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Topic: Making beads from rose petals! Tutorial included!  (Read 39377 times)
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sallyb
« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2009 02:47:32 PM »

i'm having trouble straining mine out enough, how did you do it? thanks for the tutorial this is amazing!!

I'm so excited that you are trying this!  I didn't use a strainer or anything like that to drain the mix.  I just grabbed handfuls of the mix and squeezed it over a bowl to get as much liquid as possible out of it.  A bit messy, but it doesn't really take that long as it's cooked down that much. 

I've just had a thought now that you could bundle up all the mix into muslin, tie it and squeeze out over a bowl.  That might be a little easier...

Let me know how you go!
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« Reply #41 on: January 25, 2009 09:26:39 AM »

I LOVE this tutorial.  I've read up on making these beads before, because my rose bushes bear like gangbusters and I am overwhelmed with petals for about 2 months every summer.  (I have three rose bushes, and each is a different color and different variety of wild or climbing rose, and they blossom in a staggered way, overlapping so I always have roses.  Which is totally by accident and also rocks very hard.) 

I wanted to say, if you read up on distilling rose water, which is VERY easy, you CAN do that at the same time you are simmering your petals for bead paste.  It requires: A brick and a heat-proof bowl that fits inside your petal pot, and a metal bowl, inverted lid, or something else preferably metal, and rounded, big enough to sit on your pot, and ice.  Cheesy  I'd explain fully, but there are LOTS of BEAUTIFUL tuts online already, and it's really so simple it's crazy.  A tiny bit of extra work, and you get two lovely things out of one process.
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sallyb
« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2009 01:01:58 PM »

Ooooo...  Shocked  What a fantastic idea - thanks so much for passing it on Lothruin!  I'm gearing up for another cook-up soon (if I can find more rose petals again - this summer has been brutal!) so I'll do some research into this and find a good tute to go off.
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« Reply #43 on: January 26, 2009 07:06:25 AM »

I remember Alton Brown showed this process during his baklava episode on Good Eats.  It looked simple enough.  And hey... any excuse to watch Alton do his thing...
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« Reply #44 on: January 26, 2009 09:54:56 AM »

i'm having trouble straining mine out enough, how did you do it? thanks for the tutorial this is amazing!!

I use cheesecloth when I'm making latkes.  It gets ALL the juice out of the potatos and you're left with nothing but tater.  You just put a handful in the cheesecloth and squeeze.

I bet the same method would work great for the rose pulp Smiley
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sallyb
« Reply #45 on: January 26, 2009 07:41:26 PM »


I use cheesecloth when I'm making latkes.  It gets ALL the juice out of the potatos and you're left with nothing but tater.  You just put a handful in the cheesecloth and squeeze.

I bet the same method would work great for the rose pulp Smiley

I think that is a great idea and this is the way I'm going to do mine with the next batch.  thanks pixidance!
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« Reply #46 on: January 28, 2009 01:02:34 PM »

It must smell heavenly ! I've got a similar "recipe" of spices beads in an old natural cosmetics book published in the 70's. Never had a try though.
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sallyb
« Reply #47 on: January 29, 2009 12:42:50 AM »

It must smell heavenly ! I've got a similar "recipe" of spices beads in an old natural cosmetics book published in the 70's. Never had a try though.

Ohhhhh!  Please share!  Please!  Please!  I'm gong to PM you right now...
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« Reply #48 on: January 29, 2009 05:37:08 PM »

How Green can you get! What a clever idea! I really like the look of them too.
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« Reply #49 on: February 20, 2009 06:13:31 PM »

sallyb - my daughter and I started making the rose beads two days ago ... I'll let you know how they turn out.  But our roses are missing the nice rose scent - they were incredibly beautiful Valentine's roses, but they just aren't putting out the smell!  We're going to keep going anyway.  Even if they don't smell, they will at least hold sentimental value.  I'll keep you posted ...
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