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Update on Sealing Beads

I recently wrote about giving paper beads a complete glue bath. Since it was so messy, I tried it again with disposable gloves.  There will be no picture in this post.  Why would I take a picture of spilt glue?  Apparently the plastic of the gloves stuck to my little glue cup just enough to cause a mishap.  After catching it from falling a few more times, I took the gloves off and forged ahead.

Epilogue:  It took me a few days to completely peel the glue from my hands.#!

I still do not know if this dipping provides a more quality paper bead.  Hmmm.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Janet (janettalk)
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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)
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Paper: Thick and Thin

The basic paper bead is made from a triangle. Remember that as you  read.

Magazine pages have  beautiful colors, and they are plentiful in most homes. However, the internal  pages are so thin that I normally lengthen the paper by overlapping two pieces  and gluing them together. This will make the paper long enough to make a  descent size bead. It is also time-consuming trying to make two beads that  match; or come close to matching. The slippery paper has a mind of its own.

Magazine covers can  be excellent or come close to having the same difficulty as above. If you have  thoroughly enjoyed the magazine sitting in the corner gathering dust, rip the  cover off and give it a try.

Postcards from inside  magazine and catalogs are normally the right texture and the right thickness.  The postcards are small so you need to glue together what you need.

Mailers”  are also of the right texture and thickness. Occasionally the paper will be too  thick to make a smooth bead. Once you get started, you will quickly learn what  is right and what is wrong.

Pages of a newspaper  make pretty beads, but it is probably the most difficult. The pages are very thin, but not slippery. The size of the bead comes up again. To make a bead, it  is necessary to glue pages together to lengthen them. In my own situation, it  is a challenge to get two somewhat matching beads for earrings. Also, the print  from the ink will be all of your hands and work surface.

Scrapbook paper  normally works well. Some pages are thin and will need to be glue lengthwise.  But most quality scrapbook paper will make lovely beads.

Cereal boxes will not roll easily.  Their thickness makes my bead rough, and when finished, not useable. A few days  ago I came across a youtube that can help you prepare the boxes to make useable  beads. I haven’t given it a try yet, but I will in the next few days. I don’t  know Tricia, but I think you will find the video helpful. New Take on Cereal Boxes

There are more varieties of papers to roll into paper beads, but I hope you  have enough information to get started. Have Fun!

Tomorrow: Triangles and Rectangles