What to Do with Funeral Flowers:
I’m always looking for new ideas on what to do with Funeral Flowers. These beautiful flowers left behind, need to continue spreading their love. You can use flower petals from your loved one’s favorite flowers or you could incorporate dried grass or leaves from somewhere that was special to you both.
Let’s get started and make a charm bracelet that’s sure to become a treasured keepsake…
What You’ll Need For The Beads
You need only a few materials and tools to make your own beads using flower petals:
- Dried flowers: Any kind of flower is suitable. You could also incorporate your loved one’s favorite flower. (For example, if your Nana loved pink roses, incorporate pink rose petals into the clay.)
- Polymer Clay: Polymer Clay you can get from any craft store. Consider the color of the clay. Dark colored petals will be more easily seen in a light color clay, light ones won’t.
- Four thick pieces of wire: Wire can be found at any hardware store, or cut a wire hanger with a pair of pliers. The wire should be longer than the length of your baking pan. Put about 15 beads on 1 piece of wire to prevent the beads from fusing together while baking. Baking pan, Sharp knife & Ruler.
How to Make Beads From Flowers
Step 1: Dry Out Your Flower Petals
Preheat to about 180 degrees. Then line with parchment paper. Arrange the petals in a single layer on the parchment paper. If the petals are crowded, they will not fully dry. Place the pan petals into the oven and heat for 7 to 8 minutes.
Check the petals regularly to see how they are drying. You should leave the oven door cracked open so that moisture can escape during the drying process.
Step 2: Form the Beads
Read oven temperatures for the clay, they will vary by brand. Next, crush a handful of dried flower petals into tiny pieces. Break off about 3 tablespoons of polymer clay. This amount will make about 60 beads. Get clay ready to use by working and kneading it in your hands. Like pizza dough. Once the clay is soft and pliable, you are ready to shape it.Roll the clay into a long tube with a diameter of approximately 0.5 cm.
Lay the clay tube next to a long ruler and then notch the clay in 1 cm increments. Cut a 1 cm segment of the clay using a sharp knife. Roll into a ball. Flatten out with the palm of your hand. Once the clay resembles a flat and round pizza base, sprinkle a pinch of the dried flowers evenly over the top. The goal is to work the dried flowers into the clay. Shape the clay into a bead. The bead can be a sphere, a cube, a flat disc, tubular, or any other shape that you like. If you don’t like it, rework the clay and reshape. Pierce a hole through the center of the bead with your wire.
Prop the wire across your baking pan so that your bead is suspended on the wire and not touching the bottom of the pan. Doing this will prevent your bead from forming a flat side during the baking process. The bead will probably lose some shape when you thread it onto the wire, so gently reshape the bead with your fingers. Don’t tug on the bead, you’ll make the hole in the center too large. Experiment with making different sizes of beads. After the beads are made, feed the bead onto the wire, leaving space between the beads. If you don’t leave space, beads will bake together. Read directions on the Clay bag. Once the beads have been baked, let them cool for about 25 minutes.
You need only a few materials and tools when making a bracelet:
- 14 to 19 beads: How many you need depends on the size of your wrist and the size of the beads.
- Spacer beads: If you are using beads made from flowers, you can use store-bought beads as spacer beads.
- A ruler.
- Flat-nosed pliers.
- Round-nosed pliers.
- Wire cutters.
- Stretchy jewelry cord.
- 1 jump ring.
- 1 bail.
- 1 charm.
- 1 paper clip.
Instructions on How to Make a Charm Bracelet
Take the stretchy cord and wrap the cord around your wrist. This is how you measure how big your charm bracelet needs to be. Use a little extra for the knot.
Measure the cord against your ruler and cut it to the desired length using your wire cutters.
Take a paperclip and attach it to one end of the cord. This will stop the beads from sliding off the end of the cord once you start adding them.
Start assembling your charm bracelet. Take your beads—either homemade beads made from flowers or store-bought beads— and begin adding them to the jewelry cord. Use spacer beads throughout the charm bracelet to create an interesting pattern. Continue adding the beads until you have about 5 cm of empty cord on either side for the knot.
Add the bail onto one end of your bracelet. It is best to put the bail on the end of the cord (as opposed to the middle) because the bail helps hide the knot that you will be tying in the next step.
After you have added the bail, it is time to make a knot. Hold both ends of the cord so that all the beads fall into the middle of the charm bracelet. (You want about 5 cm of empty cord on both ends.) Now you simply pull the ends of the cord together and fasten a tight knot. Don’t leave a gap between the beads and the knot. Also, make it a double knot to ensure that it holds securely.
You are now ready to attach the charm to the bail using a jump ring. This is when you need your round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers. Using your round-nosed pliers, pull apart the opening of the jump ring just wide enough so that the eyelet of your charm can fit onto it. Then close the jump ring using your flat or round-nosed pliers. You can use whatever type of charm that reminds you of your loved one. Using your round-nosed pliers, pull apart the opening of the jump ring just wide enough so that the eyelet of your charm can fit onto it. Then close the jump ring using your flat or round-nosed pliers. You can use whatever type of charm that reminds you of your loved one.