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« on: March 29, 2012 10:24:07 AM »

I'm taking an Artist Book class and this assignment was to construct something that does not look like a traditional book. I have an old copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare and I made paper beads out of the pages.

The chain is from a coworker who used to bellydance and brought in some costume jewlery for me to paw through. I also ordered some charms online: a fairy, mermaid, chess piece (king), goblet, skull, heart, quill, castle, fleur de lis, and skeleton key. Joanns was having a sale on jewlery supplies so I bought some green glass beads with leaves and flowers on them. The clasp is magnetic and 2 halves of a leaf.

The paper beads were glued and rolled and then varnished. I tied them on with bookbinder's waxed linen thread and then trimmed and frayed the ends (like we are supposed to do in bookmaking).

I turn it in tonight.

There is one small problem, the bulk from the paper beads is making this too tight to get on my wrist. I'm not going to mention that tonight.

Closeups of the charms:

fairy, crown, heart

castle, skull

castle, heart, goblet

quill, key

leaf, mermaid, fleur

mermaid, chess piece
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012 10:50:26 AM »

Absolutely awesome creativity for a non book book! If you DO want to be able to wear it though, you could make a few jumprings out of some wire and add them to the ends before the clasp. If it's a close fit, it shouldn't take too many rings to add enough length. But, in all, I love it!!

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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012 11:09:26 AM »

It's fabulous, I love it! So creative, and I love the way those pages look as beads.

« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012 11:55:44 AM »

That is beautiful! I keep saying I need to try paper beads. You did a great job. I love the beads at the end of the paper beads, it adds nice color to the book beads.


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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012 12:15:33 PM »

This is pretty unique and cool! You should for sure find a way to wear it. What a conversation starter.

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012 01:51:35 PM »

Great idea! I hope your prof is impressed with your out-of-the-box thinking! i really like the detail of the frayed thread.

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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2012 06:27:57 AM »

Oh, the old English major in me just loves this! And the jewelry hoarder in me is pretty crazy about it too. Grin

« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012 08:22:31 AM »

This'a a very cool idea!

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2012 03:04:06 AM »

I see u can actually read the words on the beads. Wow i'm so impressed.  Thx for sharing!
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