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gigiz
« 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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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2009 04:28:02 AM »

*steals idea....runs away giggling*

This is fantastic, and it looks so professional. Great work.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009 04:36:08 AM »

This is the 1st time I have ever seen a bracelet made like this.  How creative!!!  Love it! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2009 04:39:09 AM »

I dig this a lot!
Very nice and actually wearable Cheesy
I think that you work very organised and clean by the way!
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009 04:59:36 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!
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009 05:31:32 AM »

Oh my gosh--it's wonderful.
The beads are wonderful, the style is wonderful, the tute is wonderful.
I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2009 05:52:57 AM »

Daaahhling,  it's just lovely!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2009 07:11:26 AM »

You are really working carefully and you are explaining so well. when i look at your photos i can do it so easly. Thank you to share with us.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2009 07:21:26 AM »

lovely!! its very cool, i may hace to try this...cuff bracelets never fit me, my writsts are tiny!
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2009 08:52:23 AM »

Beautiful bracelet, and your tute is so clear and concise! Thanks!
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2009 09:09:48 AM »

I really love it!!! I wisted it, yeah!!
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2009 09:59:41 AM »

I like this!!
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« Reply #12 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!!
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2009 11:22:46 AM »

Lovely !!
I wanted to try this too, only I made a terrible mistake ...
I glued the strip and than place the toothpick on it ... so now it's dry and I can't get the paper of the toothpick *fool*
luckily I only made 2 Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2009 11:33:24 AM »

that's a very ingenious design.
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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2009 12:02:31 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.

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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2009 12:39:54 PM »

I used to make beads like this with my Nana  Cheesy Thanks for reminding me of that- I'm gonna go make some now!
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2009 04:57:02 PM »

oooh pretty! and clever. I like it!
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« Reply #18 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!
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2009 08:04:59 PM »

Very nice bracelet.. I like how wide it is!
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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2009 08:05:58 PM »

thank you for the tutorial beautiful job.
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« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2009 09:57:33 PM »

I learned how to make beads like this a LOOOONG time ago. But I never sealed them or put them together to make something so cool. I love this, I'm going to HAVE to try it now.
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2009 10:43:53 AM »

That's fab! Thanks for the great tute!
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« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2009 12:28:47 AM »

Love it. This is what I've always dreamed of for paper beads. Perfect.
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« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2009 04:15:10 AM »

Wow these are great!  I may have to try making these!
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« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2009 10:39:20 AM »

The cuff is so pretty.  You did a great job.
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« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2009 11:04:38 AM »

Thank you for the super nice compliments!!
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« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2009 02:16:36 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
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« Reply #28 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!
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« Reply #29 on: June 09, 2009 09:54:45 AM »

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« Reply #30 on: June 09, 2009 11:30:46 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
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« Reply #31 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
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« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2009 08:17:04 PM »

looks great! reminds me of jewelery i've gotten from http://www.beadforlife.com !
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« Reply #33 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!!
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« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2009 06:00:34 PM »

gigiz,

very PRO! like it. reminds me to try it sometime.... been thinking of doing something like this for AGES (like more than a decade) and have not actually done one yet!
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« Reply #35 on: June 14, 2009 01:02:44 PM »

wow, that is absolutely amazing! So creative Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: June 16, 2009 09:13:48 AM »

I gave you a "this rocks!"... because it truly does!

The first picture looked so complicated... Thanks for the tutorial!  Grin
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« Reply #37 on: June 17, 2009 03:58:27 PM »

That's lovely! As simple as it might be, it's great! I'll certainly do it   Cheesy I've got lots of magazines to rip. And, like another girl said, my wrists are thin as well. I really like bracelets, but it's hard to find one that does not slip away. Sometimes I take a look at the "kids/teens" section, but they're too childish... pink plastic and such. I'll make my own then!   Grin

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« Reply #38 on: July 02, 2009 11:24:56 AM »

*steals idea....runs away giggling*

This is fantastic, and it looks so professional. Great work.

stole my words..before i even saw this. hehe .. it does look great though!
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