Rose Petal Beads

Although the recipe was known before the 1800's, rose petal beads became popular during the Victorian's memento mori phase. Made from flower petals that have been repeatedly cooked down and blended, the paste is then rolled into beads to dry. It is a labor-intensive process that produces little output for the amount of plant material required. However, this semester, I had an assistant to help. The resulting beads will be used as components in a jewelry line available spring 2017.