I found a web site that contains more templates for paper beads. The author calls it a “cheat sheet”. Since I can’t seem to embed it, I’ll add the link. The web site is called Cut Out and Keep. From my laptop I can’t quite seem to read the exact measurements for the beads, but I don’t think it matters. The goal is the finished shape.
For those of you who make paper beads, I hope it sparks your interests and ideas.
Special Note: Thanks to everyone at Cut Out and Keep.
It is mid-August, but it is not too early to start saving red and green paper for your recycled paper Christmas gifts. For example, this red toothpaste box has so much potential.
I also love the irony of making paper jewelry from jewelry store advertisements. The paper below should make nice paper beads for Christmas jewelry.
Here’s to all of the recyclers out there!
For summer I created a pink stretch bracelet using recycled paper.
So many people make perfectly lovely stretch bracelets, but for some reason I like stretch bracelets to be a bit on the big and bold side. It still fits tight around the wrist, but the paper beads are larger than most paper beads.
Most people are probably thinking of fall now, and I’m just sharing pink and white. Oh well, I suppose it is just a matter of vision…..and timing….
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We recently visited a theme park and I kept the map. (You can see how we folded it while at the park.) Will the paper be able to stand up to the pitfalls of paper bead making? We begin with the map.
I’m not sure how long it will take, but I’ll document this as I go. Thank you for visiting as I look at the potential beads to be made from this used (pre-enjoyed) map.
I just watched a video sponsored by Ranger and Utee. This presentation showed how to use embossing powder to seal paper beads. I’ve heard of people doing this, but had never seen it done. (And it proves what I have said in the past. When it comes to arts….and crafts….there is more than one way to be creative.)
One thing of note for me: Using resistant ink on the dowel to assist when removing the bead. This tid bit of information may come in handy in the future.
If you want to view the presentation, The link is here.
This was written a few days ago:
Since JC Penney’s is changing strategies, their advertisements have changed also. We receive their advertisements in our local paper.
Why am I talking about department stores? Their paper makes beautiful paper beads. It isn’t perfect because it isn’t quite thick enough. However, the shiny paper has a lot of solid blocks of color. They can easily only have one model on a page, which does mean a lot of color is available to use in paper beads. Recycling adds to the positiveness of this recommendation. And there you have it. Consider JC Penney advertisements when choosing the paper you can use for your next project.
May 28, 2012 – Follow-up
Bead shape and paper have a direct correlation. The beads above are quite useable for jewelry. The shape works with the paper. The beads below are a problem. I may be able to apply ink or something else to help, but you have to admit, they aren’t useable at this moment.
As gentle as I believe I was when cutting and then making the bead, the paper doesn’t reflect it. The paper was too thin. Again, I am learning to plan ahead and decide on the end product before I start cutting paper. (who knew? ;-))
Think Creatively and Don’t Forget to Consider your Materials,
I was recently included in a Paper Jewelry treasury on Etsy. If you get a chance, take a look. [click on paper treasury in the prior sentence to go to the treasury.] Yes, I know. You think I’m doing this because of my own shop. However, there are a variety of items. It is interesting to see how people use paper as an accessory. I notice quite a bit of geometry: rectangles, circles, triangles, cones, etc. May the following pictures recharge your imagination for your specific art.
Thanks to the creator of this treasury, PhotoEngravingGift.[click to see this shop.]