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You just Wouldn't believe they're Paper!
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!!!

Posted by SuperCool and Really Trendy from Bradford, England, United Kingdom • Published See SuperCool and Really Trendy's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 1
    Step 1

    I bought this book in a charity shop for 50p, okay so it's a bit out of date!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!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 2
    Step 2

    Just look at all the different pages in here waiting to be used!
    So much Yummy paper for recycling!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 3
    Step 3

    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.....

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 4
    Step 4

    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!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 5
    Step 5

    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.....

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 6
    Step 6

    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!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 7
    Step 7

    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!)

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 8
    Step 8

    Here's another page from the book with tram-lines drawn on and then other lines are drawn inbetween like elongated triangles.

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 9
    Step 9

    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!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 10
    Step 10

    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!)

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 11
    Step 11

    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!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 12
    Step 12

    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....
    More fun....

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 13
    Step 13

    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!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 14
    Step 14

    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)

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 15
    Step 15

    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!

  • How to make a paper bead. Paper Bead Obbssesion......Addiction - Step 16
    Step 16

    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......
    LOL
    Cath

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Alu S.
Alu S.
I tried the nail polish too and it worked a treat! Thanks for that idea! I'm going to give it to my mum when we have curry tonight. I have just left it to dry. i'm really excited to see the expression on her face! Thankyou! My birthday is on february 9th 1994! Send me happy birthday messages on that day please! Time to eat! Bibi!
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Alu S.
Alu S.
This is really cool and easy to do. These on a necklace will make a great present for my mother. Thankyou! It is the best thing ever!
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SuperCool and Really Trendy
SuperCool and Really Trendy · Bradford, England, GB · 60 projects
Yes I have used nail polish 2....coloured works well!But u may need loads of coats.
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deanna
deanna
these are beautiful! i have a question though. could i put some clear nail polish on them to seal them or will it ruin them?
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SuperCool and Really Trendy
SuperCool and Really Trendy · Bradford, England, GB · 60 projects
My first ones were CRAP!I have made loads now and they help me chill out!But the more I made the better they became....everytime I made them I tried something different as can see with the ones I covered in resin!They were poo and stuck to everything they touched!
But I didn't give up!They are so cheap to make!
You can spend 5minutes making them or like I do ages!(Thats over night waiting 4 the glue to dry!)Just enjoy!I have also made a paper bowlfrom my sons old magsI JUST LOVE MAKING SOMETHING FROM NEXT TO NOTHING!COOL!
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quirky been v.
quirky been v. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 8 projects
i tried those last night and failed. ended up making a paperbowl
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SuperCool and Really Trendy
SuperCool and Really Trendy · Bradford, England, GB · 60 projects
Cheers 4 the comment! I just love making them...I have moved on2 paper-bowls.They are just as cool 2 me.
So cheap 2 make and you can find the stuff in your house without having to go out and spend loads of money on the stuff 2 make them with!So unlike so many other crafts!
We always have glue and paper at home in some kinda form or another!and if not there's always homemade glue (flour n water!)which I used to make when I was a kid.........so long ago........but in my mind not! so long!:O)
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Barmycarmy
Barmycarmy · Runcorn, England, GB · 8 projects
Love it!!! Thank you Happy
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I May Be Rude But I'm The Truth
I May Be Rude But I'm The Truth · Torrington, Connecticut, US · 23 projects
I was wondering how many coats of paint and glue you put on these because mine never look this good. I had a kit when I was younger but i forgot about it until now.
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SuperCool and Really Trendy
SuperCool and Really Trendy · Bradford, England, GB · 60 projects
Thanks for the last comment...I just make them every so often, but when I do it just make loads...n...loads!Have you seen my attempt at resin covered beads? Or plastic bottle beads?
Love
Cath
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