Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tutorial: Basics on making paper beads

Yay! I've finally finished prepping, taking pictures, and put it all together and therefore can post my tutorial now!
I will show you the basics of making 5 of my favorite bead shapes.
The first is my generic oval(ish) shape, i've already posted pictures of these - the blue ones, and how they look on a bracelet. So here we go!

Step 1) Measure out and draw lines on piece of paper (I used newspaper)

From left to right, 1/2" bottom x3, 1", 1/2", 3/4"
On the top I measured 1/8" from the side (will be discarded), the smallest ones are 1/4"
then 1" and 1/2"

Step 2) Cut it all out! So just follow the lines, and cut out the strips, it'll basically look like this

They are all mixed up here..didn't think of putting them
in order really!

Now that everything is cut out and prepped you need to get some glue, and something long and thin, I use those plastic coffee stirrers that I cut in half down the middle.

Starting with my generic "oval" shape
Take one of the pieces that have a 1/2" base and 1/4" top (seen on the left of first picture)
So you have to put glue on it, but start from about an inch from the end so that it doesn't stick to the coffee stirrer.

See? Glue about one inch from the end!

Then you have to roll the un-glued end on the coffee stirrer

I find to get the tightest roll, it's easiest to leave a bit of an overhang

And then you roll it up! Make sure it's tight and doesn't slide around
it'll make the rest of the process a lot easier

At this point you can just roll it all the way to the end of the piece of paper and make sure to secure it with glue

If you keep it pretty straight, it will look like this, make sure to glue the end down
don't worry about making it perfect!
Once you get to the end of that first one, you start with the second piece with a base of 1/4" and that ends in a point, roll that up and you'll be done!

Rolling the second piece


So the technique is always the same no matter the shape but I will give some more examples just to PROVE to you that I'm not lying!

So this is probably the easiest one to make, it's just 1/2" on each end
and rolled straight..simple, done!

This is a cone one (made from the right angle triangle strip of paper)
It's a subtle cone but if you made the triangle longer it will be more defined

This is probably one of my favorites because it's just SUPER funky
It's made with the piece of paper that has the two pointy peaks

Might as well show a picture! This is the one that makes the bead that looks like
one of those sand timer things...can't think of the real name!

The last step for all of the beads is to VARNISH!!!!

I use mod podge, the glossy one and just lather it on each bead, this is why it's good to have the beads on those coffee stirrers. You can leave them on, put some mod podge and let it sit on a bowl or dish so that the beads do not touch anything.
I usually put two coats of mod podge and one coat of nail lacquer.
I feel like at this point they are hard enough to use. Although with any bead that is thinner, I suggest an extra layer of each!

Tad um!

*Any other varnish can be used if you don't have the ones I mentioned

Oh and another *
**If you leave the side of the paper with the pen lines you will see the lines in the finished bead ( see my other post on blue newspaper beads. The ones that I made in this post have the lines on the bottom side so you don't see them that much.

I think that's it!
Enjoy experimenting with paper beads!
Buh byeee!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tutorial on paper beads

So a classmate of mine is going to Uganda in the summer and was curious about how I make my paper beads and would like to learn how. Apparently they make paper beads there and when she goes she would like to make paper bead bracelets and necklaces with them and needs my help to be prepared so she doesn't look like a n00b (aka have no idea what to do)!
So I thought it would definitely be a good time to take some pictures while I show her how to make some stuff and post it on here as a tutorial so you guys (who ever you are...if you exist) can follow along and maybe learn something as well!!
So paper bead tutorial to follow!!!

Oh and i've blamed my loss of productivity and motivation on all the over whelming ideas I have swimming around in my head so I decided to write everything down, put each idea separately in a hat or bucket or something and then pick something new as a challenge for each week (ideally).

So lots of new and fun stuff, hopefully with lots of pictures if I remember and more tutorials to come!!!