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

Colourful Spools -day 23

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 in 365 Paper Bead Creations | 2 comments

I didn’t know what to do with the different leftover barrel shaped paper beads, they are so rich in color with shiny metallic paper they remind me of spools of metallic yarn.  If you are like me who loves funky and unusual jewelry, you would love this necklace.

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Several strips of paper went into the making of these barrel type beads, they are not as light as the other type of paper beads that we have.

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I love jewelry that you don’t have to take seriously, I put this on and your mood somehow lightens up!

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Fabric Paper beads-Day 22

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 in Paper Bead Creations | 9 comments

Fabric paper are paper fused to fabric and comes out with the same texture  as paper.  You can write on them, cut them out into shapes, sew them or make them into paper beads!  Can you imagine the different designs and colors?  Practically endless.

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I chose springy colors to accent the leaf pendant.

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In between are these beads that look like crystals with different colors beneath the glass (one of our finds at the show).

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I really love how this turned out 🙂

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Mixed With Copper – day 21

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 in 365 Paper Bead Creations | 3 comments

I did a post on paper beads out of hand made paper.  I remember it being fun and the fact that I did not really know what the outcome was going to be added to the excitement that is part of process when you make something.  If I were watching a movie I would have pressed the fast forward button and go to the finished end.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the process, it’s the waiting to dry in between coatings of paint or glue that makes me impatient.  The beads turned out more of Victorian, don’t you think?

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The rose colored chains we thought would complement the beads really well.

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It turned out dainty and feminine and light as a feather.

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I will do a separate post announcing the painted beads swap!

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“Minted” Paper Beads-day 20

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 in 365 Paper Bead Creations | 15 comments

I painted the big round paper beads with a soft green, love the refreshing color of mint.  The lightness of paper beads goes so well with vintage beads and when put together just spells playful and fun.  I must have desert on my mind when I made these, the paper beads reminds me cream di menthe.

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The bead board is a necessary tool for me, it makes putting colors together and deciding on how long your necklace is going to be so much easier.

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I wish you could try this on, they are so light and feels smooth on the skin.  I just love the chocolate brown speckled oval beads.

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Definitely casual chic!

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I am thinking of having another swap with painted paper beads, what do you think?

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Vintage Red-day 19

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 in 365 Paper Bead Creations | 5 comments

One of the fun things Kayla and I like to do on a week end is check out garage sales in our area for some beads that we can “rehab” and incorporate with paper beads.  This is one of our finds, vintage red beads with embossed flower and leaves design.  The designs on the beads is we think Asian inspired and black and gold would look nice with it.  Take a look:

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We were debating on something with red paper beads or black paper beads.

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Black, red and gold somehow spells Asian! Don’t you think ?

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Gold daisy spacers just give it the right accent.

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The vintage beads cost us a whole $0.25 for six beads, love garage sales and thrift stores!

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