Monday, January 5, 2009

Paper Beads

I've occasionally considered making paper beads, but it was one of those projects that I kept moving down the list, then I would quickly lose interest. But yesterday I saw a tutorial on Natasha's blog, and I knew that I had to drop everything else immediately and make some now. I don't think I'm finished with the beads pictured above, because I'd like them to be shinier like Natasha's, but I wanted to go ahead and show them to you.

Natasha goes into a lot of detail on how to experiment with your beads using things like paint, pigments, and UTEE. At this point, mine are simply rolled and sealed with ModPodge.

Here they are in progress:


lisa said...

hi cheryl! I linked to your post in my blog carnival - I love paper beads, thanks!

Rose from FineCraftGuild dotcom said...

Your beads are at least as nice as your reference post, I feel.

To help you with ideas: I gave my beads three types of finishes:
1. plain -- I like the matte version, as it goes together with pearls
2. acrylic varnish -- I have both matte and glossy, and so I tried both... good to match with other shiny beads.
3. glitter glue -- I wanted to glamorize them a bit, and also adjusted the color scheme of the necklace chain, and so this watermelon pink glitter glue did both.

In future, I'll use the colored glitter glues as my easiest, best-in-line with other materials, inexpensive option.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for the link love!

Rose, thanks for those tips. I think I'll look for the glitter glues next time I'm in Hobby Lobby.

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