I was having a play with my paper bead roller the other week and thought that making little Christmas tree decorations from hand rolled paper beads would be a nice change from the usual round baubles so I set to work plotting and playing again.
Here in this post is an overview of how I made them and what they ended up like.
The process itself was quite simple. You’ve probably got a template or have seen a tutorial for this process before however here is how I did it.
I started with an A4 piece of copy paper and drew on some lines as you can see in the next image.
The marks made across the top were made at 1cm, then every two centimetres. The marks at the bottom were made at every two centimetres.
By making the marks in this way I ended up with ten very long triangles (that would form the beads) and two waste pieces on either side.
A metal ruler and craft knife were then used to cut along each line. After cutting the strips out I used a variety of alcohol marker colours to add a graduated tone to each piece.
I did an assortment of colours so that there was variety.
The tool that you see in the next image is my paper bead roller. It’s a little like a quilling tool but the slot into which the paper goes does not go all the way through the top.
Using this tool I rolled each strip from the widest end to the narrowest. By using triangles and rolling in this way I got a nice tapered shape to the bead.
To secure the fine tipped end I applied a tiny dot of glue and then gently rolled the tip down over the bead.
Here it is before I slid it of the tool.
After doing that with the remaining strips I had a little collection going on.
I then transferred them onto wooden barbecue skewers (clean and unused) – coincidentally they were the perfect size for the barrel holes in the beads – result!
I used this method as it gave me a long handle to hold on to as I went on to apply the gems in the next step.
The gems were applied to the beads by applying tiny dots of glue to the bead and then setting the gems into place one by one with tweezers.
Here were the first two that I made.
To finish of the decorations I first tried to pair each bead with other coordinating beads from my collection as you can see here.
Then I broke out the jewellery making supplies and began threading the bead sets onto head pins, forming the loops and then attaching these to fish hook earwires with a jump ring.
Here is the construction process in full swing (less exciting in picture form than it was as I was doing it).
Here are the first two beads that I showed again, finished off with added bling :)
I think that these, and their friends, will look great on a tree.
I just need to make the rest of the decorations – and get the tree! Lol :)
Not sure what, when I work with Christmas products from May to December, that I always end up being so late on my own bits and bobs. Ah well, I guess it’s the thought that counts isn’t it?
Have you managed to get ahead on Christmas this year?
Well, that’s it for this one. If you have any questions or comments about the contents of this blog post, please feel free to use the comments section below.
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