Which wasn't so bad after all ;)
I was trying paper beads for the first time, but I ended up rolling so many, that I didn't know what to do with them. Until I remembered the bronze hearts I had found in a bead store. Got a whole pack of 'em [yes, I have a thing for hearts :) ]. Anyway, so I threaded the beads onto a chain, added a heart, and a couple of glass beads and voila!
What you'll need:
- Sheets of paper (newspaper, scraps, notebook sheets, designer paper, anything you like)
- Scissors or exacto knife
- Long ruler
- Craft glue (or any white paper glue)
- Varnishing medium & paint brush
- Styrofoam block (or make one yourself)
- Most important- lots of patience!
Tip- The longer you cut your strip, the thicker (bigger) the bead will be when finished.
Here's a link for those who want to try it out for themselves.
Piece of advice: try to use pages from magazines or books. Plain sheets will give you pretty simple beads (unless that's what you want ofcourse!). And don't worry about the text or images showing on the finished beads- they hardly do, and sometimes, it adds to the charm! :) And last- protect your work! I applied 3-4 coats of varnish on each bead. It also helps to harden them.
There are sooo many shapes that you can make! You just need to know how to cut 'em and roll 'em, so here's a picture showing the patterns I follow:
The measurements are just a guideline, once you're confident enough you can simply cut and roll away!
PS- Here are some really great ideas for paper beads! Happy rolling :)