How-To’s / Tutorials

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

Color of Fall-Paper Bead Trade

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials, Paper Bead Creations | 6 comments

A few bead traders have already signed up for our Color Of Fall Paper Bead Trade, and I will leave this post open until Friday to  give a chance to those new visitors to our blog.  I will continue to update this post each day with new fall jewelry ideas and paper beads with fall colors. How does it work?  To make instructions easier to digest, here’s a little poem for you 🙂

Make Paper Beads of different size and shapes

with the color of fall

Twenty to Thirty should be plenty

You will then send it to me

To be stirred into a most colorful brew

A dash of orange, brown and yellow

It will look like a rainbow

It will then be sent back to you

In a pretty little bow

When you get your beads you can make it into a necklace or a bracelet, let your imagination take a flight!  Here is an example of bracelets, wire wrapped with gold swarovski crystals. These Golden Paper Bead Bracelets is just right in time for the holidays.

The finished paper bead jewelry would be multi colored and different shapes as it will show case the different beads from all the participants.  I always say this; paper beads jewelry can be elegant and I just treat paper beads as if it were real gems.  Here is an example of paper beads mixed with montana blue swarovski crystals.


Silver bead caps were put in between to hold the paper beads on its side.


Paper beads can be fun, elegant, chic and definitely wearable!


You still have until September 26th to join in the Paper Bead Trade – Fall Theme.  Just left me a comment here or email me.

Upcoming Post:  Video how to on Saucer Shapes

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Paper Bead Balls

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 5 comments

These little charm balls are so simple, to dangle as charms or as a connector.  The materials that you need:  head pins or eye pins, 6/0 seed beads, 4mm crystals and 5mm round paper beads.  Tools:  flush cutter and round nose pliers.

Paper Bead Ball

Here’s Kayla, showing us how:

This will look pretty to dangle on a chain or interconnecting each other as a necklace or bracelet.

Paper Bead Balls

I would certainly like to try using the olive shaped paper beads mix with round beads, I think that would look pretty also.

Paper Bead Balls

Upcoming Posts:  Necklace and Earrings using the Paper Bead Balls.

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Paper Play Sunday

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 3 comments

I had a most relaxing, fun-filled Sunday playing with paper.  I am sharing this with you so you can try it, and see for yourself how much fun it is!  I had so much left over craft paint from previous projects and just have to use them before they harden up and then I would not be able to use them anymore.  What I had in mind is just to put layers of paint on a piece of paper, magazine cover, brown paper bag whatever kind of paper that you want to re cycle and make them into paper beads.

First, I picked out a paper bag from an ice cream place, a friend visiting brought ice cream cake in this bag:

Paper Play

And no, I did not eat all the ice cream by myself although I am totally capable of doing that, in case you’re wondering it was butter pecan 🙂

Second, prepare your work space by covering it with old newspaper and tape it down so it does not move around as you work.

Paper Play Sunday

Reminder:  Do not discard the paper, save it for next time.  The more paint gets to it, the nicer it will look and can be used for other projects someday.

Third, gather your paint, glitters if you have some, stencils or stamps, tissue paper or paper towel (which is what I used), brushes and sponges.

Paper Play Sunday

Then let the fun begin……

Procedure (in a nutshell): cut the paper bag open and lay it on your table, paint it white or gesso if you have, brush watered down glue on the area you want the separated paper towel (or tissue) to go in,  paint it with layers of different colors (on top would be your dominant color), stencil or stamp with design if you like, paint glitter paint if that is the effect you like on your paper.

Voila! This will make nice scrap book pages or journal pages

Paper Play Sunday

I used these paint on it and stencil on the bottom part, I was too lazy to do it all over but I guess it came out better this way.

Paper Play

The ice cream bag was big enough, the small part of it that the paper towel did not cover, I painted it a different color, beige/pinkish tone.


This is about 36 inches (length of the ice cream bag cut open), and cut out three strip of triangles and made it into paper beads!


I imagine a brown paper bag would turn out just as nice.  So go ahead, play……….paint………have fun……


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Free-Flowing Wire Wrap

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 2 comments

I like anything free-form, don’t you?  There is free form embroidery, free form crochet…… implies freedom to do where your imagination takes you.  I like the word free flowing even better, it suggests spontaneity.  These last few days, I wire wrapped a lot of shells, taking some time off by the beach 🙂  I wanted to share with you how I did this and was hoping one video would do it.  Well, I ended up with three videos, I hate leaving a few things out, so here it is.

It is called a 4 wire, wire wrapped because you would be using four wires.  Some of the shells I painted them with glitter some, I left it in it’s natural color.

Free Form Wire Wrap

The materials you need: 28 gauge (small and lightweight like sea urchin), 26 gauge for most shells, 24 gauge for heavier objects.  A round nose pliers for curling the excess wire and a flush cutter.

You can put beads like pearls or paper beads which what I did in some of the shells I wrapped. The second part of the video is making the bail and finishing off the ends.

They are great for pendants and for me a good accompaniment with paper beads.  Why?  Paper beads look a lot like shells, don’t you think?

Free Form Wire Wrap

I had fun taking pictures of them by the beach, and this little guy almost got away from me, I had to fish it out of the water 🙂

Free Form Wire Wrap

One of the things I did that came out really nice is the ammonite, I don’t know if I can part with it.

Free Form Wire Wrap

I experimented and crocheted at the base of this turbo shell, and I just love also the lacy effect of the crocheted wire – for crochet, you need to use the 28 gauge wire.

Free Form Wire wrap

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