How to Make Jewelry From Roses

Overview

Creating jewelry from beads made of rose petals allows you to make a lightly scented and organic piece. Use rose petal beads to make rosaries, necklaces or earrings to wear or give away. Regardless of the rose color, the beads become a rich mahogany color. The finished rose jewelry is durable and maintains its subtle scent for many years. The more often they are worn, the more they develop a shine as well as darken slightly in color.

Step 1

Gather enough rose petals to equal 4 cups, tightly packed. Remove any leaves, sepals and other parts of the plant that is mixed in with the petals.

Step 2

Put 1 cup of rose petals in the food processor and pulse it until the petals are finely chopped. Add the rest of the petals and chop, 1 cup at a time. Use the spatula to scrap the sides of the processor where the petals stick.

Step 3

Set the processor on pulse and add ½ cup of water through the feed chute. Mix until it is a smooth paste.

Step 4

Heat a cast iron pan over low heat. Add the rose paste to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until it reaches the consistency of clay. This may take two or three hours.

Step 5

Allow the mixture to cool enough to work with. Pick up small bits of the rose clay and roll it into balls to form beads. Make each bead twice the size of the desired finished size, as they will shrink while drying.

Step 6

Push a straight pin through each bead to make the stringing hole. Stick the end of the pin into a foam block to hold the beads while they dry. Allow the beads to dry for two weeks or until they feel dry.

Step 7

Cut a length of jewelry wire or beading floss to the desired length of the necklace or bracelet. Thread the beads onto it then tie a necklace clasp to the ends of the floss. Attach single or double threaded beads to earring hooks for a matching jewelry set.

Tips and Warnings

  • Rose color has little bearing on the finished color of the beads, as all become dark. Red roses do make beads closer to black than dark brown.

Things You'll Need

  • Rose Petals
  • Measuring cups
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Cast iron pan
  • Pins
  • Foam
  • Wire

References

  • Central Texas Gardener: Rose Petal Beads
Keywords: rose jewelry, rose petal beads, flower crafts

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.