Handmade Paper Beads

by Deborah Stinnett.
(San Diego)

Handmade Paper Beads by Deborah Stinnett  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Pile of Paper Beads

A few years ago, I developed a paper bead-making obsession. Making my own beads was exciting and satisfying.

Incorporating paper beads into different forms of jewelry along with other mixed media produced endless possibilities. Not to mention selling the beads on their own.

Handmade Paper Beads by Deborah Stinnett  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Planning the Project

I start with paper: rice paper, washi paper, magazine pages, etc. I use a paper rolling tool, cut the paper into long strips of different shapes and lengths and roll away.

Secure the end and outer surface with a couple coats of ModPodge and set aside to dry on long wooden skewers stuck into floral foam for 24 hours.

Handmade Paper Beads by Deborah Stinnett  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Double Strand Necklace

I prefer to glue a tiny metal grommet into each end of the finished paper bead for a more polished effect. Here are some results:

Handmade Paper Beads by Deborah Stinnett  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Variations of Earrings

Deborah Stinnett
Lair Designs

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