Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Obsession is....

.... looking at shredded paper used by Lululalaland as wrapping material for a spool of elastic cord I bought there, and thinking 'Ohh cool, straight paper beads I don't have to cut myself!'

Turns out that newspaper isn't the best material (at least not such narrow strips) to turn into paper beads, but there were a few glossy strips in there that had Chinese writing on them. Have to wait and see how the actual beads will come out once glossed.

Oh.. and... I made this:
With the length it is I don't like it as a necklace, but love it as a bracelet. Wore it today and got tons of comliments, some people refused to believe it's 'just rolled up paper'. How amazing is that! And then I was told that I could start selling these, but I'm not sure if I want to go down that route. I need to get much much better.. And figure out the secret to making marble-round beads like they sell here. Until then, I will just continue making bracelets and necklaces for myself, and saving up the left over ones until I have enough to make this amazingly long necklace.


  1. Hi Eveline,
    The bracelet looks really cool. I loved that you are using paper to create this awesome bracelet. Please blog when you made it marble round beads. I would like to see it.
    Thanks for following Meylah.

  2. I will for sure blog about it if I ever master the round bead.;) Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Wooahh this is maddneeesss!! I want to make some now soooo badly!!!! Can't wait to see how you develop your skills! You could totally add them to your art journals! :D
    - I found this site- is this how you made them? http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Paper-Beads

  4. Yes that is pretty much it! I have a metal bead roller that came with the kit I linked to in a previous post, which has a slit in the middle for you to put your paper in, so it doesn't slip and slide everywhere. Makes it so easy to roll!

    At first I used gluestick for the ends, but now I use just white glue to glue and then to give them the first coat as well, and then when that is dry I gloss them with clear nail varnish, but you could also give them another coat of glue.

    One warning though: it's hiiiiighly addictive! ;) I already did some in my old journal, but they were not coated or anything, but was still nice to add to a page.

  5. Wooahh I need to get myself one of those by the sounds of it! I'm so excited! I'm addicted already! Thanks E :)

  6. Beautiful! You could TOTALLY start selling these! Open that Etsy shop lady! :D

  7. *LOL* I had an Etsy shop, and stopped selling there recently because of all the politics and stuff behind the scenes that just doesn't sit right with me. My love affair with Etsy is over I'm afraid. Will give ArtFire a try in the new year, but for mixed media stuff.. althouuuughhhh.. paper beads could be incorporated into that I suppose.. Hmmmmmmmm........