Paper Beads...using Robin's Nest Papers.
I made these beads with my DD and a friend of hers a few weeks ago. It's so easy, even a 5th grader can make them. But, they are so pretty, you are going to be wearing yours often. In fact, I'm wearing mine as I type this! haha
thin skewer (The hole of your bead will be the diameter of your skewer.)
Robin's Nest paper (Here I used "Black and White Clock.")
extra bead, if you'd like some variety. Here I used red glass beads from Gutermann.
elastic beading cord (Typically I use gold, silver, or clear. Several options!)
scrap paper to protect your work surface
1. First, cut your paper into long, skinny triangles. They do not have to be a perfect point. These are 12 inches long. If you use shorter strips, you'll have a smaller bead. The base of the triangle is 3/8 - 1/2 inch thick. Again, I do not measure exactly.
2. Place the base of the triangle along the skewer. Roll the paper around the skewer to get a curve started. Then, roll your paper around the stick about 2 times.
3. Next, add modge podge along your triangle using a sponge brush. I would recommend sponging about 3 or 4 inches at a time. Start to roll the paper onto itself. (Note the scrap paper that I am working on...I'm a messy crafter!)
4. Continue to add modge podge along the tail as you roll the paper onto itself. It is okay if some of the glue squishes out. I use that extra to help seal it all in. You need to be sure that you don't get modge podge on the skewer. That can cause your bead to be glued onto the stick.
5. Slide down the first bead on the skewer. Start the process all over with additional beads.
6. You can put several paper beads on a skewer...or use several skewers. Just keep in mind that your skewers need to be the same thickness so that your holes are uniform. Rest your skewer on something so that the beads can dry without drying to a table top or paper. As the beads are drying, I periodically test to make sure I can twist them along the skewer. Also, I tend to make a couple of extra beads...just in case!
7. Then, add thin layers of modge podge to your beads. Wait for it to dry in between coats. Five coats is about right. Remember, modge podge comes in a variety of sheens, anywhere from glass to matte. Be sure to think about that when buying your extra beads.
|DD is my hand and wrist model!|
8. Now, the fun (and non-sticky) part begins...
Using the elastic beading cord, string your beads. I've made bracelets, necklaces and even rings!
Just think about that...and unique set of jewelry that can be created to coordinate any summer outfit! When you tie off your bracelet, use a square knot. (Right over left, left over right.) Then, wiggle your knot inside one of your paper beads to create a seamless looking bracelet.
For more information on the Robin's Nest Company, be sure to check out their blog, called Chattering Robins. Isn't that a sweet sounding name!