Registered: August 11, 2004 Location: New PhiladelphiA, OH Posts: 770
Mon, Sep 27, 2004 @ 8:55 PM
Just beautiful I would love to wear that!! Did you get the idea out of the magazine?? I seen an article on making your own beads from paper and fibers etc
Registered: May 18, 2004 Location: Newburgh NY Posts: 1044
Tue, Sep 28, 2004 @ 5:45 AM
Thanks for your wonderful comments! Patience is the key word on making these, it is a 4 day process. Day 1, cut out the bead shapes, apply glue & roll on a wooden 1/4" dowel. Let dry overnight. Day 2, put about 10 - 12 beads on a foot long skewer, apply a coat of Mod-podge(fairly thick). let dry to clear, apply a second coat. Let dry overnight. Day 3, Apply 2 coats of Krylon clear acrylic spray(gloss) drying completly in between coats, Let Dry overnight. Day 4, String your beads on 30 gauge cloth covered floral wire. I prefer this wire as it does not stretch like the jewelry wire and the beads hang beautifully using this. I also use only semi-precious stones or glass beads. Of course there is silver or gold spacer beads too.
I had learned this technique many years ago. I took what I learned & added a few steps to make the beads really durable. They are as hard as any glass beads when you are through but they don't have all the extra added weight.
I also saw an article in a magazine a few months back which inspired me to go back & make some more of these. I can't make them fast enough for all the people that want to buy sets from me.
From a 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper you can get 3 necklaces & 2 bracelets or 2 necklaces & 4-5 bracelets. I use paper that has an all over pattern. Each bead ends up just a bit different than the one before.
Again thanks for the great praises!
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