by Sarah Moore
Turn ordinary writing instruments into works of art.
- Sticky Strip™ or Double Sided Industrial Strength Tape Sheets (Also known as “Terrifically Tacky," “O’so Sticky," “Wonder,” or “Red Liner” tape)
- Translucent microbeads
- 2” X 4” shipping labels
- Pentel R.S.V.P™ or pen of similar style
- Scissors and/or paper trimmer
- Bead tray or suitable container
- Bone folder or other burnishing tool
- Embossing heat tool
- Small image stamps
- Vivid colored water-based ink
- Scrap cardstock
Stamp an entire shipping label with selected images and inks.
Tip: remove the label and place it on an empty label sheet or square of waxed paper before stamping.
Using the scrap cardstock and a ruler, measure pen length. To measure around the pen, use a strip of scrap paper. Create a template for the pen for later use and store it with the microbeads.
Use the template to cut the adhesive sheets to size.
Tip: If using Sticky Strip™ instead of sheets; apply strips of tape to waxed paper before trimming to template size.
Trim the stamped shipping label to size using the template as a guide. Disassemble the pen.
Apply the stamped shipping label to the pen. Use a bone folder to firmy rub the label onto the pen.
Apply the Sticky Strip™ over the label and press down firmly. Do not allow the ends to overlap until the tape backing is removed.
Use embossing heat tool to heat the adhesive/pen for a few seconds. Do not overheat and melt the adhesive.
Roll the pen with the warmed adhesive in a tray of microbeads until well coated.
When fully covered, roll the pen on a flat surface and press beads into place. Set aside briefly to cool.
Tip: However tempting it may be, donâ€™t play with the beads! The oils in your fingers will coat the beads and prevent them from adhering to the adhesive.
Reassemble the pen and enjoy! Add a little bow for a cute finishing touch.
For a really quick and easy version of Beaded Pens, use trim patterned paper to size and run through a Xyron™ machine to apply adhesive to the reverse. Use in place of stamped shipping labels.