If you don't follow me... Well, here's a hint:
I've been doing my annual turn-my-Valentine's-Day-roses-into-beads project! Woo!
I don't really make rose beads often enough to have a flawless procedure, and I know I've made some mistakes due to being sick (ugh, have I mentioned that I hate being sick?), but I've still been enjoying myself immensely.
Here's how the process has been going so far....
|Step 1: Cut, or tear, rose petals into pieces.|
|Step 2: Soak in hot water for several hours... I started with boiling water and just put a lid on it.|
|Step 3: Once pieces have been soaked, drain them and put them in a food processor.|
|Step 4: Pulse the food processor until the pieces are as small as you can make them.|
Some people can get this mush into a creamy paste... I haven't figured out how to do that yet.
|Step 5: Form into beads.|
Step 6: Let dry a bit, and then poke the holes. (They shrink, so I used the paintbrush handle.)
|Step 7: Let dry|
|Step 8: Let dry some more.|
|Step 9: Yep, still drying.|
After several days of drying, here is what the beads look like now...
|That's the same paper from the beginning... You can see how much they've shrunk!|
So, there you go... That's what I've been working on this week, between rounds of antibiotics and sleeping. Thanks so much for stopping in to check in on my antics!
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!