Okay. You decide to make paper beads. What tool do you use after the paper is cut? The size of the canal through the paper bead is decided at this point. There are a variety of options, but below is a list of more common objects.
Q-Tip with cotton cut off
Tools available for purchase, made specifically for this purpose
I have used toothpicks, Q-tip sticks and straws. The straw, obviously makes a larger canal through the bead in case it needs, for example, to go over a clasp.
Last night was the first time I used a Q-tip stick. (below) For me, the stick felt too short to easily roll the paper. However, I would use it again.
As you see below, the paper rolled on a straw fit this necklace beautifully. This bead rolled on a toothpick would not have made it past the clasp on this necklace.
Think about how you plan to use the bead before you begin.
P.S. Isn’t this a wearable, fun pendant for summer even if I do say so myself!
For me it is preferable to repurpose an object rather than buy something new. After all, the paper is definitely repurposed. Why change the theme?
Wrap and Roll Those Paper Beads!