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« on: April 22, 2011 09:12:32 PM »

Paper Beads of a Thousand Cuts

I found making paper beads to be so relaxing and meditative, from the cutting the strips to rolling the beads.  But I also have a hard time leaving things well enough alone.  Thus came the Paper Beads of a Thousand Cuts.

First (and if anyone has a better way of doing this, I'd love to hear your ideas!) I layered sheets of Joss Paper that I bought at a local Asian grocery store by watering down plain white craft glue and brushing each sheet as I set them atop one another.  It's thinner than construction paper and thicker than tissue paper.  I've been playing with are using construction paper but the sheets dont adhere as well to each other with the above gluing technique.  If it ever gets warm enough around here (so I can do it outside) and I figure out a way to go with without creating a disaster, I want to try spray adhesive.

Once the layered sheets are dry, I form the beads as they usually are formed but glue along the coil rather than just the last few inches.  For this to work, the layers need to stay glued to each other throughout the whole bead.

Once the formed beads are dry, I smooth out the bead by cutting just a touch more than the ridge edges.  (And that is how these beads got their name I was so excited to try this that I didnt use the right kind of blade and carved the way you shouldnt carve.  When I shampooed my hair the next morning, I discovered rather painfully how badly I had shredded my thumb.)
As you carve the bead, the layers of colored papers show through and the striations come through.  Be sure to seal the bead well.  I liked the effect of Mod Podge Hard Coat the best but a matte clear nail polish was also fun.
     
unsealed                            Mod Podge                          Matte polish
 
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011 09:58:35 PM »

Stunning results! The smooth surface is a big improvement on the basic style, and the marbled look of them is just...wow. I really like that you showed the 3 different finishes, too.
I wonder what would happen if, instead of cutting, you used a Dremel tool to sand away at the bead surface, on a very low speed.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2011 01:19:54 AM »

amazing, really lovely effects
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2011 07:03:18 AM »

this is a great twist to the usual method.  they turned out amazing!  definitely gonna try this out.  thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2011 01:31:37 PM »

Thank you for posting this! I tried to use a dremel on the regular paper beads a few months back. While the look intrigued me, all I could come up with was white and grey beads. This is a fantastic improvement in colors! I will definitely be trying this!
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2011 07:50:47 PM »

I thought about using a dremel but figured that the edged would end up more mushed rather than cut cleanly.  I want to try this on a hair stick next.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2011 08:56:59 PM »

Gorgeous! I will have to try this Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2011 10:19:42 PM »

I love these!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011 08:12:27 PM »

This is a really great idea. I took scrapbook paper and used that. Do you think if I layered that that it would work with your suggestions? Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011 08:20:58 PM »

I think it would.  I think the trick it to not use thin paper so there's enough "depth" to show the color.  I'd love to see how yours work out!
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011 10:45:38 PM »

I love the way these look. Thank you so much for sharing.
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011 06:39:38 PM »

I think it would.  I think the trick it to not use thin paper so there's enough "depth" to show the color.  I'd love to see how yours work out!

Will post pics when I've finished one. After checking my other replies I will try one out! Thanks for getting back so quickly!
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2011 07:41:43 PM »

Yea this doesn't work like I thought it would. I started to carve and the paper didn't look anything like yours. I'm carving the paper but it has no colors showing. Do I need to carve more? I'll try that.
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2011 07:48:23 PM »

hhhmmmm... Maybe if the core of the paper is white, there isn't enough color to show up?  I had tried doing this with wall paper and it didn't work.
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2011 06:37:56 PM »

Do I need a really sharp knife? Mine wasn't, it looked like the paper was being torn and not anything like what yours looked like. Could that be it?
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2011 11:11:53 AM »

Yes, the blade has to be really sharp.

I tried some using double sided tape which is my preferred "glue" but couldn't get a sharp cut through the adhesive.  I also had to make sure that the liquid glue was completely dry before I tried cutting.
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« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2011 07:42:21 PM »

Hi there,
Those are absolutely gorgeous, and what an innovative idea! I've seen something similar with polymer clay beads, but never with paper beads. I was wondering -- what would happen if you carved regular paper beads, without layering the papers first? Have you ever tried that? Also, when you did the layered papers, did you just lay them on top of each other evenly, or did you partially layer them, end-to-end?

Again, beautiful work.
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« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2011 07:59:42 PM »

I'm not sure what would happen with regular paper beads.  Because the cutting exposes the edges of the sheets, if the sheets are all the same or are just one sheet thick, there isn't enough there to be noticeable.  But I could be totally wrong too!  I'm a bit overdosed on jewelry today since I just did a show, but I'd say that the best way to find out is to try it!

I did layer the pages evenly on top of each other.

In the line of these beads, I'm wondering if you'd get a similar effect if you layered different colors of nail polish and cut into those.
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2012 02:05:28 PM »

These are so beautiful! I don't know the first thing about paper crafts, and I would never have guessed that these were made from paper. Gorgeous!
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« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2012 10:07:31 PM »

Congratulations MunLtStmpr!!!! Very well deserved. You took an idea and took it one step further And a great tute!!!! Again, thanks for sharing with us! These are really cool!
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I'm crazy about paper beads lately, so thanks for the tut! This is a must for me now! Smiley
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