When the dough seems right, begin to roll a
chunk into a long tube or snake and then chop off
bead-sized bits with a knife.
The dough remains workable for quite some time, but if it starts to feel very dry to the touch, it's starting to harden. If they start, try moistening the surface of the dough very lightly and working the moisture in quickly.
Once the beads are shaped, you can add essential oil
to them if you like. Adding the oil sooner usually results in poorer quality beads because the oil evaporates to quickly.
Once your beads are shaped, knot the end of the thread and string it through the bottom of the button. Use enough thread to string your beads with room between them for moving around as they dry. String the beads carefully, being sure they have their holes where you want them. The beads will shrink slightly as they dry.
Hang the beads in a warm, dry place with plenty of
circulation and away from lights. It should take about 3 or 4 days to dry fully. The size of your beads and the weather will make a difference. Be sure to slide the beads on the string every so often to keep them from sticking together or to the string..
When the beads are dry, store them in an airtight
container until you're ready to string them together. I've found dental floss works well for stringing the beads together.
Other Hints and Tips
Dried, scented geranium leaves held their scent
throughout the dough
drying process and required absolutely no essential