton 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

        Oh, what a great idea! LOVELY lovely lens.

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        roger530 4 years ago

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

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        Elyn MacInnis 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 years ago

        Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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        Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

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

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        anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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        Erin Mellor 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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        belinhafernandes 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

        This is such a lovely lens.

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        empathzone 5 years ago

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

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        chi kung 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

        this is beautiful.

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        June Parker 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

        WOW what a great idea!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

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

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        Alessandro Zamboni 5 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 5 years ago

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

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        dellgirl 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

        Very interesting tutorial and nice lens! Blessed!

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        FastSecrets 5 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 5 years ago

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

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        Elyn MacInnis 5 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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