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red agateJust perfect for your Halloween creations -- these Red Agate Evil Eye beads are of stone that was formed from layers of silica from volcanic cavities. Agate is named after the Achates River (now known as the Dirillo River) on the island of Sicily, Italy, whose upper waters were an ancient source of this gemstone. Each strand offered here has 16 round faceted beads, with colors ranging from red to amber, as shown. Each bead is approx. 10 mm. with an approx. 2 mm. hole. Each strand is $10, but for a limited time, take 10% off with the code HALLOWEEN at checkout.


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paper beads 3One 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:

paper beads 4·Candy wrappers

·Corrogated paper


·Gift Wrap paper

·Cereal boxes

·Facial tissue boxes

·Glossy magazines

·Calendars & Posters

·Sheet Music (...AND MORE...)

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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.

How to Make Paper Beads

Paper and Wire Wrapped Bead Tutorial

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,




0 # Gina-Marie Hammer 2016-02-01 11:29
Thanks very much for posting this! I've been wondering for a while how these were made, and also whether folks actually used them, or if they were more of a hobby thing. Thanks for clearing that up for me, and for providing the links to the various tutorials and examples!
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