How-To’s / Tutorials

Step-by-step tutorials about how to make custom paper beads and paper bead jewelry of all kinds!

Saucer Bead How-To

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 in How-To's / Tutorials | Comments Off on Saucer Bead How-To

It took me quite awhile to respond to all your requests for a Saucer Tutorial.  We were working on improving the technique to make it simple enough!  So, now it is finally here!!! I am excited myself:)  Amazing what few strips of paper can do.



The neat thing about it, you don’t need any tool to roll these babies, just strong fingers:) 

Ta dah!


A true conversation piece!


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Pumpkin and Spice

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 2 comments

…..and everything nice.  It is fun finding interesting patterns in a scrapbook paper and you wonder how would this look like rolled into paper beads?  Smaller prints would show up best in the finished bead like this scrap booking paper with a lattice design.  For those of you who already mastered cutting the paper in triangles, you can skip the 2nd image.


The paper itself is 12 x12, the triangles are 1/2 inch at the base and 12 inches long.  You can make the base 3/4 of an inch or one inch, depending on the size of the bead you want.


Kayla used the metal roller in rolling the beads and it came out really nice.


And the fun part?  Putting them together.  I think it will look really nice with these dyed mother of pearl rings.  They are very inexpensive even if they are from  mother of pearl and they are available in your local craft stores or bead stores.


We’ll see how they will turn out as necklace.

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Paper To Paper Bead Idea #4 – Poster Board

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 4 comments

Poster boards usually come in 22 x 28 size and they are great for making paper beads.  The fiber of the paper is strong and they make thick beads.  That being said, my Paper To Paper Bead Idea # 4 is white poster board.  I marked and cut the paper on it’s short end, with the measurement 1 cm by 22 inches long.  Part of the appeal of paper bead making is the unexpected out come, just like “a box of chocolates, you’ll never know what you’re going to get” right?


Triangle strips: 1 cm by 22 cm


I find the bamboo roller to work better with thicker paper because you can insert the strip of triangle in between the bamboo and then roll.


I was surprised of the outcome, it came out more like saucer shaped 5/8 of an inch in diameter.  I was hoping for a more round shape.


I love using nail polish for projects like bracelet and earrings because of the variety of colors and they always have fancy names, this particular nail color is “glass slippers” that just makes me smile.


I let it dry in front of an electric fan and coated it with Vibrance and let it dry again.  I brushed the glaze on instead of dipping it.


I made about 13 beads enough for a bracelet and maybe a pair of earrings.


It turned out really nice after all.  I took my beads into my studio and start looking for findings that will go well with it.  This is what I found, what do you think?


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Saturn’s Moons In Paper Beads

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 5 comments

I see how you like the Beads In Orbit bracelet, and some of you have decided to make this type of design for the bead trade.  Here’s is another example using three beading wire instead of two and I am calling it Saturn’s Moons in paper beads and a video tutorial of Kayla showing you how.


The video shows you how to make this bracelet using the two strand method.

Like I said on previous posts, I will continue to feature different designs to give you ideas and then we will decide (by vote!) which one we will be making for the trade on October 23rd.


I also like this style, it shows off the paper beads really well!  For the trade participants – wire and findings will be included in your kit so you don’t have to worry about that.  There is a catch though, you have to make your bracelet for the show and tell 🙂


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