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!
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,
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!
P.S. While researching Sterling Publishing, I saw they have more paper-related reference books. Hmmm. I may need to check into that further.
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?
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
Glue (I am a fan of Mod Podge.)
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
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.
This is a follow-up to my January 29, 2012, post. The topic is the difference between the figure 8 bead and the hourglass bead. I put together both beads from the same mailer. You’ll see the difference. (And didn’t I say it was minor!)
That is it for today. Let’s put these beads to rest!
I found the following book at my local library:
The Art of Jewelry
by Marthe Le Van
The book is hardcover and beautifully photographed. Instructions are in large enough print so that they can be easily read. The author not only includes pictures of paper jewelry, but instructions and on occasion, templates. The price on the cover is $24.95, but with a little research, you can find it for less than $20.00
Some of the 35 projects include paper I normally don’t have around. Maybe you do, but I don’t have acrylic sheets, vellum, or a huge quantity of high-density polyethylane-fiber envelopes. In other words, the emphasis is not recycling. Fair enough. Every book cannot have everything for everyone.
I tried one of the simpler projects, and was able to successfully complete it. If you have any background with paper art, you should be able to follow the instructions.
The best part of the The Art of Jewelry: Paper Jewelry: Ideas for paper jewelry I would describe as more elegant and upscale than you normally see.
The worse part for me was probably the more complicated projects seemed just a bit out of reach. For example, the picture on the cover was a bracelet made from 700 2-inch circles of white vellum. It is beautiful and I want to try it, but realistically I doubt I ever will. 700?
In retrospect, I suppose it is not important that I can create every one of the 35 projects. They have beauty as presented. That alone has value.
You can make a minor change in cutting paper to create a different paper bead.
There is an “8” shaped bead and an hourglass shaped bead. You’ll see below. [Reminder: I do not have elaborate software to create my templates This was generated in Word.]
It makes sense once you think about it. Which look to you prefer? The paper on the right is simpler to cut. It is a triangle inside of a rectangle. But I believe the paper on the left is easier to roll into a bead. It is a trade-off.
The fact this is so minor has made me unsure of whether to post, but I decided to go for it. I hope I’m not the only one who thinks about this when I see these beads in different shapes on the internet. [now see Feb 19, 2012 for more]
Personal Note: As most readers already know I want to encourage everyone to be creative in their own way. However, these past few days have been difficult for me. Our 23-year-old cockatiel is ill. We have shared our lives for a long time. If you have an animal you understand. Any kind of accomplishment has been a struggle. There is more, but not today. Today I talk about beads.