Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Year and Paper Beads

The new year is around the corner.  I’m weighing what is next for my recycled paper beads.  As I have said before, there are a lot of more important things in this world than recycling some paper each year.  But this is something I enjoy.  The creative aspect and thinking through a project is good for me. (And I hope you.)

A fairly large map was in one of the magazines my Dad gave me.  There is a lot of black.  I’m considering making many black beads of different styles.  One issue is making a bead in black can go wrong so easily.  I simply can’t always see the lines as I put the thin, black paper on a toothpick.

I look at this paper and see so much potential.  I also see questions.  Will I be able to create something unique?  Will anyone be wearing this paper in the next year? How much time will it take to make interesting (dare I say beautiful) beads from such a large piece of black paper?   And the true ultimate question for all of us, What Will 2012 Bring?

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

The internet provider we use went out for a while.  Fortunately the service has returned.  Isn’t it odd that being without the internet felt so strange.  The internet was not that widely used not so long ago.  Is this a good or bad thing?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  Whether you are at Church, with family, at work, or alone, this is Christmas.  Thinking beyond ourselves opens up opportunities for creatively and otherwise.  Enjoy this special day.

Think creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

Recycled Paper Tree

Even though I am still behind, I continue to play with paper.  (What am I thinking?!) The project is a Christmas paper tree.

Supplies I used :
1. Styrofoam cone
2. Straight pins
3. Scissors
4. Paper

My first try in making a small paper Christmas tree:

The tree needs reworking, but I wanted to share it in case someone else is interested in trying it.  The original idea came from TV.  The only example I could quickly find on the internet used sheet music.  The creator also cut the paper differently.  The other tree has more “eyelash” branches.  It is pretty, but for some reason I like these large leaf pattern as branches.  By the way, this paper came from a monthly magazine that was thoroughly enjoyed before I got my scissors on it.

If you make a recycled paper Christmas tree or ornament let me know.  I’d love to see it.

Think creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

Christmas, Paper, and Organization?

Christmas is just a few days away.  In a word:  Yikes!

There is so much to do, that I have been a delinquent jeweler and blogger.  I am trying to clean and organize my house for guests and the paper beading supplies that I have in abundance are a real clutter problem.  How do you organize?

Honestly, I don’t think it is possible.  My best guess:  I organized loose paper (C)by color and magazines (B) got their own box.  The long strips of paper (A) that have been cut are the problem.  There is no way to make it neat.  Or even “neatish.”

Now I have to figure what to do with this since I organized?  Hmmmm.

It is ironic that I began paper beading to use some of the paper lying around to make something beautiful from “pre-enjoyed” paper.  But now I have an even larger collection of paper because of paper beads.

Think creatively, (even about storage)
Janet (janettalk)

Quick Fix – Paper Bead Glued

This is a quick fix to a paper bead after it has been glued.  The situation:  After a couple of days of adding mod podge, varnish, etc, I notice the following bead had a rough spot along the edge.  It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does there is an easy way to fix it.  Take the gentle side of an emery board and file the spot down.  In my case, the spot along the edge could only be done in one direction.  If I moved the emery board back and forth it would only make the spot worse.  One way filing!

Now the bead is smooth as glass.  There are enough sealants on this bead, that it doesn’t look like it needs anything else done to it, but I am going to add one more coat of varnish just to be on the safe side.

I want to encourage everyone, no matter what your art form.  Don’t be afraid to correct a problem.  Use your best guess on what would properly fix it and try.  Take it slow and go for it!

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

Paper Bead Jewelry: Black and White Earring

The black and white beads I discussed in an earlier post is complete.  The finished product looks like this:    (with a quick review of steps 1 and 2 below)

Think creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

Quick Review:

The Paper Bead Hourglass Shape

While watching TV tonight, I made another bead.  The hourglass bead is an interesting shape and worth a serious try.

My Experience:   It took longer than normal, even though I realize this is a new process for me.  Adding the glue during the bead creation made for a bit of a “sticky” situation.  I call it an hourglass bead, because that is the closest comparison I could make to the final shape.  My camera was not “happy” as you can tell by the last photograph.

I saw the template for this bead on the internet.  Naturally, I didn’t read the directions.  😉  This is what I did:
1.  Cut a one inch strip.
2. Folded strip in half lengthwise.

3.  Took a ruler and marked folded strip so there are two tapered legs.
4.  Cut with scissors while holding paper fold together.

I began by rolling this on the solid side.  As you continue, the legs come into play.  Both sides need to be rolled at approximately the same speed.  At the same time, make sure the straight line of the outside edge stays on “itself” as you continue. In other words, don’t let the legs move toward the center.  I occasionally had to glue in order to keep the paper in place.  Even though it was not quick, I like the end result.

There is a pending question: Can two matching beads be made?  (for earrings.)  Hmmmm.

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

Printed Paper Bead Design


I tried the design program mentioned in the prior post.

The pattern I chose was Madison. (and I can’t find it today…it may just be me.)  In order to save paper, I printed on both sides.

I used a paper-cutter, but since I am making earrings, the exact cut is important.  The paper-cutter was inconsistent, so I trimmed up with scissors.

I was charmed by their potential.  Now these two beads are being sealed, so it will take a few days to get them to a useable point.  More later.

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)