Hey ho campers!
Been having a little play with some free papers that were in issue 156 of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine and thought I’d share a tip on using them for something other than cardmaking.
I am going to be making paper beads. Very simple and a great way of using up lightweight paper from magazines (that I am sure we all hoard).
Basic tools only on this one. A paper trimmer (or scissors), a bead rolling tool, PVA glue and a tape runner (option all).
To get started, trim the papers down to roughly A5 in size.
Then, cut the sheets into one inch strips along the longest dimension.
Take a strip and insert it into the groove in the bead rolling tool.
Roll the tool so that that paper begins to form around the tool. You may need to hold it a little until it gets going.
Then continue to roll until about one inch remains, don’t let it spring loose though!
Next, apply either glue or tape to the very end of the strip and continue to roll until the end sticks to the part that has already been formed. I tend to use tape at this point because it’s less messy and doesn’t ooze out of the ends. You could use glue if you preferred.
Another reason that I don’t use glue at this stage is that I tend to use the PVA to glaze the bead and to make sure that all of the ends and the edge are firmly stuck and smoothed down.
To do this I transfer my bead onto a cocktail stick or paper stirrer and then lightly coat the bead in PVA glue. You could also use a fancy glaze or even a nail polish for an even more durable effect.
Eek! Apologies for the fag packet slipping in there!
Continue to do this with all of your strips until you have a good pile. Then, they sky is the limit when it comes to using them.
Use them as tassels on bookmarks, as beads in jewellery making, as mini cigars for toy dolls – wait, no, not that! Oopsie.
Anyway, I wonder what I will make with mine …
As always, thank you for reading and I will catch you again soon.