Today I have had a go at making paper beads for a swap I am entering.
I couldn't get a photo in daylight - so these look slightly darker than they do in 'real life'
Because they are all made by hand - no two are exactly the same, which I think adds to their charm.
They are made with a strip of paper - these were 1" x 9" which I then cut diagonally.
Next I glued the reverse of the paper, and rolled each one up onto a cocktail stick, starting with the widest end first which gave them their shape
Then I rolled each one on a clear ink pad and then dipped it in a little pot of UTEE, used a heat gun to melt it, and repeated that at least four times, turning the bead as I went.
I had a play with glass beads and wire too. One bead (which I have set aside on the right) I made using a left over straight strip and it looks just like some Japanese beads I have. So I am going to experiment making some of those - as they cost a fortune to buy!