I like old things; that is probably why the ancient art of making rose petal beads attracted me. Not many make them anymore. I am not sure what the origins of this craft are; I seem to think it might have started in the Middle Ages, when perfuming the sometimes offensive air was a feat well admired. Of course, rosaries were made from them in the beginning. Roses, especially heirloom varieties, keep their scent a long time. Roses of today have lost their scent; as the craft of making beads has almost been lost. A dab of rose oil can revive scentless beads from time to time. Rubbing against the skin and causing heat intensifies the pleasant fragrance for the wearer, much like the old poseys did when protecting travelers on plague ridden streets.
Making rose beads takes a lot of time and patience. The roses must be cooked, and cooled, and cooked and cooled, several times, over the course of several days. Then, the beads are formed and must take time to dry. After this, they will last a generation, or more, if cared for tenderly.
I like to take treasured keepsakes, funeral rosaries, anniversary bouquets, a special rose from a mother’s garden and turn it into something more than a dust collector on someone’s bureau. You may see some examples of my craft at my website @www.briarrosereiki.com or @https://www.facebook.com/shirl.knobloch?ref=tn_tnmn#!/TheRoseandtheRavenJewelrydesignedbyShirlKnobloch