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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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Washer Necklaces

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14138327_10210145393501730_570067790_nI’ve been spending hours and hours lately in the hospital with a sick friend, so my cooking and crafting time has been limited.  But about a month ago, a few girlfriends and I had two crafting days to make some door prizes for an upcoming conference.  We were looking for inexpensive ideas that our conference participants (mostly women) would like.  Necklaces made from washers seemed just the ticket. Read the rest of this entry