Paper beads – an attempt

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I absolutely had to try my hand at making beads after seeing this instructable. Their products looked almost too good to be true. I had to find out if it was really that simple to recycle paper into something stunning.

Suffice to say that it got addictive that first day. I think I sat there for almost 6 hours just slogging away at it, ruling and cutting strips of paper then rolling them onto toothpicks and trying to get the shape just right. And it may seem like a simple idea to begin with, but once you get into it you realise just what an art it really is!

a few beads

dried and waiting for varnish

This project started last year sometime, I can’t remember quite when, but I ended up with a lovely collection of colourful paper beads.

beads on toothpicks

letting the glue dry

Unfortunately, when I started making them I rolled them onto toothpicks which meant that the resulting hole through the middle was much too big for the threads I was using for other projects. It also meant that these beads would positively swallow the smaller beads I wanted to use as highlights. Seriously a whole row of beads would just disappear inside of these guys like nobody’s business.

So I haven’t used these beads to make anything yet. I’ve been messing around with some designs recently and hopefully something will come of it. Until then, I have started on another batch of beads using a smaller rolling implement. This time I’ll be using a glover’s needle. Not as thin as a sewing or beading needle, but not half as thick as something like a wool needle.

Fingers crossed it all works out. I’ll keep you posted.

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