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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Cat-a-Cuff :: Paper Bead Cuff Bracelet on: June 12, 2009 01:19:18 AM
looks great! reminds me of jewelery i've gotten from http://www.beadforlife.com !

Wow - amazing and beautiful! Thanks for the link!!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Cat-a-Cuff :: Paper Bead Cuff Bracelet on: June 11, 2009 04:07:00 PM
Yours looks so good!  I have tried making beads like these (more than once) and they never turn out right.  I think I'm gonna keep trying though, every time I see yours I just want to go try again  Cheesy

I think that the secret is to roll tight and straight - if the fat part is moving toward one end - you need to push it to the center........good advice for so many situations... Tongue
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Cat-a-Cuff :: Paper Bead Cuff Bracelet on: June 08, 2009 09:48:14 PM
That's a very pretty bracelet, and very clear instructions, thank you for taking the time to explain.
I just have this little scene in my head where someone is asking you where you got the bracelet and you tell them, "oh, this is from a Nordstrom catalog". And then the person is going all over the catalog trying to find it  Cheesy

Tanath - I LOVE this!!Thank you for the perfect answer!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Cat-a-Cuff :: Paper Bead Cuff Bracelet on: June 08, 2009 11:04:38 AM
Thank you for the super nice compliments!!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Cat-a-Cuff :: Paper Bead Cuff Bracelet on: June 05, 2009 06:29:20 PM
I have fallen in love with these beads (although I've just made the smaller form), and in my first attempts I tried the toothpick base, but when they were dry, about 20% were permanently stuck to the toothpick!!!

SO, I talked my husband into making a tool to avoid that complication, and it works GREAT: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304591.0

Thanks for another way to use them. This bracelet looks really NEAT!


McJulie-O - Thanks for the info on making a tool! I may have to make one like yours....The trick is getting the center hole small enough that the glass beads don't go inside of the paper........or get bigger glass beads......thinking...thinking...thanks again!!

Gigiz,
It looks like that wouldn't be a problem if you used the same beads as above....I'm using some spacer type beads to separate mine, but the holes really aren't THAT big, not a whole lot bigger than toothpicks, anyway.



MJ-O - Excellent! I need to be checking inside my spray cleaners!! Smiley Thanks again for the tip!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Re: Cat-a-Cuff :: Paper Bead Cuff Bracelet on: June 05, 2009 10:46:12 AM
I have fallen in love with these beads (although I've just made the smaller form), and in my first attempts I tried the toothpick base, but when they were dry, about 20% were permanently stuck to the toothpick!!!

SO, I talked my husband into making a tool to avoid that complication, and it works GREAT: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304591.0

Thanks for another way to use them. This bracelet looks really NEAT!

McJulie-O - Thanks for the info on making a tool! I may have to make one like yours....The trick is getting the center hole small enough that the glass beads don't go inside of the paper........or get bigger glass beads......thinking...thinking...thanks again!!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Cat-a-Cuff :: Paper Bead Cuff Bracelet on: June 05, 2009 02:27:59 AM


I used a common technique of rolling paper to make tube beads. The longish beads are strung side-by-side rather than end-to-end, to make this paper bead bracelet cuff. I love the funky, chunky look.

I started with a Nordstrom catalog. I'm not going to be buying anything from it - might as well make something fashion-y from it! I will use about 5 pages to make enough beads for this bracelet.



These are my paper bead making supplies: Exacto knife, ruler, cutting mat, glue, toothpicks, a piece of Styrofoam.


I have cut the pages into long triangular strips:


I roll them onto the toothpick, gluing as I go:


The end is glued in place:


The beads are stick in the Styrofoam to dry:


I coat the beads with clear nail polish before removing them from the toothpicks.


The paper beads are wired together with wood and pewter beads at each end. I am making a ring on each end of the 5-bead section.


Completed sections:


I take the completed sections and using elastic string them together with glass E beads in between. I used 30 rolled paper beads for this bracelet.


After stinging both ends of my sections I have a completed cuff bracelet! Fashion and frugality from my beautiful Nordstrom catalog!





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