23 September 2010 ~ 25 Comments

A Tutorial on Saucer Shapes

Is it a spacer or a saucer?  A button or a charm?  However you may call this saucer shaped bead it is versatile in its uses and most amazing thing of all it is made of paper!  Finally, here is the tutorial, it took awhile for my sister Joann to put a video together and I am writing out for you the instructions.

These instructions is for one large saucer bead which measures about 1 3/4 inch in diameter.

25 triangle strips ( 1/2 inch at the base and 17 inches long) – this is the first part of the bead

13 triangle strips (3/16 inch at the base and 17 inches long) – this the 2nd part of the beads

metal or bamboo roller

elmer’s glue or any white glue

You will hold the 25 triangle strips in your hand and roll the first 2 or 3 inches with a roller (how big your roller is will determine the hole of your bead).  You will continue rolling (you can take out the roller at this point), hold it tightly while doing it and glue the ends as you go as seen here.  After the first 25 strips are rolled and glued, you will then take the 13 strips and join it to where you ended the first round and do the same thing.  Here’s the rest of the instructions:


If you want to have a particular color in mind not the magazine colors you see above, you can paint them into different colors!


I would like for you to try it and then show me what you did, you can do so by emailing me photos and we can share it here.  Sunday, September 26th will be the last day for you to sign up for our Paper Bead Trade, you can do so by leaving me a comment here.


25 Responses to “A Tutorial on Saucer Shapes”

  1. Jumijumi 13 March 2012 at 3:45 am Permalink


  2. Anita 3 March 2012 at 9:38 pm Permalink

    Wow, I never noticed this was on the site before. I was looking at the video and wanted to know the measurements. I’m glad I checked here. Thank you.

  3. Vickie 20 February 2012 at 5:56 am Permalink

    I was wondering how she gets the second set of strips to stick so easily. Are they pre glued or have tape on them? I’m going to give these a try! Thanks!

  4. semajrn 11 January 2012 at 2:34 pm Permalink

    Thank you for this video, but, I really could not see exactly what position all the strips were in as you were connecting them, and that includes the second set of strips too. Can you recommend a video that is easier to see exactly what is being done? I want to make smaller saucer beads.

  5. joanne Allan 31 October 2011 at 5:13 am Permalink

    The saucer beads are so lovely and joann makes it look so easy> I did try but mine came out like a large cone, so I am practicing and I will keep on practicing until I can make one. I love all your new designs they are so pretty I have made some myself and hopefully when my camera is fixed I will upload them to your site. I have made so many bracellets and necklaces and one charm bracelet that I cannot bear to sale to my friends as there so lovely,do you ever have this problem? love paper beads from jox

  6. Andaira 4 October 2011 at 2:04 am Permalink

    Gracias, gracias y gracias.
    No veía la manera de cómo hacerlo.
    Gracias de nuevo

    Thank you, thank you and thank you.
    I did not know how to do it
    Thanks again

  7. ana valles 19 August 2011 at 9:13 pm Permalink

    you have no idea how long it took me to find this!!!!
    I’VE BEEN LOOKING EVERYWHERE! abd I couldn’t figure it out on my own I tried soooo many things!
    its amazing! your job is beautiful!! I admire you so so so much!!!
    i will send you a picture of my final paper bead

  8. papelhilo 21 February 2011 at 2:55 pm Permalink

    I have just tried and made some saucer beads, you can see them here :

    and you will see the red beads i made for the swap, too !

  9. Jane McBride 2 February 2011 at 2:04 pm Permalink

    Oh My! These are so beautiful. I tried to make one before I saw that there was a tutorial, and I must say, It wasn’t very pretty. But now I can try it again and see what I come up with.

    Thank you so much for this video, it’s a lot of help.

  10. Deb 27 September 2010 at 4:01 pm Permalink

    Hi Janice,

    Can’t wait to see that “zine” that you’re putting together.

  11. Sharon McDonough 26 September 2010 at 7:31 pm Permalink

    Lovely I love the various shapes and colors.Is there a book that is a how-to for different kinds and shapes?

    • JaniceMae 26 September 2010 at 8:54 pm Permalink

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for visiting, I am working on a “zine” that will have how-to’s and inspirations and fun inserts. Janice

  12. Dcomme/Bricolente 25 September 2010 at 4:38 pm Permalink

    Oh ! Merci ! Je ne comprenais pas comment on faisait ces perles.
    Thank you so much !

  13. Ashley Pun 25 September 2010 at 4:29 pm Permalink

    I just got my Vibrance I ordered! I can’t wait to start making paper beads! I will try this.

  14. Gisela 25 September 2010 at 3:13 pm Permalink

    Those are so beautiful. On the video it looks so easy and effortless. When I try it it does not come out anywhere near as nice. In fact, I am fighting with all the strips to try to keep them under control. In the end they mostly won. Well done!

  15. Cathy 25 September 2010 at 9:49 am Permalink

    Very impressive! It amazes me how many ways there are to roll a bead! Great video!

  16. Ashley Pun 24 September 2010 at 7:16 am Permalink

    Beautiful! I have to try this!

  17. Deb 24 September 2010 at 6:34 am Permalink

    Wow! Thank You So Much for showing us how to do this Janice! Big hugs to you Joann for making this video for all of us! Also the girl in the video sure looks so pretty too. By the way, what type of paint did you use?

    • JaniceMae 24 September 2010 at 9:01 am Permalink

      Hi Deb,

      The girl on the video is Junise, she is my sister’s step-daughter and she is an expert in making paper beads of all kinds! I think she uses acrylic paint. Janice

  18. Kathy 24 September 2010 at 6:27 am Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this. All of you make it look so easy in the videos and I am all thumbs!! One question – in order to get trinagles 17 inches long are you first gluing magazine pages together before cutting the triangles?

    • JaniceMae 24 September 2010 at 8:58 am Permalink


      They have the heavy duty cutter that cuts like a ream of paper. I think you can cut four pages at a time with a cutter and apply a little glue to the edges (just the edge of the base) to keep them together. Janice

  19. Damocamelia 24 September 2010 at 6:12 am Permalink

    They just are amaaaaaaazing!

  20. papelhilo 24 September 2010 at 5:38 am Permalink

    thank you thank you thank you !!! i love these beads and i just can’t wait to try !

  21. Sanja 24 September 2010 at 3:57 am Permalink

    Wow, this beads are awesome!

  22. Donna 24 September 2010 at 3:25 am Permalink

    Love the video and the music! I can’t believe how simple she made it appear. The saucer beads are awesome!