Crafty: Beads of Paper
I made some rather cool (even if I do say so myself) paper beads a while ago. They were so easy to make and look great on a necklace, I made two and gave them both away, and I know that one at least gets worn often. At least half the time that I see my young friend she is wearing it.
What you will need:
- A printer that works, paper
- A few toothpick and cooking skewers
- (optional, probably useful but I didn't have any) some kind of glaze
And if you want to make more than the paper part:
- Some other beads, (a few metal ones look nice.)
- A necklace chain, some other chain and some Jump Rings
- And some things which I have googled and I think are called "Metal Head Pins" sounds kinda violent....
First you need to decide what words you want and what font and print them out, but remember that shorter words work better... because otherwise you have the problem of chopping off one end of the word with the other end. Then you need to cut the paper into strips with each word at one end of a strip and you want them to be as straight as possible!
Make sure your strips are not so fat that the finished bead will be to big to fit onto a head pin with some other beads. You need some other beads on there (at least I did) not only because it looks good and I say so but because the skewer sized hole is probably too big and the bead will just slip off the pin.
Then get glue everywhere, but not too much of it.... contradictory
terms I know. Roll the strips into beads, tight around the skewer. Once it is rolled take it off and put in on a toothpick-that is resting between some other things that are lying around-to dry. Then continue until you have rolled all of them. As you can see some of mine were longer and others shorter. When they are dry it could be a good idea to glaze them.... I tried it with glue but that did not work so well as the ink started to run...
Now you have paper beads. Next you need to chose some other beads and thread them all onto the head pins. Bend the loops at the top and attach a jump ring or some chain, varying lengths look nice. Obviously you will then need to attach the pendant you have made to the necklace with a jump ring. And then you are done.
Have you ever made paper beads?
If so what kind were they?
Do you like glue?