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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)

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

Embossing Powder for Paper Beads

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.

Have Fun,
Janet (janettalk)

Creativity and Your Signature Style – Tim Holtz

I sprinkle the word “creativity” throughout my blog. What a word!  I’m still trying to figure out what that means in my own life.

I recently received a commercial email dealing with creativity that I wanted to share.  It was sent to me by Cloth Paper Scissors, an Interweave company.  The reason I find it worth including in my blog can be said in two words “Tim Holtz.”  Tim is the Creative Director of Ranger Industries.  The topic: Tips for Creating your own Signature Style.

Click anywhere in this sentence to take you to Holtz’ article in clothpaperscissors.com. 

I’ll list just two:  “Experiment. Trying new things is key to developing your style. It’s true that you won’t know what you like until you try it.”
Look around. While our creative surroundings are full of inspiration, it’s what you take from them to make it your own that’s important.”

I hope this article assists you and me in learning more about our own creativity and signature style.


Paper Recommendation

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,
Janet (janettalk)

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.)
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.

Janet (janettalk)

….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)

How does one follow Janna Syvanoja’s jewelry?

Before I added my last post I knew trouble was ahead.  How could my paper beads follow Janna Syvanoja’s beautiful work?

I am avoiding that and instead adding the work of Holly Anne Mitchell.

Based on a search of the internet I believe that the above necklace is probably her most famous piece.  However, the paper bead necktie below may be my favorite.  It is so creative and detailed.  It must have taken a tremendous amount of time.  Before this, I never thought of using paper beads for neckties. (and I am confident this is something I will not try!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t include the link where I first read about Ms. Mitchell.  She was written about in Michigan Today, University of Michigan.

Copyright related issues are always a concern.  I am not asking to copy their work. It is my own curiosity.  I’d really like to know how Janna Syvanoja makes those smooth cuts and folds for her paper jewelry, and how Holly Mitchell added the tube beads to the above necklace.

[I have to ask, do these two ladies humble you as much as they humble me?)

Think Creatively,
Janet (janettalk)

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)

Christmas, Paper, and Organization?

Christmas is just a few days away.  In a word:  Yikes!

There is so much to do, that I have been a delinquent jeweler and blogger.  I am trying to clean and organize my house for guests and the paper beading supplies that I have in abundance are a real clutter problem.  How do you organize?

Honestly, I don’t think it is possible.  My best guess:  I organized loose paper (C)by color and magazines (B) got their own box.  The long strips of paper (A) that have been cut are the problem.  There is no way to make it neat.  Or even “neatish.”

Now I have to figure what to do with this since I organized?  Hmmmm.

It is ironic that I began paper beading to use some of the paper lying around to make something beautiful from “pre-enjoyed” paper.  But now I have an even larger collection of paper because of paper beads.

Think creatively, (even about storage)
Janet (janettalk)

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)