May 21st Paper Bead Workshop

Here is the advert for my new paper bead workshop. Just a simple, basic introduction to making paper beads from alsorts of papers that you have around the house. So no expensive outlay.

During the session I will show you how to cut, roll and finish some paper beads. You will use your paper beads to make a bracelet with a clasp and charm to take home. I am really looking forward to this. And the beauty of holding my own workshops is that if they do get fully booked I will be able to hold more at later dates and times.

So please contact me if you are interested even if you can’t make the advertised date.

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My Paper Bead Rolling Tool Tutorial

I have spent many hours rolling my paper beads on toothpicks and it had come to the point where my fingers, hands and wrists couldn’t take anymore. I was getting cramp a lot and my beads were suffering. So I researched the beading tools on the net. Most of them were expensive and with all the different sizes it was hard to choose which one would do the job. Also they looked as though the handles were quite thin which would defeat the object for my hands.
The manufactured bead rollers have a metal rod that is split down the middle, which is where you place the beginning of your bead paper. This is brilliant as you don’t’ have to spend ages trying to get your paper rolled tight enough at the beginning to stay on your cocktail stick whilst rolling it.
You just slide the paper in between the two pins, make it even and roll. This makes it so much quicker.

SAM_1967So after looking at a lot of bead rollers I came up with this simple idea. It took literally 10 minutes to make.
From my small local hardware shop I bought a few different sized split pins, the shop owner only charged me 10p per pin!
The thicker the split pin is the larger the hole will be in your bead.

splitpinI then found a length of dead wood from a tree that had been cut back in the garden. With a saw I cut it down to the length I needed for it to be comfortable in my hand.
With some sand paper I removed the bark and made it smooth. My handle is approx 3/4″ wide and 5 1/2″ long.
Not thinking of health and safety I used a pair of scissors to scrape out a hole, in the middle, at one end of the piece of wood, just wide enough to be able to put the round end of the split pin in, and deep enough so that there would be just over an inch of the split pin showing out of the top.
Next I filled the hole with hot glue and quickly pushed the split pin in, once the glue was dry the split pin was secured. That’s it, my new paper bead roller, ready for use.
Not very posh, but lovely on the hands, makes perfect beads and is so easy to use. I can now carry on making my beads for hours at a time and it only cost me 10p!

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Beads made from the index pages of an Argos catalogue using my new tool

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My lovely Rustic Handmade Paper Bead Rolling Tool.

Any questions please ask, it was so easy for me to make but I don’t know if I explained it enough!!!!

Simple Rescued Book Page Beads

SAM_1973With the left overs from my last Rescued Book Birdhouse I made some tube beads, joined them together with some wooden recycled beads and a small charm to make a bracelet and earring set. And with my home made Paper Bead Roller Tool they were very quick to make.
For the beads:
Book pages
Glue (I used Pva) but you can use a glue stick.
Cocktail sticks for drying the beads on.
Wood varnish or clear nail varnish
A small piece of polystyrene or a cardboard box to dry the beads on.
A bead roller, if you have one, if not you can use the cocktail sticks, skewer or a thin knitting needle.

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Think of how many beads you could make from one book!

These are the little leftovers I had from the last book page tutorial, they measure 3 1/2″ long and 2 1/4″ wide.

SAM_1963To make the beads cut off the border on one side of the page this way the words will be the width of your bead with no blank areas showing. Cut this little page in half lengthwise. As shown in the picture below.

SAM_1966With a toothpick, skewer, thin knitting needle, bead roller or something like my tool. (which I will show you at the end of the tutorial) start to roll your bead tightly from the bottom of the page, where the blank area is.

SAM_1967When you come to about 1/2″ from the end of the paper place some glue to glue it down either using a glue stick or a thin layer of pva glue.

SAM_1968Remove your bead from whatever tool you have used to roll it on and make some more! Remember to check the little page before rolling to make sure that the outside of the bead will be covered with words, and no blank spaces.

SAM_1969To coat my beads I put them onto cocktail sticks and using a small paint brush I gave them a coat of a cheap quick dry wood varnish, if you don’t have any of this you can use ordinary clear nail varnish.
I then pushed the cocktail sticks into the polystyrene (this came in the box with my new computer!) and left them to dry.

Give the beads a little while to become touch dry and then slide them up and down so that the beads don’t stick to the cocktail stick.
When they are thoroughly dry give them another coat of varnish and repeat, moving them up and down the cocktail stick when touch dry.

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Do the sam,e if using a cardboard box, just push the cocktail sticks in so that the beads aren’t touching each other and leave to dry.

When they are completely dry they are ready for making into jewellery.

These little beads are not completely water proof, after all they are made from paper. But if you don’t wash up or have a bath or shower whilst wearing the paper bead jewellery they should last you quite a long time!

There a lots of basic jewellery making tutorials on the interent so I won’t go into depth here, but for my bracelet I used some silver spacer beads and some wooden beads from a broken necklace. They were threaded onto elastic cord for the bracelet. Such a quick and easy way to make a bracelet just thread the beads in the pattern you like using other beads in between and tie the two ends of the cord together when it is the right size to fit onto your wrist. Cut off any excess cord and hide the knot inside one of the beads.

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I hope you enjoy making these! Next you will learn how I made my own Paper Bead Roller Tool………….