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jade newThis is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. Maori designs carved in jade are steeped in religious and spiritual belief. They tell stories of ancestors long lost, depict spirits from the heavens, earth, and underworld, show historical lineage and paint images of the natural world that surround and surrounded them. They are no doubt beautiful, but they’re more than a form of art. For Maori they create a strong connection with their ancestors and the natural world they live in. It was believed by Maori that as a carving was worn against the skin it absorbed some of that person's essence. As carvings were passed down through the family they absorbed essence from each family member, creating a direct ancestral connection through the necklace itself. This is one reason why Maori design is so special, it is more than just an art form.

This special piece measures approx. 70 mm long (approx.. 2 3/4") x approx. 35 mm. (just shy of 1 1/2") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 2 1/2 mm. wide.

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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

·Newspaper

·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,

Sheila

 

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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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