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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.
     
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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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