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lexbean
« on: February 12, 2006 11:48:57 AM »

This is my first time posting something I've made so I have no idea what I'm doing; hope it works. I made the beads from all different kinds of paper. Fun and cheap!!!

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moopii
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2006 11:54:29 AM »

hey that's really cool! i like it =)
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2006 12:31:22 PM »

That's a cute bracelet, I love the different colors!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2006 12:38:06 PM »

I LOVE IT! my cousin made a ton of bracelets and made them for me but i really like how you have alot of strands of them!! cute!
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2006 12:43:38 PM »

Wow! This is awesome! It looks professionally done!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2006 01:18:08 PM »

wow thanks guys Kiss after posting my first pic i got so excited that people in different parts of the world may see what i made and try it, like i've been doing with their beautiful work for so long! but the compliments make me feel so warm and fuzzy. on a side note, can i just say that i LOVE craftster for being such a supportive place, and i've decided to do more swapping and less giving handmade, time-consuming special gifts to friends who don't appreciate them. around here, we know how special this stuff is, right?  Cheesy

i wish i had a close up of a few of the beads so you could see how glossy they are. i got the idea from a book at the library, and the author recommends you start with the stick from a q-tip (only the hollow kind will work). that's how they are so durable and have such uniformity. they are really, really NOT waterproof, though. even varnished, it's still paper. water-resistant, maybe, but not proof. trust me, i learned the hard way. Cry
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Imacloud728
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2006 08:37:26 PM »

i LOVE paper beads.. but every time imake them, they come out liek crap. Yours are like.. perfect. Howd u do it?
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lexbean
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2006 08:50:19 PM »

Start with:
hollow, plastic q-tip barrels
long skinny triangles of magazine paper (easiest to work with, esp. to start)
glue stick (a must)
clear nail polish
something to dry them on, like dry spaghetti noodles or straightened paper clips

apply glue to back of the paper triangle
wrap around barrel, starting with fat end (if this is where you always get into trouble, you can start it with a little strip of tape)
wrap tightly, pulling the whole time
make sure pointy end is securely glued down.
fill the barrel with more beads.

put them on something to dry (i use straightened paper clips that rest on the edges of a small cardboard box) apply clear nail polish generously and let dry overnight.

good luck!
 
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Imacloud728
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2006 05:56:19 PM »

Thanks! I never thought of using a q tip thing =)
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Utopian
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2006 07:57:48 PM »

I was looking for instructions on this and it was right there! lol
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