I get asked a lot about how to make the paper bead more round – the best way to do this is: Make long strips of triangle 1/2 inch wide at the base of the triangle. How do you make a long strip of paper? You can do this by joining the magazine pages together by gluing them at the edges or use a really long paper like wrapping paper. I take my measurements by using a yard stick, if you don’t have one, just use a long piece of straight edge wood. Keep in mind that the result would vary depending on the texture or how heavy the paper you are using. I would suggest to just experiment on the paper you have available. There is no wrong or right way to do this, I love the different shapes that come out every time, AND I like to be surprised!
Here’s an example of round paper beads that I just strung on elastic and mixed them with Chinese crystals, they are not that expensive and goes well with the paper beads.
Long strip of paper about 36 inches
This is the middle part of the triangle where I glued two pages together
I then, rolled the long strip of paper using the metal paper bead roller. It came out round, don’t you think? I was so happy to see my roses in bloom again, hello Spring!
These are examples of necklace and bracelet sets we have made in the past. They are just strung on elastic and mixed with crystals. These are great projects for a beading party or “paper beading party” as I would call it – all you need is elastic and paper beads.
Elastic paper bead necklace and bracelet with pink crystals
Elastic round paper beads with firepolished crystals