The basic paper bead is made from a triangle. Remember that as you read.
Magazine pages have beautiful colors, and they are plentiful in most homes. However, the internal pages are so thin that I normally lengthen the paper by overlapping two pieces and gluing them together. This will make the paper long enough to make a descent size bead. It is also time-consuming trying to make two beads that match; or come close to matching. The slippery paper has a mind of its own.
Magazine covers can be excellent or come close to having the same difficulty as above. If you have thoroughly enjoyed the magazine sitting in the corner gathering dust, rip the cover off and give it a try.
Postcards from inside magazine and catalogs are normally the right texture and the right thickness. The postcards are small so you need to glue together what you need.
“Mailers” are also of the right texture and thickness. Occasionally the paper will be too thick to make a smooth bead. Once you get started, you will quickly learn what is right and what is wrong.
Pages of a newspaper make pretty beads, but it is probably the most difficult. The pages are very thin, but not slippery. The size of the bead comes up again. To make a bead, it is necessary to glue pages together to lengthen them. In my own situation, it is a challenge to get two somewhat matching beads for earrings. Also, the print from the ink will be all of your hands and work surface.
Scrapbook paper normally works well. Some pages are thin and will need to be glue lengthwise. But most quality scrapbook paper will make lovely beads.
Cereal boxes will not roll easily. Their thickness makes my bead rough, and when finished, not useable. A few days ago I came across a youtube that can help you prepare the boxes to make useable beads. I haven’t given it a try yet, but I will in the next few days. I don’t know Tricia, but I think you will find the video helpful. New Take on Cereal Boxes
There are more varieties of papers to roll into paper beads, but I hope you have enough information to get started. Have Fun!
Tomorrow: Triangles and Rectangles