Paper Beads Take A Dip

Based on what I have seen and read in other places, I recently sealed my beads differently.  I dipped my beads in watered-down glue.

The supplies I used:

Small disposable plastic cup
Approximately 10 inches of tigertail
One medium size jump ring
Wax paper
Glue (I am a fan of Mod Podge.)
Water
Something to stir with

-In disposable cup, water down glue into something close to a slightly thin cake batter
-Make enough so that bead will be covered by glue
-Tie jump ring to one end of tigertail
-Put one bead on tigertail (jump ring is stopper) and slowly lower into glue
-Leave in long enough to get thoroughly wet, but not soaked
-Since I was experimenting I used two slightly different methods of finishing
1. Let the bead drip for a bit and then carefully place on wax paper
or
2. Let the bead drip and then very lightly take a wet paper towel remove excess glue and place on wax paper

Either way, I kept the beads moving after they were dipped.  The little rascals will glue themselves down to wax paper if left alone.

The outcome was good either way, albeit messy.  I ended up with glue on my hands and nails.  With practice and more of a factory-line approach, this may get better.  However, knowing me, it is going to be messy no matter what.

The sealant from this dunking still needed more layers according to my own sense of appropriateness.  Initially, I tried this dipping method because I thought it would be a better way to seal the paper inside the wrap.  It is.  However, I have torn that theory to bits when I started to add more layers of sealant via a brush.  Again some smaller beads would stick to the toothpick.  Beads could easily have had their “insides out.”   (See pictures from my blog, September 26, 2011.) Grrrrrr.

I’m thinking the best way to seal paper beads using this method is to either submerge, dry, submerge, dry, etc. Or, make dipping the last step.

We learn as we go.

Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

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One response to “Paper Beads Take A Dip

  1. Hi Janet,

    How did you end up going with the dipping?
    I have just recently started experimenting with dipping my paper beads. I like the results, but not settled on which varnish to use yet.

    I started up a group of women in my local area to make paper jewellery to support women and children’s causes. We sell the jewellery at a wonderful end of year Christmas event, instead of having our usual Christmas party.
    The women have loved learning how to make the beads and see them turned into jewellery.
    Our website is http://www.nightofchristmashope.com

    I’d love to connect with other paper bead artists. It makes the journey so much more rewarding.

    I love your blog.

    cheers
    Fiona

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