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Tailte
« on: February 27, 2011 01:07:41 AM »


I've just been loving the paper beads people have been making on here, so I decided I'd try it. And I love it! It's so addictive. But I'll tell you what, my thumbs are sore from rolling them.  Tongue

I've been making these out of old magazines I bought from the op-shop. I don't read magazines myself but I've asked around and a couple of people are happy to donate some to me. haha







They're on the toothpicks because they're drying, I coated them with two layers of mod podge glossy and I might add another one. I started using clear nail polish to varnish them, and while I liked the look more than the mod podge, I couldn't stand the smell and it gave me a headache. The mod podge also seems to be drying a little bit tacky, whereas the nail polish was smooth and hard. Oh well, I'll just have to see how it goes.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2011 01:44:03 AM »

Lovely!

Spring is on it's way, so soon you can take the beads outside for some fresh air to hopefully help with your headaches.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011 02:32:48 AM »

Ah, if only. It's summer here so it's too hot outside, and soon it will be too cold.   Sad
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2011 04:54:39 AM »

Those look great, and the colour scheme is very classy. Nail polish as glaze is very clever, as any of those water-based finishes like Mod Podge will remain slightly adhesive, don't dry absolutely clear, and are never as super-shiny as lacquer. Personally, it's nail polish that gives me a headache, but we're each wired differently!

What do you think you'll do with your finished beads? I like the ones people have been showing here too, but I just don't know what I'd do with them once they were made!

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2011 05:12:24 AM »

Fun! No wonder your little fingers are sore! That looks just like my dining err, craft room table. I make tons of paper beads, but I have NO idea what I'm gonna use them for!  They ARE so addictive and so easy to make! I made some with glitter Mod Podge...so cute! Yours look amazing..can't wait to see what you decide to do with them!
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2011 05:40:42 AM »

I used to love making paper beads from magazines, the colors were so varried that each bead was unique.  Try a spray shellac, of course that has to be done outside, but it goes quickly and should dry shiny and not tacky, I do that to alot of my paper mache projects.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2011 09:27:26 AM »

Could you do the last coat as the nail polish so it get's the final coat as a hard finish?
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2011 02:39:06 PM »

Thanks for the replies. Sorry if it wasn't clear, but it IS the nail polish that gives me a headache. A spray shellac would give me one too I'm sure. I have found a water based sealer thing that says it dries hard, so I'm going to try that and see how it goes.
I'm going to have a go at making these into jewellery, with wire wrapping and stuff, which I've never done before. I think I'll try some simple earrings first.
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011 08:30:27 PM »

Finally, something useful! I have been asking everyone that I could find what type of paper they were using. Not only was that answered but you also helped me to decide wither to use nail polish/mod podge! Thanks again!
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