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« on: May 06, 2008 01:39:12 AM »

I wasn't quite sure where to put this, but since it's recycling newspapers I thought reconstructed would be best Smiley

I love these beads because they're very light to wear, but still chunky (just how I like them!). Beads are made from old newspapers, pva and paint. They're strung on black suede.

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I love how something so simple can be saved from the recycling box and made into something so organicly funky! What do you think? Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008 03:38:15 AM »

Thats awesome! It looks like little stones but of course not heavy like that. What a great idea, and very professional looking.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008 02:26:57 AM »

Thank you! My favourite part is that they look like stones of some kind...but don't weigh like them! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2008 11:40:36 AM »

woahh
really pretty
mind sharing how you did this?
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2008 12:31:04 PM »

Sure! It's basically newspaper pulp (similar to making hand made paper) which you get by tearing up newspaper and placing it in a pan with v hot water and leaving for 30 mins or so, agitating it to break it up. You can also put the mixture in a blender to get a smoother pulp, but I kinda like the rocky texture Cheesy

Then you drain most of the water from the mixture and form it into balls around a skewer. Press hard to squeeze more water out and ensure it stays together. Then take the bead off the skewer and put on a tray/plate/opened pizza box and leave to dry for a few days. I'm in Spain and they dried solid after being outside in the sun for a day and night.

Then leave them lumpy or sand them down with a little sandpaper until you're happy with the finish.

I used plain old acrylics to paint these. To get a dappled look paint the beads one colour and then use a sponge to add a second colour to some areas. Then use a cloth or kitchen paper to blot the colours a little. You can do as many layers as you like.

Hope that's clear! If not just ask, and I'll try to be clearer! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2008 12:43:28 PM »

Looks great!

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2008 07:25:27 AM »

OMG i knew u could do somthing like it but that is so cool because i never thought about painting them.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2008 09:00:00 AM »

is there a shorter proscess Huh Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2008 05:51:11 PM »

is there a shorter proscess Huh Cheesy

If you find one, let me know! Cheesy It's quite thereputic rolling up the balls, but you're definitely glad when you get to the last one Grin

Painting them up definitely makes them seem less papery, and you can get some great effects on them Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2008 10:53:43 AM »

orcanically funky is definitely a good way to phrase these, they're really neat! thanks for sharing, i might dig into my piles of newspaper now, see what i can create!!
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