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Hand-Rolled Beads

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I’ve recently been experimenting with decorating paper and using it to make hand-rolled beads. It’s an easy process and lends a distinctive crafty (do I mean crappy?) touch to a necklace.

My first task was to create the decorated paper. For each color theme, I used cardstock and paint or inks. The red/white and the pink/lime necklaces had paper printed from my GelliPlate using acrylic craft paint. I used Distress Oxides and sprayed-on water to get the blue colors that I hoped would resemble shades of denim.

Once the papers were dry, I cut them up into half-inch strips. Pinterest has a ton of how-to links, but the rolling-up process was easy. Using craft glue and a toothpick, I first glued (with gloss ModPodge, my best friend) a tab on each strip that was about an inch long, just by folding over an end. Then I wrapped this tab (without glue on the outside) around a toothpick and continued to wrap, gluing as I went. After removing the toothpick, I set aside each bead to dry.

My last task was to thread some jeweler’s string through the hand-made beads, adding other coordinating beads from my stash. I like how each necklace turned out, and they’re certainly one-of-a-kind!

 

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Pot Necklace

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Besides enjoying a bunch of blossoms in my backyard garden, I like to have some ornamentation.  No grinning troll or pink flamingo for me, though.  I prefer subtle touches, like this pot necklace.  All I had to do was take a l-o-n-g piece of wire, string on some pretty beads, and wrap it around the pot.  If you’d like to try this yourself, make sure you have a pot with a “neck” so the beads won’t slide down.  You’ll like it as much as I do!

Handmade Beads Failure

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I bought some beautiful handmade beads at an artist’s shop in Albuquerque a few weeks ago.  Aren’t they beautiful in the picture above?  The top two were made from handmade paper and the green one from fabric.  I thought I’d give it a try myself with the yarn I used in my recent scarf-making venture.  See https://crapsmanship.com/2015/06/23/easy-to-do-cheap-to-make-pain-to-maintain-pretty-to-wear-scarf/. Read the rest of this entry