Jessica Art Blog
Not too long ago, I discovered rose beads and have been enthusiastically and happily making them.
The trouble is I'm running into a difficulty with mold--I've had to throw out two different batches because they molded before drying.
None of the online instructions mention this. For various reasons, I cannot bake the beads, so I'm fairly dependent on the presence or absence of sunlight. Is there anything I can do to help speed drying and/or slow/prevent mold?
Also, does anyone know anything about the history of the beads and the ways they are made? I found a few sites online, but I'm really hoping for a more in-depth look at them. I'm curious about their past, who made them, when, why, how? I'm hoping, in short, for a book (or at least a chapter in one). The net is great, but seldom in-depth and usually does not include sources for further research.
One thing I wonder about is way the Victorians apparently simmered their ground rose petals for days where some people today grind and shape--how much difference is this likely to make in their final durability?
I know there are jewelry makers here--I've been looking at your work.