Paper Bead Making

These instructions are for making beads from any type of paper. The basic techniques are the same no matter what paper you use or what the designs are on the paper that you use.You will need some basic materials to make your beads. This is where you can be very creative and experiment with different papers, cutting methods and finishes.

In this section you will learn how to choose paper, paper bead rolling tools, glues and finishes. You can also learn advanced techniques like making large holed beads like those pretty Pandora style beads that have the metal cores. 

You will find out how I glaze my beads and what I use to dry them. I have glazed them by hand, one at a time and also by dipping them. I actually prefer dipping them but there are certain times when you should brush the glaze on like when you are coating your beads with 2 part epoxy resin to make them really water proof. 

Wander around this section and see what you can make with strips of paper! Once you get started making them, it will be hard to stop!

Blue Paisley Beads
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Copy Paper

This is the paper I use most for making my paper beads. The possibilities are endless! 

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Choosing Papers 

There are so many choices of papers for making paper beads! Here are a few that I have tried and what you can expect from them! Have fun, experiment and be creative!

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Cutting for Shaped Beads

There are several shapes of beads you can make and the shape you want to make depends on the thickness, length, wide end and narrow end of your paper strips. There will be a lot of experimentation with the different shapes and this page will show you the most popular shapes that can be made.

Different Types of Cutters
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There are several types of cutting tools you can use from scissors to Electronic cutting machines. I will talk about the tools I actually use and why.

Finishes
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For years I tried different methods for glazing my beads and finally figured out what works best for me.  I explain what I have tried, what I have not tried, what I like and don't like and my experiences with each one.

The Bead Crafter
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 Back in August 1996,  in an issue of Crafts magazine, I found an ad for a crank style paper bead roller, called "The Bead Crafter". I was so intrigued with the idea of making paper beads with paper, that I decided to order the Bead Crafter for my birthday which is September 1.

Toothpicks
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Various Paper Bead Rolling Tools
Learn about the different tools available for rolling paper into beads from toothpicks to commercial paper bead rollers.