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Topic: Paper Bead Necklace in Blues and Pinks  (Read 1026 times)
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paper rose
« on: September 29, 2009 07:34:57 PM »

I made paper beads when I was a kid. After getting a magazine that I was rather unimpressed by, I decided to upcycle it by turning it into a necklace! Here's the result:







They took forever at first, but I've got the technique down now. Smiley
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strawberry_witch
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2009 07:52:16 PM »

How are you making your beads? I have just started making them myself and its a bit time consuming getting started. Once  I get it started its easy from there. I saw one person uses toothpicks, I was going to try that.

They look great by the way!
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paper rose
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009 06:27:28 PM »

Thanks! I have been cutting them with an exacto knife and ruler, then winding them around a toothpick and sealing with ModPodge. I brush ModPodge on the inside of the paper as I roll them up, too, for extra strength and durability. I've found that I can make one bead in under a minute now--it must've taken 5 minutes per bead when I was first starting!
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strawberry_witch
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2009 07:21:31 PM »

I have used the "toothpick" trick and its working great! Im getting faster at making beads. I will have to get some mod pog. Right now Im using just a glue stick and clear nail polish but these are just for me right now. I have to let out my creative side some how LOL
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paper rose
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009 06:23:23 PM »

Ah, I've never used nail polish. I use the matte ModPodge when rolling up the beads, then glossy ModPodge to coat the outsides.
Glad to hear that the toothpick trick is working well for you!
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