A blog dedicated to the art of making paper beads & paper bead jewelry...by Janice Mae

Any Which Way Necklace – day 34

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 in 365 Paper Bead Creations | 2 comments

This is another example of what you can do with painted round beads.  I took our d.i.y bead and painted them with nail polish in bronze color.  You know what they say about laziness being the mother of invention?  That is what happened here, I got tired painting the beads and decided to mix them with other beads.

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I used black  seed beads and very inexpensive acrylic beads, all light and the colors complementing each other.

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Wear it any which way, paper beads on the side or down like that or even coil it around your wrist as a bracelet.

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Mixed Media Bracelet – day 33

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 in 365 Paper Bead Creations | 1 comment

Mixed media beads in natural fibers and wood are great accompaniment with paper beads.  The bicone shaped paper beads are hand painted in swirls of orange, green, red and yellow.  You can use toothpick or really fine tipped brush is used to paint the stripes on the beads.  It came out tropical don’t you think?

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I wrapped the wood bead with crocheted chains of DMC cotton thread, and also crocheted together little rounds to go in between as spacers.  If you don’t crochet don’t despair, just wrapped cord around  a wood bead and use other disc or spacers instead.

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The big beads are made by stacking up several pages of triangle strips, I will do a tutorial about this as soon as I get my stuff organized after the show.

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Ocean Blue Drops – day 32

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 in Paper Bead Creations | 10 comments

Paper beads that are cut from the same page will have a similar pattern and colors and makes designing a piece easier.  Blue acrylic beads perfectly matched the ocean blue color of paper bead tubes.  I’ve had these blue drops for awhile now and don’t know quite what to do with them.  And then…..ocean blue paper beads makes the perfect back drop, don’t you think?

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Matching earrings.

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I think it came out really nice don’t you think?  The beads are water resistant and can be worn on the beach sun bathing in a blue or white bathing suit 🙂  Dreaming of summer already!

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I have some of these beads left over from this project and I would like to give them away, so you can make one just like this.  Here’s how:  leave me a comment on anything that you have been crafting lately, doesn’t have to be paper beads.  We will announce the winner on Saturday.

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D.I.Y. Bead-day 31

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 in 365 Paper Bead Creations | 2 comments

We debuted the D.I.Y. Bead at the C.H.A! The big saucer shaped bead that you like, primed white for you to put designs on to your heart’s content.

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One of the booths at the C.H.A was demonstrating on how to apply glitter using transfers and I had them try a few of my beads.

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We did several of them with different designs, how cool is that!

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I particularly like the shell design, I made one into a ring, just use the glue E-600 and glued it into a ring finding.

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Tomorrow is our last day at the C.H.A and I will be able to devote more time to our bead swap, yay!

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Chunky Bicones-day 30

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 in Paper Bead Creations | 6 comments

I fell in love with these beads.  I love the muted colors and the perfect bicone shape.  These are not small, they are about 20 x 22mm made with several strips of paper to achieve the diamond  or bicone shape of the bead.  The colors were actually printed on the paper and I just love that idea!

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They are samples from my sister and they came in a bag just like that with all the colors, I just took them and wire wrapped them to make an 18 inch necklace.

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These are not your usual paper bead that are light, I guess because many strips of paper went into the making of each bead it is heavier.

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Met a lot of cool people at the c.h.a. one of them is Becky of Infarrantly Creative, who stopped by our booth.

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