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Paper Bead “Cheat Sheet”

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.

Janet (janettalk)
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Special Note:  Thanks to everyone at Cut Out and Keep.

Beaded Bracelet – Recycled Pink Paper

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….

Janet (janettalk)
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Paper Jeweler: Tia Kramer

I enjoy featuring artists and jewelers who produce paper jewelry.  Today I want to share the name Tia Kramer.  Her website is: www.tiakramerjewelry.com.  From her biographic information, her work has been featured in magazines and galleries.   [This is only brief information.  If you are interested in her work, please visit her website.]

Her pieces are geometric and very beautiful.  I wouldn’t classify Tia’s work as paper beads, just paper.  (well, okay, not “just” paper.) 😉

I took this picture directly from her website.  As I said earlier, beautiful.

Even though most of us may never reach this level, I hope you are inspired by this necklace. I am.

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
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Paper Jewelry Book Review – “Handmade Paper Jewelry”

After another trip to the local library, I found “Handmade Paper Jewelry”  Interestingly it is by Heidi Borchers, Candace Liccoine, and Tiffany Windsor.  These ladies are the three daughters of Aleene Jackson.  Yes, the famous Aleene of Aleene’s Glues and Adhesives. (I no longer have possession of the book, so I’m not sure of the publisher. I believe it is Sterling Publishing, but don’t hold me to that.)

The book concentrates on paper jewelry, but not the traditional paper bead.  For example, the dragonfly you see on the cover was made from a grocery bag.  There is also: a metallic decoupage jewelry set; a butterfly gift wrap necklace; and a bracelet using ceramic tiles and metallic paper.  In total there are 40 projects.

Art, talent, innovation, even recycling can take on many forms.  Since I didn’t have many of the products required, I didn’t find this book particularly inspiring. But it may be just the creative trigger for you.

Visit your local library and see what mysteries await!

Janet (janettalk)
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P.S.  While researching Sterling Publishing, I saw they have more paper-related reference books.  Hmmm.  I may need to check into that further.

Wrap and Roll – Paper Bead Tools

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.

Toothpick
Small Dowel
Chop Stick
Orange Stick
Q-Tip with cotton cut off
Drinking Straw
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!

Think Creatively,
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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….And the Award for the Most Difficult Paper Bead Goes To….

When it comes to paper beads I am a “work in progress.”  I wanted to make small paper beads to use in place of metal spacer beads.  So far so good.  When I started, the aggravation began.  Maybe others find them easy, but I have to say, thusfar, they deserve the Most Difficult Paper Bead award.

The beads are so small that gluing/sealing them was an almost impossible task. The paper would stick to the toothpick, glue and varnish would be all over my fingers, counters were not safe.  They are now complete.  Fin-a-lly.

Have fun with your own projects,
Janet (janettalk)
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