Making Rose Beads – Step Two

Step Two is all about making the rose petal bead dough smooth

rosebead cooking before and after

Cooked rose petals before and after blending

Making Rose Beads – Step Two
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 batch of rose petals (8-10 flowers), cooked thoroughly (see step one)
  • A regular blender or a stick blender (immersion blender)
  • Distilled water
  • Parchment baking paper

Instructions
  1. Take the cooked rose petals and put them in a blender (or use a stick 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.
  2. You can see in the picture the difference between the petals before they were blended and after.
  3. Make sure you’re your final “glop” looks glossy and a bit like pudding, with no separate pieces of rose petal in it.
  4. Put it back in the skillet, and bring to just under a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer the mash until much of the water has evaporated off and the mixture is drier than applesauce. This is an art – you will need to try several times until you get the feeling. If your rose petal sauce is as wet as apple sauce, 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.
  5. I like to put the dry mash 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.

 If you are finished with step two, now you can go on to step three.

Comments

  1. I got married last month, so my bouquet is pretty dry. Can I still make the beads with dried roses?

    • Yes indeed – you will need to add some water to cook the petals anyway. But if you want the full story and all the details, can I recommend that you get the book from Kindle? It has so many more details than what is on this page. It costs about as much as a large latte at Starbucks…

    • Yes indeed – you will need to add some water to cook the petals anyway. But if you want the full story and all the details, can I recommend that you get the book from Kindle? It has so many more details than what is on this page. It costs about as much as a large latte at Starbucks…

  2. Doris Harris says:

    Is your book still $2.99? How much does it cost to ship to AL. Thanks for a quick reply. I just came from my aunts funeral and want to make beads for me and the girls.
    Have a great day. I look forward to getting your book.

    • Hello Doris – I have sent you an email, but I will put it here too. The book is now 3.99, but you won’t have to ship it. The book is a Kindle book, so you can download it instantly. Lots of people don’t have a Kindle, but you don’t need one. You can read the book online by going to this page:
      kindle online reader – click here
      and following the instructions.

      You can also add a Kindle app to your PC or Mac, or cell phone, whichever one you have, and read it any time on your computer or phone. You go to this page, and download the software to actually read it on your computer if you want. I don’t have a Kindle either. I use this:
      Computer Kindle Reader which will work very easily on your PC or MAC.

  3. Roses… Can I Do It With Other Flowers Or Just Roses?

    • Hi Keli – It all depends on the flower. The details on some of the other kinds of flowers are in the book – it’s still only 2.99, and it has ALL the details on that and a lot more, so when you do make your beads, they will come out perfectly.

  4. Is the “clay” made from the roses or is there clay to add to the rose mixture

    • The clay is made from roses – sometimes I call it clay, sometimes I call it dough. Neither is quite right ;-) I have better techniques in the book that will be coming out on Kindle in the next few weeks. I came up with these methods by myself through lots of experimentation, and I think you will find the book useful. Thank you for asking -

      • Can you Use food dye for color?

        • Yes you can. But you have to be careful about how you finish the bead. Can I suggest that you get a copy of the book? It has all the information in it, and is very reasonable. About the same price as a cup of Starbucks. You don’t need a Kindle to read it. You can just install the kindle app on your computer, and have all the information instantly.

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