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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

How To Make Paper Beads

Creating paper beads is a really easy and fun way of making your own jewellery.
With a little practice you can achieve very professional results without shelling out a fortune for equipment.

how to make paper beads

Things You Will Need

  •        Scraps of Paper
  •      Large Pair of Scissors
  •       A Piece of Thin Wire or Tooth Picks 
  •       Wood Glue or PVA
  •       Varnish or Clear Nail Polish
  •    A Small Brush

Top Tips

  • If you haven't got any craft paper you could create your own by decorating plain paper with felt tips. Plain white paper with multicoloured scribbles makes great beads! Recycling old newspaper can look very stylish too.

  • When varnishing it is a good idea to use metal wire rather than a toothpick so it doesn’t stick. You could even dip them whole into varnish if you prefer but be sure to allow all the excess varnish to drip off before setting aside to dry or you will end up with a clear blob hanging from the bottom of your bead.
  • If you are going to use nail polish it will dry incredibly fast, be sure to keep dipping the brush back into the pot so it doesn't dry out and get clumped. You may be surprised at how much nail polish you use to varnish paper beads. I would estimate the average bottle will varnish up to 500 beads.
  • To add a little extra sparkle try using iridescent nail varnish.

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