These beads are made with love and countless joyful hours of heartfelt labor. All of my rose petal beads are made with rosa rugosa petals collected in the mid morning here on our permaculture farm. They then go through a series of careful steps (all completely natural..crush, simmer, shape, dry) and the end result is a rose petal paste that is then formed into beads and dried in a dry, cool and shaded place so they retain their scent and vitality. If cared for correctly, they will likely last for 50 plus years!
These unique and amazing beads start with the rosa rugosa flowers in my permaculture gardens. I always have a bounty of these magical petals each spring through fall. I pick them each day after the morning dew has dried off them and then I crush them and heat them gently for days....they are then strained of excess moisture for some more days. After this I have a paste or rose petal clay which I painstakingly shape into small round beads and place onto a special apparatus I designed to help them to dry well. I turn them each day and after a couple days, I carefully make a hole in each with several needle sizes. I have to redo this over the next couple days. Finally after about a week or 2 depending on the humidity, the beads are completely dry and I keep them in a glass jar until I use them to make a necklace or mala or until they are shipped to you.
Care of Rose Petal Beads:
Do not submerge in water as they are a dried bead and if 'soaked' can become soft and lose their shape. If you accidentally get them wet simply dry right away. Normal moisture in the air and sweat are just fine.
After wearing keep them in a closed box (the tin they come in is perfect!) or plastic bag to preserve their fragrance for many years. I have heard of some that are over 50 yrs old and still smell wonderful!
Rose petal beads are not considered 'fragile' as they are hard like a dried bean but it is important to still take special care of this magical bead.
The rose petal bead, handmade, is a very old way of making beads. It's an art that has long since died but carried on in families from generation to generation. Catholic nuns made their rosaries out of these beads, thus calling it a Rosary. These beads have a very long history. This is a bead that is often passed down from generation to generation.