ArtFire Monday, November 17, 2008


-Crafting glue
-Petroleum jelly
-Damp rag
-Decorative paper
-Acrylic paints
-Wire or necklace string
-Floral Foam

Start by arranging your decorative paper into two inch wide triangular strips no more than 11 inches long. Each piece will become an individual bead, so only cut as many strips you want beads. Cut out just the pointy tip of each strip.
This is when the fun begins and things start to get messy! Coat your fingers in craft glue, and then smother each strip of paper in glue. Quickly clean your hands off with your damp rag before moving on.
There’s the tricky part. Dip one end of a toothpick in your petroleum jelly to keep the glue form sticking to the wood. Beginning at the thick end of your strip of paper, very tightly curl the paper around the toothpick. The glue should hold it in place, but if it starts to unwind, coat the outer layer with more glue! When you’re done, Bring out the floral foam and stick in the unused tip of the toothpick so it can dry. Repeat for all remaining triangular strips of paper.
Let your beads dry before adding the finishing touches. Using the acrylic paints, add some fun and unique designs to your beads. Give them a minute to dry before covering them with glaze.
Once everything has had time to dry, make your handmade beads into a fun necklace, bracelet, or anklet for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry!
Remember to buy handmade this holiday season!


CT said...

Oh so only I had time!! - CT

cconnerly said...

I just wanted to let you know that I made and photographed the beads in the photograph on your blog. I've been making paper beads for more than 20 years and teach workshops at String Bead in Chico, California. My website is

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Thanks a ton it was a wonderful support, now to make handmade beads is without a doubt very easy with your tips. Thank you

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sam said...

Kinda cheesy, Artfire, to rip off someone else's photograph.