Paper Beads!

Howdy folks! Today is day 2 of cross-country training (so I don’t keel over during the parent race with my son’s cross-country team) and tonight I ran with a friend who is in way better shape than me…not that it is any great achievement mind you…but it was great motivation to run with someone who has more stamina. What’s also great motivation, I realized while jogging alone to her house in the dark, is thinking about zombies and scary clowns, yep, I never ran so fast in my life! Why don’t we have streetlights around here anyway?!? Well, I didn’t feel like I needed to throw up after the “run” and we went 1.5 miles alternating brisk walking and jogging so that is something. We are doing it again tomorrow night and I am trying to recruit other moms to join us…they keep saying “no” though…I might have to knock on doors and catch them by surprise I think.

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You say you did not stop by to hear my tales of physical endurance? OK then, here are some paper beads I made a week ago. I watched another great tutorial by Ross Barbera on creating rice paper beads. I never would have tried that before because it is so thin and delicate and quite frankly it looks like a lot of work but the tutorial was so intriguing. I sliced up some rice paper, dipped it is future Floor wax and drizzled on regular and metallic watercolors and let dry. Let me just say that Ross’ technique is way nicer than mine but I am impatient (and lazy.) 😀 Then I made earrings:

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And a bracelet:

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And more earrings and a necklace…

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I find the necklace design a little unsettling now that I see it in a photograph. Hmmmm…

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Paper beads are fun! I had never tried them with rice paper before but I was inspired by Ross Barbera’s technique so I thought I’d have  a go at it. Gee, running, time consuming paper beads, what’s next? I’m wind and crazy I tell you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

9 Responses

  1. Really nice look Lindsay!!!

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  2. Congrats on trying out the running, keep up the great work!!
    BUT if you knock on my door well I might pull out my “grump pants red” just for you!! love ya

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  3. They’re beautiful!

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  4. Running is such great exercise, even at a slower pace. Hooray for you. Who knew rice paper would be so versatile when crafting. Good to know in case I ever end up with some. 🙂 Oh, now I get what you find disturbing about the necklace……chuckle, chuckle, sorry, one more, chuckle. 🙂

    Yes, perhaps a slight modification might be a good idea…..more beads!

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  5. I would have missed all the fun we had chuckling had you not made the comment about your red necklace. No, no, no, don’t change it. (at least wear it and couple of time and see if anyone else makes a comment when you wear it. We all need a good laugh.

    Love them all, but the blues are my favorite.

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  6. Thanks for the inspiration. I love making paper beads but I have never worked with Rice Paper or even seen it. Where would you find it and does it come in colors, or white, etc?

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  7. Great that you’re getting into running and getting into shape…I’m waiting till it is a bit cool here in Fl. to ride my bike. I love the rice paper beads! I’ve never made paper beads, but somewhere in the house is rice paper…I used to do Sumi paintings!

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  8. Good for you on the running! Rice paper jewelry looks amazing! But most of all I can count on you for a good laugh!

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