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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Paper bead necklace completed for neighbor on: July 20, 2013 07:58:00 PM

Made this necklace as a gift for our next door neighbor.  She works very hard, and has two children to care for as well.
None the less, she has been kind enough to take our garbage bags down the 65 steps from our condo and go across
the street to put them in the dumpster.  She does this because she knows both my husband and myself are physically
unable to do much.  I can only walk or stand for 5 to 7 min at a time or my legs collapse on me.  My husband has many
ailments and is also undergoing chemo therapy for cancer.  So for our neighbor to show such kindness is very much

Made each bead of this necklace by cutting the paper in patterned strips, rolling and gluing, then varnishing each bead
with 3 coats of varnish.  Then decided on a design, strung and added the jewelry clasps.  In the picture haven't yet
put the thread back thru the beads after tying them off, and then sealing the thread off.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Making beads from plastic bottles on: July 15, 2013 08:59:26 PM
Instead of making just one bead at a time this way.  After rolling the plastic, tie with ribbon or rope that will survive 350 degree heat.  Put on something in baking pan that won't cause the plastic to stick if you use to much heat.   Put in oven and heat no more then 300 to 350 F - watch as in check every few minutes on plastic till they shrink and are ready to be untied as beads.   In Sahara Africa, women cut the plastic bottles into strips, tie with ribbons and bury in the sand early in the morning.  They let them lie there all day and unbury then at night.  By that time they remove the ribbons and the sand has not only made the rolled plastic strips into beads, but has given them a nice golden color from the sand.  You can as such also put your rolled plastic tied with ribbon into a box with sand and let it sit in very hot sun for the full day (like a solar oven - in a box but with sand) and have the same results. 

Have also seen people put decorated paper into the strips of plastic before rolling instead of using ink or colors, and the beads come out nicely as well.
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