Our family lost Aunt Pam last October. She left behind her mother, 2 sons, one daughter-In law and 3 grandchildren; 2 boys and a little girl. Aunt Pam loved her family more than anything in this world and she was definitely loved by them. Aunt Pam was so loved,not only by her family, by everyone’s life she touched throughout her short life. Taken from us way too soon I hope everyone who shared love for Pam also shares memories of her love for her children, her grandchildren, her family, her sweet mother, the lake, summertime, baseball, Mayfield Cardinal Football, the beach, God, Christmas, her dogs and the many friends she adored throughout her lifetime.
After Aunt Pam’s service back in October, I asked my cousins for some roses. It has been 9 months since shes been gone. I’ve been staring at all the dried rose petals on top of my hall tree every time I walk by it for months now. For some reason, I finally came around and decided it was time to make Aunt Pam’s memory into a treasure.
I read several articles on different techniques for making rose beads and watched several tutorials online. There are several different ways to go about this process.
The first thing I tried was just crushing up the petals of 2 roses in a mortar and pestle
Second I added just a pinch of water and stirred and crushed for about 3 to 4 minutes until a clay was formed.
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Third, I shaped the clay into beads (which was kind of hard-they are very textured and hard to make perfectly round) then I took a large needle and worked it through one side of the bead until it came out the other side and made sure it made a hole all the way through the bead.
Lastly, you have to then place them on a paper towel and let them dry for up to 72 hours.
Although these beads are unique I had a few issues:
1) they kind of look like balls of poop
2) I only got approximately 5 beads out of 2 roses (and this wouldn’t be enough to make everyone something I intended to gift them to.
This is when I got on the Internet and began looking at other alternatives for making beads out of roses. I didn’t actually find any other ways for making beads out of rose petals other than what I had previously discovered. However, I did run across a tutorial where a girl was making beads out of different kinds of flower petals and polymer clay. I really liked what she had going on and thought to myself, I can totally do the same thing with rose petals. This is what I did next:
1)went and bought some white polymer clay
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2) came home, put the remaining rose petals on a baking sheet and baked them in the oven for approximately 7 minutes.. until they were crispy enough to crunch up easily.
3) got a ball of clay, rolled it out, cut it into even pieces and then began to crunch the rose petals over each piece and mash it round around eventually rolling it into a ball. Then I took the large needle I had and pushed a hole into clay so the bead could be beaded once it was cured.
4) After making several beads this way, I placed them on a glass cooking dish (oven safe) and put them in the oven on 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
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The picture above is the result. Way more beads this time around and not so -ball of poop- looking. Ha!
Even though I did like this look and technique, I decided to get a little more adventurous and came up with my own method. This is what I did next:
1) I got the mortar and pestle back out and took the remaining baked rose petals and a tad of water and made the rose clay again.
2) I took the rose clay and worked it into the polymer clay. I smashed it back and forth in my hands several times and laid it on my counter and rolled with a roller pin until it was evenly mixed well.
3) Then I pin rolled the mixture back out and cut even pieces to make my beads.
4) Rolled as many beads I could with the remaining clay
5) Finally took my large needle and made holes through all the beads
6) and lastly, put them in the oven for 15 minutes.
I absolutely loved the results of this method! As oppose to the petal flakes and grimy look the previous beads had, these had more of a swirl look to them. I honestly loved beads created from all 3 methods and really enjoyed learning something new in the memory of my Aunt Pam.
Now the good part: crafting the gifts!
I made Pam’s mother, her sister Inlaw and her daughter Inlaw each a pair of earrings and a bracelet.
I made her grandsons some prayer beads and her granddaughter (who is a toddler) a pair of earrings to have once she is older.
I made her 2 sons both a bracelet and gave them both a small bag of the beads left over after I was finished. I figure they can do what they want with them and can have them forever.
Here’s the bracelets and prayer beads:
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And here are the earrings:
I know Aunt Pam would love these! (It must be noted: a lot of red accent was used in honor of her love for Mayfield Cardinal Football) I sure miss her and it goes without saying her children will live with her loss, forever. I hope wearing these beads keeps their Mother’s memory close to their heart.
I felt the urge to send one of my cousins a message last night (Sometimes I can sense a need) I told him, I want you to always remember, even on your darkest days, love is in your soul deeper than pain and that’s how you keep going.
This morning he thanked me for the message and said strangely enough, it was received at a much needed time. These urges I get…I’d say they’re sent from a higher place.
Love to All -Mallory at Lov-E-thic for Everybody