These earrings are not all they appear. They are made from paper beads encased in electrician’s heat shrinkable plastic tubing!
These beads look like porcelain but they are actually rolled paper encased in shrunk plastic tubing. There are lots of opportunities to use non-jewelry making components in your designs - you just have to use your imagination.
You can buy bead rollers from Cbar5Creations on Etsy and electrician's tubing on Ebay.
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You Will Need
If you've completed one of my other projects (Time for Tea, Temple Tassel or Polymer Porcelain project), you can use the same willow pattern plate photograph. If not, you’ll need to take one! If it’s a very large plate, a section will suffice. Use a high quality setting on your camera and ensure good lighting. Print it out so the pattern is the same size as the pattern on the plate. You are going to need a patterned paper piece that extends to 5” (15cm) wide by at least 6” (18cm) long. An inkjet or laser printed image is fine for this project. Cut a rectangle of patterned paper that is 5 inches wide by at least 6 inches long. I managed a 5” (15cm) by 8.5” (25cm) rectangle from my image.
Apply a small amount of glue to one end of a paper strip (the end that will be visible on the bead). Slide the other end of the paper strip into the groove on the bead roller and begin rolling, slowly and steadily, keeping the bead uniform. Press the gluey end down firmly and leave to dry for a minute or two.