I get emails from paper bead enthusiasts on how to achieve a more round paper beads. So, here it is a vlog I think would explain it best plus a few photos. Materials are: metal roller or bamboo roller (either one can be purchased at aubreysbeads), Judikin’s Diamond Glaze but you can also use any decoupage medium or mod podge and glossy magazines or catalogs. Tip: Rounder (fatter) bead uses a longer strip of triangle paper, magazines usually are 15 inches wide when it is opened, you need to use two of these by gluing them together.
Next step is then to mark both ends, how wide is the base of the triangle determines how big or how wide is your bead. For the diamond shaped paper beads it is 1/2 inch wide for the smaller round beads it is 1/4 inch wide. I am showing the illustration on white paper so it shows better.
Here is a close up of one end of the paper.
I used the rollers that we carry in our online shop, but of course you can use whatever you have available, to achieve a smaller hole these tools are great for that. We actually sell them as kits with strips of paper and glue.
Here is the video
Some samples of finished round beads
I hope you have fun, I welcome any comments, questions, feedback…….