One of our all-time most popular posts on Pinterest was on Paper Beads, so I’m doing a follow-up on our previous blog post, named (not surprisingly) Paper Beads.
As we mentioned before, making paper beads is a traditional craft that goes back as far as the Victorian age. Young ladies would gather socially in their dining rooms and make handmade paper beads from scraps of wallpaper rolled on knitting needles. Then they would polish the beads with beeswax and string them on to long pieces of yarn. The beads would then be used to make door curtains to divide rooms.
Since then, paper-bead making has become a fine art, incorporating the most surprising types of materials you can think of. Here are a few:
·Gift Wrap paper
·Facial tissue boxes
·Calendars & Posters
·Sheet Music (...AND MORE...)
Artisans carefully measure, cut and roll each bead. Often a laminate base coat is applied, followed by a glaze. Here are a couple of tutorials we found to get you started – in case you want to experiment.
I am astounded by the beautiful beads that have been made from paper, and envious of these designers’ creativity. Since we at The Bead specialize in gemstone beads and pendants, it’s a good reminder that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get into the business of beads. Paper beads are lightweight, yet solid and moisture resistant. They’re the perfect component for folks who don’t like a lot of weight around their neck or hanging from their ears. We’ve shown just a few examples here from selected artisans found on Etsy – but you can find a good variety of paper beads there -- from BabelFish Jewelry, Mudhut,
Paperartzibeads, Paper Melon and more.
Until Next Time,