You can make a minor change in cutting paper to create a different paper bead.
There is an “8” shaped bead and an hourglass shaped bead. You’ll see below. [Reminder: I do not have elaborate software to create my templates This was generated in Word.]
It makes sense once you think about it. Which look to you prefer? The paper on the right is simpler to cut. It is a triangle inside of a rectangle. But I believe the paper on the left is easier to roll into a bead. It is a trade-off.
The fact this is so minor has made me unsure of whether to post, but I decided to go for it. I hope I’m not the only one who thinks about this when I see these beads in different shapes on the internet. [now see Feb 19, 2012 for more]
Personal Note: As most readers already know I want to encourage everyone to be creative in their own way. However, these past few days have been difficult for me. Our 23-year-old cockatiel is ill. We have shared our lives for a long time. If you have an animal you understand. Any kind of accomplishment has been a struggle. There is more, but not today. Today I talk about beads.