Everyone knows I love projects that use scraps of paper!! Can you believe that the white beads in this necklace with the black and grey daisies started out as scraps of paper??? For months now I have been trying to resist roaming into the bead aisle, but on my last research trip I ran into friends who had just made beads out of scraps of paper. And within moments I found myself in the bead aisle dreaming of creating necklaces with scraps of paper. So here is my first necklace...I have been in a black & white mood all month, so it seemed fitting that my first creation would be black and white.
To create your paper beads you will need:
- Scraps of light weight paper with a very tiny print or scraps with multiply colors...I suggest playing with a variety of your scraps as you will be surprised which scraps will actually make the prettiest beads. To create the longest beads I cut strips 3/4" x 6". For the short beads the strips are 1/2" x 6".
- Tiny bamboo skewers- to wrap your paper around
- Scotch tacky Adhesive to adhere your paper as you roll it around the skewer
- Versamark watermark pad and super fine clear embossing powder from Ranger to change your bead from paper to faux ceramic bead.
Begin making your bead by rolling the scrap of paper tightly around the skewer, next apply a tiny amount of glue on the backside of the paper and continue rolling the paper around the skewer, as you roll the paper the glue will extend further on the strip. Keep applying glue as needed. You will want to roll your bead as tight as possible. When you get to the end of your scrap strip make sure that you adhere the edge completely. Set aside bead to dry. After you have made several beads, place a paper bead back on the skewer and roll the bead while on the skewer across a versamark watermark pad.
Sprinkle clear embossing powder or UTEE on a scrap of paper and roll the bead in the clear embossing powder. Using a heat embossing tool, heat the embossing powder. While the bead is still lukewarm roll the bead in the embossing powder again and heat set. I recommend 3 coats of clear embossing powder - you now have a paper bead that looks like a ceramic bead.
If you are a newbie to jewelry making like myself, I recommend purchasing a jewelry design board to layout your necklace design.
My beads were made with from Diecuts with a View. I experimented with papers from my black and white 4.5 x 6.5 mat stack. This was a great way to play with a wide variety of papers as I decided what I would like my paper beads to look like. Have fun making your beads and I am not responsible for any addictive behavior developed as a result of reading my blog!! Don't you just hate enablers!!!
P.S. I made 3 trips to the bead aisle before I completed my first necklace. I suggest purchasing a few large seed beads and round beads which will sit nicely against your paper bead. If the bead is too small it will get lost inside your paper bead. I would also recommend making your beads and bringing them to the bead aisle to decide what beads you need to purchase to complete your design.