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Topic: Bowlful of Beads ~great way to recycle those magazines~  (Read 7079 times)
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« on: September 08, 2008 02:06:59 PM »

I decided in a recent go green swap to make a huge set of magazine beads.  I always have tons of magazines piled around (I'm a sort of magazine junkie).  I always imagine they will come in useful, and now they have. Grin

The Bowl of Beads (I reused a plastic bowl some yummy watermelon came in)


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I love how colorful they turned out.  Now, I just need to make myself a bowlful!

My best friend while making these beads was my paper cutter.
Thank you dear paper cutter!   Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 02:17:21 PM »

that is such a cool idea. i love it  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008 02:20:46 PM »

very nice... love the way the colors stand out....good going green
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008 05:28:32 PM »

Wow that project is so creative Tongue
and an awesome way to make good use of magazines =)

I love the mix of colors as well.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008 07:30:15 PM »

oh neat! i've never seen that before...that's awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 06:35:12 PM »

These are fun! I used to have a bead-making "machine" as a kid. Basically it was just a craft kit that had a contraption to help curl the paper tightly. I might have to see if my mom still has this...
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2008 06:09:55 PM »

I love making paper beads, but lordy, lordy, do I hate sealing them.  I would PAY someone to do that. That's why I don't make paper beads...it actually is relaxing to me to roll them but as I said, the sealing, I hate.

The colors of yours all together...scrumptious!!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2008 03:37:24 PM »

I also love making paper beads! My mum taught me a while ago and I went nuts with it.
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2008 12:17:36 PM »

Love the variety of colors.  What do you use to keep them together?  Is there a particular glue that works better than others?
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2008 09:23:39 AM »

I'm not the original poster, but I too make paper beads. I use Mod Podge to seal the ends as I'm rolling them up (I use metal skewers because the glue doesn't stick to them), and after another coat of Mod Podge after 24 hours or so, I give them a coat of clear spray paint to keep them from sticking to each other.
The basic bead is cut out of a long skinny triangle of paper, but you can get interesting effects with a long rectangle with a triangle cut out of the end, sort of like a long skinny two-pronged fork.
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