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« on: January 01, 2007 12:59:52 PM »

anyone making those paper beads out of recycled magazine or catalog pages? they look fun to make!

i am looking for some general directions.  specifically, are people finding best results rolling around a straw and then leaving the straw inside (just cutting between the beads when dry)? are tiny drink straws used? also, what type of "shellac" is used to seal it?

thanks in advance for any info...
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2007 06:51:13 AM »

here ya go.  I actually have a little setup that my SO made that allows me to whip them out like mad when I have the urge.

http://www.tappi.org/paperu/art_class/paperBeads.htm
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2007 02:06:15 PM »

I get pretty good results just wrapping them around a wooden kabob scewer and painting them with clear nailpolish.

And then I take them off the kabob scewer. 

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2007 11:31:54 AM »

I realised the best was making a triangle, but with the bottom (widest) part rectangular, about a cm or so, and don't gluing that rectangular part, that way you can take it off easily and the shape is nicer.

I think a picture is always better...

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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2007 03:34:16 PM »

This is an excellent write-up by Lisa Vollrath over at Go Make Something:
http://www.gomakesomething.com/content/view/201/67/

She uses UTEE and they look wonderful.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007 05:10:29 PM »

I wrap around a wooden toothpick (and slide the bead off) when I want the beads to have a hole smaller than a straw. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2007 07:28:19 AM »

I wrap around a wooden toothpick (and slide the bead off) when I want the beads to have a hole smaller than a straw. 

I'm using something similar; actually I was never using a straw, it's TOO big and it would be "an expensive fun"! - and I never thought about it, I started making them before I saw this tutorial.

Plus, now I am not using that shape I showed you anymore. It really creates nicer shape, but then you have leftovers from the paper and I don't like that. Still I don't glue the bottom part, but it's simply triangular.
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2007 09:47:10 AM »

We made a bunch of these for children in Tijuana.  I'd take that template up there(though we just cut long triangles) and cut it out a whole lot.  Wrap it around a toothpick fairly tightly(not too tight or you wont get it off) and then pour some elmers glue on it.  spin the toothpic and bead in the direction you were wrapping and smear on the glue.  You get glue all over your fingers but it is so much fun and one of my greatest memories of that trip.
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