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« on: May 31, 2004 04:47:29 PM »

it's been a while i've been thinking of making a bead curtain but the beads are a little too expensive to buy (if i want enough for the curtain). So I wanted to ask you guys ideas for a curtain which would use objects less expensive than pearls but that would give the same effect. if you don't know what i mean with "bead curtain" just look at the image.

or if you don't see the image, go there : http://www.fozzilinymoo.org/Fozzolog/images/20020831-closet_beads.640x480.jpg

ale ... ps. sorry for my sucky english :s
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2004 06:09:30 PM »

What about paper beads?  Not real sure of the specifics as I have never done them.  I think they are made from triangle shaped pieces of paper (sometimes magazines or newspapers) and then rolled up.  Then they can be painted.  They are kind of long (1 1/2 -2 inch) cylinders.  I have seen these really pretty ones painted with hula girls although I'm pretty sure they weren't paper.  It could be done though.  If you have the patience.  Wink

I didn't look at where you live, but if you live near the coast you could use small sea shells.

Also I bought some once from Target that were made from thin plastic (thickness of stencil plastic).  They were cut into circles within circles if that makes sense.  I thought they were pretty cool.   
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2004 06:42:22 PM »

You can make beads out of paper...What you do is cut a long equilateral triangle out of magazine pages or decorative paper.  The longer it is in relation to it's width, the more compact the beads will be.  Roll it tight, starting at the wide end.  Depending on the paper, you can coat the top side with decoupage glue before rolling; but make sure you leave a bit without glue at the wide end.  When the beads are all done, you can lacquer them.  They should have a hole in the center for stringing.  Use thin vellum for a transluscent effect; mix mica powder into the lacquer for irridescence.  This would be very cheap.  You would probably want to tie washers or stones to the bottom, however, since the paper beads won't have the same kind of weight as regular beads would have. 

Another option would be to use the glass globs you buy in the florist department, and glue them to whatever you use for the strings.   I'm not sure exactly how you would do that; perhaps glue them to jump rings (or paper clips).  I think this would be structurally weak, and probably just as expensive as buying beads. 

Finally, you could look for cheaper beads on ebay.  Sometimes you can run across a windfall.  Of course, in my experience, what with shipping costs, finding things like that for cheap on ebay is a bit of a long shot. 

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2004 05:22:09 PM »

You could use long pieces of ribbon or fabric with some sort of weight at the end.

« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2004 08:01:03 PM »

Thanks for all the ideas.
I chose doing the paper beads. Iy's turning out really well. I'm gonna post some pictures of all the work in about 2 weeks, I think I'll be half-way done. It's gonna be very long to do all the beads cause I will need about 30 "stripes" and each stripes uses maybe 70 beads ... but I'm getting help from friends.

Thanks again,
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2004 06:36:47 PM »

I can't wait to see the finished result!  Making paper beads can be a bit time consuming, but it can also be a relaxing, meditative endeavor, too.  And also a good excuse to sit around watching movies while you work.  What sort of paper are you using? 

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2004 05:11:44 PM »

i'm using magazine paper. that way i have colourfull beads and don't need to buy more paper cause i got hundreds of magazines.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2004 02:46:40 PM »

wow! i've been wanting to make a paper beaded curtain for a long time! can't wait to see how yours turns out. are you going to varnish the beads at all?

one more idea for cheap bead sources, in case anyone is cruising this thread for inspiration: before and after christmas, garlands of beaded strings go on sale and you can get hundreds of meters for a few dollars at places like walmart and dollar stores. you can cut them into lengths to hang as a curtain, or mix them with other strands to bulk out a curtain you're making.

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2004 02:33:07 PM »

Are the paper beads turning out to have enough weight to make the curtain hang right and not get tangled? Or are your putting a different, heavier kind of bead on the bottom? I've been wanting to make a paper bead curtain but am afraid it would be all tangled and weird and my husband would beg me to destroy it.

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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2004 04:39:28 PM »

I saw one at a friend's house that was made out of paper beads that she used cheapo fishing lure weights in the middle of the beads and used cut-up colored straws along with the paper beads...it looked great!
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