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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)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

Special Note:  Thanks to everyone at Cut Out and Keep.

Recycling Craft Site

I saw this website and I thought it may be of interest to some of you.  It is CraftBits, and this will take you to their Recycled Crafts page .  There are many ideas.  At least in my opinion, some concepts were better than others.  And since my blog deals in paper beads for the most part, I’ll point out one specific project:  paper bead bobby pin.

Have fun,
Janet (janettalk)

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)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

….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)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry

A Lonely Paper Bead Finds A Home

On November 27, 2011, I wrote about creating free form beads.  The unusual shape of one of the beads “struck my fancy.”  I thought it would be a good earring.  Unfortunately I could not make a second one.  It sat alone, until I realized, this lone bead would make a charming pendant. It took a while, but here it is.

I am happy with the result.

There is an odd phenomenon when specifically making paper earrings.  Two is needed.  I couldn’t create anything close to a twin.  But that didn’t mean the lonely bead couldn’t make a very nice piece of jewelry.  If you have lone beads, take another look.  You never know what those beads could be.

Happy Creating,
Janet (janettalk)
www.etsy.com/shop/paperchasejewelry