|Pick about a paper grocery bag full
Do not use dried or brown ones. They need to be fresh.
Grind the petals to a paste. you can use a mortar
and pestle, but I recommend a food grinder. You will end up with a
mass that resembles modeling clay. Your kitchen
will smell great!
Put the ground petals in a cast-iron skillet or
pot (be sure it is rust free) and regrind
the petals each day for two weeks.
Your paste will become thicker each day until it
can be formed into smooth, hard beads. To
make your beads, roll little lumps (smaller than marbles) between
your hands in a circle motion until smooth and rounded.
Put a LARGE pin through the center of each
bead and stick the pin into a soft board. I use
the back of a cardboard box. Make as many as you want and remember
each dried bead will be about half the size
of a freshly made one. To make a full adult
size necklace takes 60 beads, but you can also put 4 or 5 to hang
at your throat.
Let the beads dry for about 2 weeks. If you live
in a humid area it might take longer. Remove
the pins and string the beads on button thread. You will want
to use a dark colored thread as the finished beads will be
mahogany color. When you are done stringing
the beads use a soft cloth, like flannel and
polish the entire string of beads. This will highlight them and is
easier than doing individual beads.
As you wear the beads they will darken and
continue to polish. You can tie your thread
and slip the strand over your head. The
scent will last many years. Strung on smaller pieces of threads
makes them very useful embellishments. You
can also use them without stringing them.