|I like seeing the words on this one!|
Paper beads are not new, not my original idea. But, this is my version and what I learned when I tried it.
I used magazines. First I cut triangle shaped pieces of paper. I varied the size and shape and of course it affected the way the beads turned out. Wider paper made a wider bead. Thicker paper made a fatter bead, etc. I even found some use for beads made from rectangles.
|This bead is made so that it would have blue edges and white in the middle, this is due to the way I cut the paper.|
I used Elmer's Glue and rolled the paper up by hand. You might want to roll around something small but I didn't find that necessary.
|Here is my well used bottle of glue and my bead..|
After the beads dried well, I put them on a wire and painted them with fingernail polish. I especially liked the pearly white look of some white polishes. I hung them off of a curtain rod to dry but however you can hang them so they don't touch anything will work.
After the beads dried, I arranged them. I worked my way out from the center and strung them on jewelry wire. You can buy it and findings at any craft store. I also used a variety of beads I bought to complement my paper beads. I didn't shy away from plastic, I didn't care what the beads were as long as they complemented my paper ones.
Last I measured my neck so it would be the the size I wanted. (For my daughters, I made the necklaces a little smaller.) I used a variety of closures, I don't really have an opinion on what is best. I just stuck the wire ends back through several beads and made sure it wouldn't come loose and poke us in the neck. It was a fun little craft! I spent a lot of time doing this and kept a box of supplies under my coffee table. I got them out when we were watching a movie but for now, I've moved on. I have some new ideas so maybe I'll return to my beading someday...
|Here are several necklaces I made.|