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Paper as a Fine Art

I reviewed over 20 websites of professional artists who have their paper art in museums, featured in store windows, etc. The search was not exhaustive, but Janna Syvanoja is the only person who made jewelry using paper.  It was surprising.

Ms. Syvanoja has been frequently written about.  Her paper jewelry is incredible.

The movement in these necklaces is inspired.

I can’t find a site specifically by Ms. Syvanoja, but please research to find out more about her and her art.  Click on New York Times for a brief description.

As for me, I continue to search out professionals who use paper to make jewelry. I am also interested in how paper beads are used other than in jewelry.  I will report that information when I find it.

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Quick Fix – Paper Bead Glued

This is a quick fix to a paper bead after it has been glued.  The situation:  After a couple of days of adding mod podge, varnish, etc, I notice the following bead had a rough spot along the edge.  It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does there is an easy way to fix it.  Take the gentle side of an emery board and file the spot down.  In my case, the spot along the edge could only be done in one direction.  If I moved the emery board back and forth it would only make the spot worse.  One way filing!

Now the bead is smooth as glass.  There are enough sealants on this bead, that it doesn’t look like it needs anything else done to it, but I am going to add one more coat of varnish just to be on the safe side.

I want to encourage everyone, no matter what your art form.  Don’t be afraid to correct a problem.  Use your best guess on what would properly fix it and try.  Take it slow and go for it!

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Paper Bead Jewelry: Black and White Earring

The black and white beads I discussed in an earlier post is complete.  The finished product looks like this:    (with a quick review of steps 1 and 2 below)

Think creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Quick Review:

The Paper Bead Hourglass Shape

While watching TV tonight, I made another bead.  The hourglass bead is an interesting shape and worth a serious try.

My Experience:   It took longer than normal, even though I realize this is a new process for me.  Adding the glue during the bead creation made for a bit of a “sticky” situation.  I call it an hourglass bead, because that is the closest comparison I could make to the final shape.  My camera was not “happy” as you can tell by the last photograph.

I saw the template for this bead on the internet.  Naturally, I didn’t read the directions.  😉  This is what I did:
1.  Cut a one inch strip.
2. Folded strip in half lengthwise.

3.  Took a ruler and marked folded strip so there are two tapered legs.
4.  Cut with scissors while holding paper fold together.

I began by rolling this on the solid side.  As you continue, the legs come into play.  Both sides need to be rolled at approximately the same speed.  At the same time, make sure the straight line of the outside edge stays on “itself” as you continue. In other words, don’t let the legs move toward the center.  I occasionally had to glue in order to keep the paper in place.  Even though it was not quick, I like the end result.

There is a pending question: Can two matching beads be made?  (for earrings.)  Hmmmm.

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Paper Bead Shapes – Part III

As of late, I seem to be in a “paper bead shape” mood.  Yikes.  I hope it is useful to you in someway.

Yesterday I decided to make beads that were not such a dark color. Something that was pastel and “happy.”  Unfortunately it seemed to a bad rolling day. (Is that even possible?!)  No two matched and since I am using scrapbook remnants, running out of paper.  Changing things up may help.  Instead of going to an internet template, I went free form.  Try it yourself.  You could come up with a shape that is “gold.”

You can see from the picture above, that most of my beads are fairly regular in size and shape.  Now take a look at Bead A.  At first I didn’t see anything special.  Suddenly I realized that Bead A would make a wonderful dangle earring.  There is my “gold” in the experimentation.  Can I make a second one?  I’ll find out today.

Even if it is a little thing like paper beads, don’t be reluctant to try something new.  Sometimes flying without a net is helpful to the creative process.  No matter what you do, try to find your own gold.

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

More on Paper Bead Shapes

When it comes to shapes of beads, I found this blog that includes bead templates.  I also thought it was very funny when I read how she thought she had come up with something original when she decided to make paper beads.  She then discovered, and I quote, “not so much.”  Carole Anne’s blog. Third pic down.  (and I can’t believe I am sending you to another’s blog, 😉 but seeing the template will be helpful to you.)

Yes.  Making paper beads is not an original idea for any of us.  However, finding these odd shaped beads is rare.  Also, making paper beads is absolutely not a “cookie cutter” art.  Each bead is different.  In a way, each bead is original.

I may try one of these shaped beads.  I’ll let you know.  In the meantime,

Think creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Paper Beads – Shapes

After some thought, I believe I make five different shaped paper beads. I don’t know the official names, but here they are:

With my own names:  Back row: roll, round, saucer; Front row: cone and….traditional.  If you are new to paper beading, this picture may help you decide what works best for you.  The first question is, “How do you plan to use them after they are complete?”

There are more bead shapes that I have never attempted.  Before experimenting,  I’ll ask myself the same question as above.  Will my jewelry style work well with the new shape?  I’ll keep you in-the-loop.

Think creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Christmas Jewelry with Paper Beads

This is just a short note to all of you who make your own paper bead jewelry.  I’m going to state the obvious.  Christmas is pressing in, whether you are selling your items or making pieces for gifts.  I have noticed that most people looking at my jewelry on etsy are focusing on Christmas-related items.  So if you are putting on the last touches of seasonal jewelry, now is the time to get with it.

And by the way, I also need to take my own advice.  🙂

Janet
janettalk.wordpress.com
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

To Ring or Not to Ring

I have a friend who is interested in making a ring.(not a paper bead ring, just a ring in general)  Since I am a paper bead “jeweler” I’ve never pursued rings. But it made me wonder about paper-beading it.   After reading several web sites, I very quickly put this together last night.

The wire was reused from another project and the bead was one I made early in my paper bead-making.  Both items seemed appropiate for an experiment.

I wore it today.  The main reason I didn’t want to make rings with paper beads is people wash their hands with their jewelry on.  After all, what’s the point of having jewelry if you can’t enjoy it?  My plan was to be careful, but at the mall one of the first things I did was wash my hands in the ladies room.  Right as my hand went under the water I saw the ring.  Too late.

If the ring decides to mutiny on me, I’ll add a picture later.  Right now it seems okay.

Paper Bead Jewelers, do you make beads and use them in rings?

Keep Thinking Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Common Sense Versus Art

Common Sense versus Art: Paper Beads

Common sense will tell you that if you roll two different size papers, you will have two different size beads. Ignore the width of the two different bead groups below.  This is hard to explain, so I’m going to use straight forward language.  The beads on the left look fatter than the beads on the right.  The green and white beads were made from a mailer that is approximately 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.  The paper on the right was approximately 17 inches long.  The difference?  The left beads were made from heavy paper, the ones on the right are catalog pages.  It is common sense, and I knew this before I started, but it is startling at times.

Then the art comes into play. (And maybe I use the word art loosely.)  The paper I used for the right had Christmas colors.  If I had not taped two pages together before I made the bead, it would have been half its size.  Normally, that is too small to handle and too small to use.  I also chose the order of the paper I glued.

The large beads were harder to roll because of the paper weight.  It also had large white letters, with two red splashes of color.  I had to think ahead.  Where did I want the paper bead to end?  Where will the white letters appear?  I normally plan, and the paper always hands me surprises.  For example I didn’t anticipate the white letters would only be on one side of the bead.  Note: You mark the paper on the wrong side.  That helps with the “surprise.”

That is enough for now.  Below is what happened to some of the above beads.  I’d like to think that it is art.

Think Creatively,

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