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!

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Give Momma the Glow Sticks and Nobody Gets hurt LOL!

TGIF (Thank Goodness I’m Fabulous!) and you will be too when you make gorgeous beads from glow-stick tubes:

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These beads were made from the stiff protective tubes that skinny glow-sticks come in, you know the black tube that keeps the glow-sticks from cracking before they are ready to use. You can use any tube you like though, even drinking straws but they won’t be a rigid as the tubes glow sticks come in. Watch the video to see the process:

It is a pretty easy craft, first you cut a piece of tube the length you want your bead to be, Cover it with paper (I used the painted rice paper scraps leftover from the rice paper earrings I made on Tuesday) and give it a coat of Mod-podge or glue and let it dry:

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Then embellish with wire, beads and bead caps. It is a great use for leftovers, you can even wrap scraps of ribbon or pretty string around them! (Great, another excuse to hoard our scraps LOL!)

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I hope you enjoyed this project and give it a try yourself. If you have any questions just leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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