When I was younger I made paper beads by rolling up bus tickets.....and quickly 4got about them :(
Went to collage 4 a jewelry course and discovered them again!
BUT NOW I AM A GROWN-UP (NOT)the kitchen is my own and I can make a much mess as I like!
AND I LIKE!!!
I bought this book in a charity shop for 50p, okay so it's a bit out of date!
And well some of it is good 4 a read.....but most of it will be good for paper beads!
Just look at all the different pages in here waiting to be used!
So much Yummy paper for recycling!
Once I have removed a page from the book I splice it up in2 strips of about 2cms on my paper cutter!
Quick and simple.....
Roll up the paper strip on a large needle, I try to keep the paper very tight so the paper isn't squishie!
And the bead is very soiled even at this point!
Once rolled up put a small amount of glue on the end and press down the end, so that the paper strip doesn't unroll!
Sometimes I tear the end off to keep some of the paper that has a picture on to form a patten!
Keep hold tight.....
And there you go one tightly rolled paper bead...
But I don't like making to many long thin ones I try something different every-time!
These are my bent metal rods I made to put the beads on when I have rolled them up (I did make more than 2 in fact...well just roll on down with me!)
Here's another page from the book with tram-lines drawn on and then other lines are drawn inbetween like elongated triangles.
Just a better view of the last page. I also like to cut these triangles out with scissors rather than my paper-cuttter...I don't know why but I do!
I told you it was an obsession way back at the top!
Here's me being clever rolling four strips at once! It make the bead fatter, but need some practice!(Which I have been doing for yonks!)
Tear off three of the ends of the strips of triangle when you get near the end an with the one left put on a small amount of glue.
I use PVA and I get really messy (which I don't mind)because I hold it down until it is really stuck!
Hey!Whats is this your little fat paper bead!
The picture isn't 2 good, but I think you will get the idea!
Want to do more?!
Then carry on down....
I put some of this gold stuff from an old writing set I found in the draw, but you can color them with just about anything....
U can use Ruff and Buff or whatever see below, more stuff I found in the draw!
I like this color with the gold, it's been in the draw for ages and is nearly dried up.
Better use the other one up soon or I may have to find a use for old dried up paint?
Mmmmmmmmmmm(thinkin now ya know)
Now give them a jacket of PVA glue, and I mean a jacket!
I fill in all the gaps with the glue to, I use it like using poli-filler!
If you like you can give them more than one coat!
I have been known to give my beads three coats!Time consuming, but very relaxing!
Now I have to wait for them 2 dry!
Better do some boring jobs....washing-up,hovering and bring in the washing from outside!
All dry and shinny well worth all that effort!(well I think so!all I got from my daughter was mmmmm they're okay!)
Well I love them! They are super hard (with all the paint and glue)They will last a long time to because the PVA glue has given them a hard shell.
I will make mine in2 a necklace which I already know is sold!To the local bar man Benji and I will also get free beer when I go line dancing on Monday night!
Sadly I can say I am a better paper beads maker than line dancer...but we all shine at something......