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« on: March 02, 2014 02:31:18 AM »

Does anyone have any ideas of materials and methods for making beads? I've used rolled paper to make them. What else can i re use to make clever beads?
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014 04:50:31 PM »

How about trying to make fiber beads? I have a lot of leftover yarns and string from other projects & use those scraps to wrap around paper beads & they're fun!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2014 01:42:46 AM »

If you have a dremel or drill/drillpress you could start making holes in anything small and neat!  Shells, parts of old silverware, bottle caps, itty bitty trinkets or toys, even rocks and tile if you get the right type of bits!  Cheesy 

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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014 10:22:44 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014 04:57:24 PM »

I almost forgot!   How about getting some of they shrinkable plastic - shrinkie dink stuff!   Draw or trace something, color it, hole punch, and heat up so it shrinks.   Search around some of he jewelry projects, here are some super cool charms or dangles people have made from this!

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2014 01:02:29 AM »

You can make beads out of plastic bottles. It's similar to making beads out of paper.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=396466.0#axzz2zmplPDFo




I made some beads using the tute in the first link, only I used acrylic paint instead of permanent markers.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285491.0;all#axzz2zmvpP9C8
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2014 06:09:18 AM »

You could make wire wrapped beads - either coiling or wrapping wire in and about itself, or incorporating other items and wrapping that with the wire - stringing other beads on, incorporating plastics or fibers, etc.  You could get small, fun molds like those for small candies or cake decorating, and start playing around with things like resin, polymer clay or resin clay, papier mache, paper clay, plaster to make formed beads - you can embed a hanger, or drill a hole afterwards.  Or you could hand form them from a variety of these materials.  You could embed items in many of them too, or incorporate colour with mica powders, glitter, dry or wet paints (in the material or after).  It would be fun just to experiment.

Small pieces of cut wood too - like cut discs of branches.  You could sand them, drill a hole, stain and finish them and leave them as is (they look great as buttons too), or paint small art decor on them, or decoupage images/stickers, etc, or wood burn them. 

Get inspiration from the hardware store - various nuts and bolts and other hardware can be used to make beads - leave as such and string or tie them creatively with twine, wire, or some other fiber.  Soft non-ferrous metals such as brass or copper can be etched or stamped.  They could have images added with various types of acrylic mediums or resin glazes.  Washers, cut pieces of pipe, or whatnot could be used to decorate on their own, or bezels to pour resin, or whatnot into.

There is a great tutorial on here for making beads from rose petals as well.
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