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Paper Craft Bead Making

Paper Craft Bead Making

Paper Craft Bead Making

You will need:

  • Some old paper such as pages from magazines or books
  • Your favourite wooden printing block and paint
  • Cocktail Sticks
  • Glue Sticks
  • Varnish
  • Monofilament line or clear elastic
  • Glass/Plastic Beads for embellishment

 

  1. Take your old paper and block print on it to create a pattern of your choice.
  2. On the reverse of the paper mark out triangular shapes that go across the full width of the paper with the point on one side of the paper being in the mid point of the base of the triangle on the other side.
  3. Cut the triangles out. The base of the triangle will determine the length of the bead and the height of the triangle will set the width of the finished bead.
  4. Take a cocktail stick and place it along the base of the triangular piece of paper and start to roll tightly towards the point of the triangle.
  5. When you have about 5cm of the triangle left to be rolled up, run the glue stick across the remainder of the triangle before finishing rolling.
  6. Once you have completed rolling all of the triangles slide them back onto separate cocktail sticks and varnish them. Stand the cocktail stick in some modelling clay or polystyrene to let the beads dry.
  7. With the varnish dry you can start assembling the beads into the project of your choice. Use monofilament line for non-stretchy items such as necklaces, or clear elastic for bracelets.
  8. Use glass or plastic coloured beads to create some variety in your project.

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