Remember making paper beads?
The other day I found a bracelet that I made with paper beads.
The colors are so pretty and they look like ceramic beads!
I went into the kitchen and grabbed a couple of wood skewers then I went through my patterned paper picked out a few designs, cut them into strips and started rolling. All shapes and sizes. It is relaxing. I have my pile of paper, glue and while watching ( well more like listening) to TV I roll and roll and roll.
I cut some at 1/2 inch and a few at 2 inches but I like the 1 inch size best. Cut at diagonal and you have a cone style shape
Depending on the thickness of the paper most of my pieces were 12 inch lengths. The thicker sheets did well at 6 inch lengths.
You can use magazine pages too. In fact years ago when I first learned how to make them we used magazine pages. Book pages, music sheets, origami paper. Its a great way to recycle left over scraps of paper and magazine pages. Easy project for kids to try.
To seal them after rolling you can use a glaze, Mod Podge or UTEE . I found the quickest and easiest way was to use UTEE (Ultra thick embossing enamel) Just roll bead using skewer onto the Versa Mark pad then using a plastic spoon sprinkle UTEE all over the bead then heat with a heat gun. I repeat with a second coat of UTEE and heat again. Wait a few seconds to cool and remove the bead from the skewer. Voila!
You can use a twilling tool too but remember you need enough of an opening to string bead
On some of the beads I inked the edges with a darker color before applying the UTEE.