European style paper beads


Hi there, Lindsay here the Frugal Crafter.
Today I’m going to show you how to make Pandora like beads out of paper. So
this is what your typical pandora style bead looks like. Well not really that
typical. I made it at the torch and I’m not an experienced lamp worker, but these
are some I made out of glass and I bought some bead cores to put in these
beads and they are really fun to make and all but then I thought you know I
would like to have something a little bit lighter that I could add to my
bracelet, and still fill up the bracelet but not have it weigh 25 pounds,
so I decided to play with some paper and these I made from old book pages. They’re
okay but it wasn’t exactly what I was going for. This one I liked a little bit
better but still it wasn’t quite thick enough, so then I came up with a system
of using a couple strips of paper and the bead core and I think I’ve got a
pretty good replication of a pandora bead. Of course it’s not glass and it’s
not perfect but I think that’s part of the charm, because it’s paper and it’s
fun it’s inexpensive and I think anyone can try this with supplies you have at
home. First thing you’re going to need are some strips of paper. I’m going to
zoom out here, and what I have are some half inch strips of paper that I’ve
pre-cut and then I have some 5/8 inch strips of paper, and actually this one’s
a little bit big so I’m going to trim it down, just trim down a little
bit. You basically just need your second strip of paper to be like 1/8 to a
sixteenth of an inch larger than the base of your bead. You want it to be
because we need a little bit of room when we cut our taper so I’m just going
to slice that excess off and set that aside, and then to make our taper what
we’re going to do nice just a little bit more so you can see what I’m doing all
the way. I’m going to put my ruler and angle and I am going to go about a
sixteenth of an inch away from each edge so I’m cutting corner to corner but I’m
leaving, I’m not going directly to the edge. I’m leaving a sixteenth of an
inch on each end and that’s going to keep my paper from slipping when I cut
it with the exacto knife. I know they make fancy dies to cut your pattern
paper, to cut your paper strips, but I don’t need that, this is
gonna work just fine. Alright, so you get two tapers to meet one of those pieces. Now I
know you’re probably thinking well Lindsay if I do that, look I’m gonna
have a lopsided bead, look at that, that’s not that’s not gonna work out right. But look at this. You can just center up your strip of
paper on your grid like that and then you’ll see that if you just adjust the
angle here of the bottom of your paper then that’s going to roll up just fine,
so just kind of line it up and you don’t even need to do that, you can
account for that when you go to make your bead, but if you have a problem with
that then that will work just fine so then you want to take one of your strips
and make sure it matches that pretty well. That is a pretty good match. This
one’s even better. And then you need a knitting
needle to wrap on. I find a size 9 works really well for a thicker scrapbook
paper, if you’re doing magazines or book pages you’re going to want to use a
number 10, and I’ll show you a different I’ll show you how the how using the same
needle you could still get vastly different size holes, so you
have to keep an eye on that otherwise your bead cores won’t fit. And you may
have different size bead cores, you may be using sewing eyelets, so you want to
make sure that it’s gonna fit whatever you’re working on. I’m gonna zoom it,
tip up a little bit. So I’m reaching far away, there we go. We’re cooking with gas
now, yes dear, we are. Maine lingo. Alright and I just
squeezed in my ends so you know don’t fret if you’re if you’re, you know go
misaligned it’s messing up. Now I’m gonna get this point I’m just gonna grab
my bead core and see if that’s gonna fit. I can even let it out a little bit. Yeah,
that’s pretty good. I can see that it’s not pushing my paper that’s fitting
really well so I could pull that out so very, actually it’s like a perfect fit
right there, so I want to make sure I don’t pull that any tighter, and then I’m
going to glue that flap down. This is the the bottom part of our bead
that’s going to be, a lot of it’s going to be hidden by the bead core.
Now while I’m just holding that first I get to dry I want to show
you these three beads that don’t have cores in them, because look at this, look
how big that one is. I did use a number 10 needle but I
got really loose with it, and that’s way too big for any of the bead cores. This
one on the other hand is just about perfect. That was done on the number nine
and I just, you know, pulled it tight, but this one was also done on the nine,
but I pulled it too tight, and look at that I’ve got a teeny hole that I could
probably put a scrapbooking eyelid in if I wanted to. So you know, you can use
those beads on other projects, that’s not a big deal, but just to help you avoid
those those problems, so now what I’m going to do is add a little bit of glue
next to the seam that the other paper made when we glued it down. You don’t
want to put too much glue because it really doesn’t take a lot to glue the
paper. Now here you do need to be careful, you do want to make sure that
when you start wrapping that you keep it centered up because
it’s a little harder to fix at this stage. So taking a little extra
time here will save you a lot of time down the road. So you just slow and
steady roll it up make sure that you are centering the paper on the bead as you
go. It’s pretty easy though because we started off with a pretty good bead to work
with. Now I’m going to be using ultra thick embossing enamel, which is just a chunky embossing powder to coat my beads, but if you don’t have that or
you don’t want to bother using a heat gun, several coats of Mod Podge will
work pretty well. You could, you know put some glossy accents on there, you
could use a few coats of fingernail polish, clear fingernail polish, you
know whatever you have. I do think the ultra thick embossing enamel is the
quickest, easiest, and nicest looking way to get this effect, but if you don’t want
to deal with that or you don’t have it there certainly are substitutions
that you can do. Some people even use resin but I think that would that would
take quite a while to dry out. I don’t really wanna, I use resin but I really
don’t even want to go there. Okay so all we have here is our bead that’s ready to be
to be glazed, so what you want to do is take a toothpick or skewer or something
you can stick in there, and you want to get your embossing ink pad and just roll it over there a few times so you coat it
really well with embossing ink. That’s going to help the powder stick. All right. I keep a little dessert spoon in my embossing powder, and then I can just
sprinkle it on there. Try to keep it out of the hole because that will make your
hole smaller and your bead of course might not fit in there when you’re done if you
clog that up. All right, I’m gonna pause the video, and I’m going to heat this
with a heat gun and I’ll be right back. I’m actually going to heat this, put on
another layer and heat it again so hold on a moment while I do that. Here I am
with two layers of embossing enamel here on my bead, and I’ve let it cool so it
doesn’t get sticky so you know you do have to let it cool before you touch it.
You could burn yourself or you could actually just end up damaging the
surface. If that happens, then just heat it up again and it will remelt it.
Alright so for putting the bead core in, now it might be tight enough that you
could just put it in there and it would hold on its own, but I recommend putting
some glue, just some white glue here because that’s going to seal the ends of
your bead in and it can actually help protect the middle of the bead as well.
so just a nice a nice coating of white glue on each end. You also want a
paper towel handy so that when you when you push the ends in you can kind
of wipe away any extra glue that’s there. Gently just placing the two ends in and
then I’ll grab it with a paper towel to really secure it in there so the paper
towel is catching any of the bead squish, the glue squish coming out the
sides. Alright now at this point I’m going to
check it for any paper that’s been damaged on the inside. Looks pretty
good. If I did have any like bits of paper sticking out I could
go in there with a file, just a jewelry file and go in and file all the way around and
get it nice and neat, and that’s all there is to it. So you have a beautiful
handmade bead. It’s paper but it looks like it could be glass. Either way it’s a
delightful addition to any Pandora bracelet or necklace. And just
think, if you are someone that collects the Pandora charms,
wouldn’t it be nice to have some that your children have made. It’s just a wonderful something new and different to do with your pattern paper
scraps, so there you have it. I hope you try it. If you have any questions, please
leave a comment below. Give me a thumbs up thumbs up, how do I do that?
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watching. Until next time, happy crafting.

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