How-To’s / Tutorials

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

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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Paper Beads Out Of Zentangles

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 9 comments

This is a follow-up on yesterday’s post on zentangles.  It is another way to make paper beads, this time not the usual magazine pages but from a doodled page.  First, I doodled on a long bond paper, this would come out different if you will use a heavier paper like construction paper.  Then, I cut them up into strips and rolled them into paper beads using the metal paper bead roller.


The measurement for the triangles is 1/2 inch at the base and 14 inches long, the size of a long bond paper.


Here’s the video……

They look like spotted eggs, don’t you think?


I think this can be made into a guys necklace with black beads.


Perfect jewelry to go with the black and white outfit!


And the fun part, is turning it into wearable art 🙂  Another day of turning the ordinary to extraordinary.

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How Cone Shapes Are Made

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 6 comments

Here’s the tutorial on how to make cone shaped paper beads as promised 🙂  One might think that you cut the paper differently………it is cut exactly the same way as you would your regular triangle strip of paper.  The trick is pushing the bottom part of the paper bead towards the center, as shown in this video!  So, let’s get ready with your magazine pages, yard stick or a long straight edge wood (I used to measure with a plank of wood left over from a remodel I did in my dining room).  You can use a heavier card stock paper like this used poster for example;


I did the measurements on the back of the poster; the base is 1/2 inch and the triangles will look like this before you cut them up:


Then you cut them up into strips, you can use scissors or exacto knife


And then you start rolling as shown here:

An then you let them dry on tooth picks and take pictures 🙂


And the fun part, making them into jewelry, that would have to be another day.


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Cha-Cha Bracelet in Paper Beads

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 3 comments

This cha-cha bracelet finding has been sitting on my desk for quite sometime now, when Kayla C. finally decided to do something with it to match our Sea Anemone Ring.  You just need to be patient making all those dangles and connecting them to the loops on the bracelet, the finished bracelet,  is all worth it!  Kayla, used the small round paper beads and opal colored fire polished crystals.


Here’s Kayla with a video on how she attached the dangles to the bracelet finding.

It is a perfect match to our Sea Anemone Ring



Winner for the paper bead lucky charm bracelet  is Amy, and strand of green paper beads goes to Elim and Eveline.  Please email your addresses guys!

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