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« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2005 10:12:45 AM »

I actually ran across this tutorial the other day that had diagrams on how to cut paper to make different shape beads...

http://www.tappi.org/paperu/art_class/paperBeads.htm   The diagrams are toward the bottom.

I don't believe it has one for short, fat beads, but you could experiment with cutting just a straight rectangle, a thinner triangle, etc.

It's late, and I've been wondering...  How I can stay awake so long and miss so much...

« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2005 11:15:20 AM »

~~ Regarding different-sized beads :

It's been aaages since I suffered through geometry let alone kindergarten, where I too made these beads -- and hey things got pretty rough when the dinosaurs came around thinking they were food ... lol.

Nevertheless ... IF I recall correctly, the shorter the base & the longer the two "legs," the fatter/shorter the beads.  In other words, a long skinny triangle should make a short fat bead.

~~ Regarding how to keep bead holes more 'open' :

I too would suggest rolling the beads around a skewer, pencil, whatever -- but I'd think plastic straws &-or plastic toothpicks might be best, mainly because they come in enough different sizes/shapes to make bead holes perfectly fit whatever stringing material you plan to use.

Another reason to use a 'roller' : it helps give the beads much more consistent holes & possibly even a more consistent shape overall -- thus a nicer, more 'finished' look.

Once dried completely, beads should slip easily off plastic items ... but still you might want to experiment with a couple of beads first no matter what type of roller you use.

Another idea is at the website given by the poster above me -- if you use straws, you could try simply leaving them in.  Just cut off the ends evenly on each side of the bead.
In fact I do believe that's what we did back in kindergarten.  However, back then not all straws were plastic; most were made of some sort of stiff waxy translucent paper that was very easy to cut & not very noticeable.
Well, you could try making today's violently-colored plastic ones into a "purposeful design element" at the bead edges -- or else try finding uncolored clear to translucent plastic straws. 

~~ Regarding waterproofing :

Not sure about this at all but I think that clear spray lacquer / varnish / whatever it is (it's in nearly every hardware or crafts store) reasonably water-resistant if not actually waterproof. Believe one well-known brand is Krylon.  Might be worth a try to spray a few finished beads & see.
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« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2005 08:41:04 PM »

Okay, I've been re-inspired to start making these again (and it absolutely is a "rainy day, watching TV craft"!), and I want to know if anyone seals the inside of them.

I have these visions of dunking them into sealer and letting it all drip off so that they're completely sealed all the way 'round.  Anyone tried it?  Or should I just dive in head first and try it out?

Any input would help tons!!

It's late, and I've been wondering...  How I can stay awake so long and miss so much...

« Reply #33 on: July 25, 2005 09:00:56 PM »

I have been making paper beads like crazy lately! I made some earrings and a couple of necklaces so far. They all were going to be sold for a fundraiser, but I really do like them way too much. I'll post pictures soon!

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« Reply #34 on: July 27, 2005 10:43:22 AM »

It's fun to make these from polymer clay too!... basically the same technique, but bake when done and no glue needed.
Here's some stuff from the Beads page at my website on "rolled" beads in clay:
( http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm )

You could make the clay fairly thin or thicker... roll the raw clay triangles on anything bakable (wood or metal toothpick, skewer, etc. ...twist off after baking... and gloss if desired)

rolled-up beads... like a straight "croissant"
... roll up a long skinny triangle (or blunt the pointed end) for one entire bead . . . .
CRUD... both of these seem to be gone now
....Heather's "roll up beads" at http://members.home.com/claythings/beads5.htm
....Cathy's example in necklace, (website gone)

Leigh's lesson on using a long leaf cane slice to roll up... she adds a cane slice of a flower over the end join

fancy rolled up beads (from Alison Ingham class)
 . . . (looks like they were made by texturing long skinny triangles of clay or having mottled appearance), indenting near the long edges of the triangles --and some indented inside that "frame" before rolling up; a glass or stone bead surrounded by ropes, etc., onlaid over the join; the whole thing antiqued --ancient looking)

Claude's lesson on making a oval-shaped bead by rolling the ends of a millefiori cane slice inward, then rolling the result into a smooth football shape

IF I recall correctly, the shorter the base & the longer the two "legs," the fatter/shorter the beads.  In other words, a long skinny triangle should make a short fat bead.

I think what Ayn means is that a "narrower" base (of the long triangle) will make a bead that's shorter in length ... and a long triangle will wrap around more times and give a fatter bead.

Also, one of the previous messages in this thread had a link to a site where they suggested dipping each paper triangle in diluted white glue, squeegeeing most of it off, then rolling it up (on a toothpick dipped in Vaseline) to create a waterproof bead.

As for making spacer beads this way, couldn't you just use a long rectangle strip of clay rather than a triangle, and make sure to roll it up evenly on the edges??

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« Reply #35 on: July 28, 2005 02:45:45 PM »

This is the earrings and the braclet I made from paper...

The paper was stationary paper I found at Everything's A Dollar

These are made from archie comics

« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2007 09:56:49 AM »

I use clear nailpolish to waterproof my beads. They seem to hold up pretty well  Smiley

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« Reply #37 on: January 06, 2007 05:21:14 PM »

the nailpolish will yellow and eventually eat away at the paper.  it is not acid free.  you really should use an acid free sealer.

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« Reply #38 on: January 06, 2007 06:02:35 PM »

What types of acid free sealer are there?

The directions I found told me to use clear nailpolish. 

« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2007 03:28:22 AM »

Oh I keep meaning to do these.  I will add it to the list of 547 things I have seen on this site that I want to try....lol
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