List of items needed to get started:
- Paper- the smaller the design on the paper often the better.
But this all depends on what you are wanting to do.
It is fun to see what you can get from different styles.
- Some type of sealer- I use regular Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre for a
few coats and then the last coat I use Mod Podge Outdoor
to make it water proof.
- Paper Roller- there are a lot of options out there for rollers. Mine
came with my kit from Klutz and you can order
replacement rollers there. I recently found a wonderful
beautiful selection of handmade rollers I will talk
more about her rollers when I get to that part of the instructions!!
- Various Sizes of Paint brushes
- Tooth Picks
- Small piece of styrofoam or foam board - this will be to put your
beads on their tooth picks to dry.
- Old Wet Wash Cloth- I have a wash cloth that is specifically for
when I make paper beads. Your fingers will get mod podge
on them and it is nice to have something near by to clean
First you will need some Templates. You can use a card stock to draw out pieces that you will use to trace. There are templates on the web that I have found. Or you can use a ruler and draw out your lines. I often do both. The size and shape of your beads all depends on you and what you like.
I have found there are a few styles I like. First is a little bead and it comes from a strip of paper that is 1/4" wide and approx. 5-7" long. This style is easiest to make with a ruler and you don't have to do a 1/4" you can make it as wide as you want. I also have a bead that is 1/2".
The next shape I am very found of is a long triangular piece. I have a template for this one, as shown above, but once again you can use a ruler as well. You can make any number of different triangle sizes! With my triangle beads I roll the strip right down the center and this is wonderful for showing different colors and designs on the paper. I have also rolled the strip down the side which makes a more cone like shape! I love this one for earrings!
I have not done a circular bead but I have seen them. There are also hour glass shaped templates I have found on the web!
Once you have chosen what type of shape you would like and have cut out your papers you will need your roller!
Or you can type paper roller into the Ebay
search engine. BUT you will get a much
better deal at her blog site. She
includes instructions for making paper
beads with your purchase.
Rolling Your Bead
Now you choose the paper bead you want to make and you slide the paper into the roller.