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Painted Paper Bead Tutorial by Crimefish Painted Paper Bead Tutorial by Crimefish
Exactly how I made this:


SO SIMPLE. :dummy: Simple is as simple does.

You can make the beads as wide as you want. I only used
1cm width because if they were any wider, they wouldn't fit
comfortably on memory wire, or worse, the memory wire
could dig into the beads and damage the ends.
It depends what you plan to use them for!

I copied some of the text from one of my other tutorials,
since the methods are similar.
Credit for the arrow brushes goes to ewanism.

My other paper bead tutorials:

And FAQ:

Paper Bead FAQQ.  Why do you make jewellery out of paper?
A.  Paper is my precious, and we wants it, precious, we wants it.  My sister showed me how to make paper beads when I was a child, and a couple of years ago, I remembered and felt like trying it again.  And now I'm an addict, YAY!  I love jewellery making using any and all materials, but I like the challenge of making a material as basic as paper look elegant.

Q.  How strong are paper beads? Don't they fall apart?
A.  This depends on if and how you seal them.  I varnish all my paper beads to make them hard, glossy, and long-lasting.  The Japanese are famous for making furniture out of paper.  It


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pumqin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
super cool idea!
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quickly-2008 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for inspiring me to make my own paperbeads!
Before I had seen your artwork I thought making paperbeads is something for little kids .
But you make the beads look so beautiful I have to try them.
Thanks for the Idea using metallic nailpolish!
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Waterwolf11 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
So, just to be clear.... do you have to glue the paper as you're rolling it? If not, when do you make sure the paper stays together? 
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ZephyrOfStar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You glue the end and when you paint it it holds the bead together
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kallalou Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Love your paper beads! And just started to make some using your tutorial. Must say I am far away for mine looking the same as yours and maybe the will never which is fine ;-) But I really must give you a BIG THANK YOU for sharing your tuts so freely!
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YammiYammi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi!
I liked your tutorial very much and I'd like to translate your tutorial into Russian, so that people from Russian-speaking countries can also make such beautiful things. May I translate it?
I'll write that it's your tutorial and give a link on this page of course!
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Thanks! Of course you may. :)
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t0nnii Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
W0w, this is really unique!
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HelenaRothStock Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hi there, your stock has been featured here: [link] hope you don't mind :happybounce:
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WindsweptSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried making these beads for earrings, and they turned out okay. But after I take them off the stick, are they supposed to be slightly squishy? I was under the impression that they would be solid (like, plastic-y) when the polish dried, but they weren't. They were definitely solid, though. Did I just not wait long enough for the beads to dry?
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FieraRosette Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually give them a polyurethane coat before and after painting my beads because nailpolish can be acidic and eventually wear down the paper. Also I let mine dry fully overnight before adding another coat or taking them off the stick. It is more time consuming, but I feel like the beads come out a lot better. Another tip is to use scrap booking paper. sometimes i am too lazy or do not have enough time to paint my beads so I use the paper and just top coat with polyurethane to keep them sturdy and more weather proof.
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
These tiny ones are quite delicate and should be a little squishy before adding any varnish, but the varnish should harden them. Mine feel like frozen peas. Most of the time, the only difference I've found in leaving to dry is ensuring the finish doesn't get dented by anything while it's still tacky. But there's always a chance that drying time affects their hardness, too.

There are other factors, ie. how thick the paper is and hence how thick the beads are, what kind of polish you use. I find if I'm using a thinner nail polish, or acrylic gloss varnish, the first coat soaks into the paper, and the second and third build up to form a hard shell. For all I know, using very glossy paper may keep the varnish from soaking in and hardening the beads properly.

I'm afraid I haven't tried enough variation in materials and so on, to be very reliable help with troubleshooting. :(
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ChristalKitto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Every Christmas I try to make a gift for the adults in my family. These are what I will make this year. Thank you.
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Larkynn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All your paper bead tutorials and creations are so beautiful! Thank you for showing us how to make them. (I can't wait to make a bracelet for my aunt. She makes jewelry but she doesn't have something made from paper yet.)
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areemus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love bracelets..i wish i could have this one~
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Formel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never even thought about making something like this. Sounds very creative and fun... I have to try it sometime. Thanks for the tutorial and the tips. :D
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nancy-keenobie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting (:
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Xaifin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
:o Hello! By any chance is that tiger wire??
=/ I just can't figure out what to do with tiger wire X_X; it just seems so useless!
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
It's not! Memory wire is springy, whereas as far as I can tell, tiger wire is limp noodle. It doesn't seem to serve the same purpose as most jewellery wire. It doesn't hold its shape at all. As far as I can tell, it needs to be used more like cord. I have a tiger tail necklace / bracelet like this: [link] where the ends are fixed by crimp beads, and there are magnets along the length of the bracelet to help it keep its shape. I've also seen people use very thin tiger tail for earrings and necklaces, where they want something thinner and more delicate-looking than cord, but as strong as possible.
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Xaifin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
:) I recently took up beading as a renewed hobby. I used to collect beads when I was little and recently remembered my OCD for buying them. Been making bracelets and earrings and what not the past few weeks. But there are things that came with earring hooks and such, and I have absolutely no idea what they're for let alone what they actually are! Haha I think I got a smidge creative with some of it and just mended it to my needs, though it was likely meany for something else.
It's been a lot of fun, just wish I knew the actual use of half of this stuff :S

:) Thank you for explaining tiger tail for me! ^^
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qazak Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that bracelet is beautiful!
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IbiteU Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Super interesting. I know what I'll ba making one of my dear friends for next Christmas~
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Letta463 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice I used this, the picture beads and the charm bracelet tutorials for bracelets for a friend and my sister. They loved them :D
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serah-wiggums Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
This absolutely gorgeous! :D And helpful, too.
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Thanks! :lol:
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, I still don't understand where you get the patience for this. Amazeballs. <3
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
:iconohuplz: Considering you need approximately a million beads for any project except earrings... yeah. I don't know, either. I mostly make them while I'm watching TV, 'cause if I don't have something to keep my hands busy, I feel like I'm not doing anything, and wasting the entire day. :roll:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Such a fab tutorial!
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thanks, love! :la:
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tea-bug Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thank you for this! I'm going to try it out!
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
You're so welcome! :heart: Oh, I hope you do, it'd be great to see what people do with it.
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katnip9 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
You should sell these, if you don't already. I would buy one
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thank you! :love: I'm definitely considering it, but since they take so long to make, there's no way I could charge enough money to cover minimum wage. I'll have to figure out a fair price. :plotting:
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katnip9 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Well if you were to sell them, the best place to start would be to take them to art/craft fairs. Find out when the next craft fair near you is, start making some in advance, and bring them to a fair and show them off. Or you could give a few to someone else selling at the craft fair and offer so much percentage of the sales to them. Make sure you have some sort of business card to give out with contact info. If sales go poorly....well you can either keep trying or do the alternative.

Another suggestion is approaching some store that sells gifts, showing them the item, and asking for space to display the jewelry you make, and once again offering them some sort of percentage of money from the sales. It would have to be some mom and pop store, not a chain like Claires or Walmart who have no control over what items are displayed. But I have heard stories of people that have done this.

Both of these ideas would be a lot of work, it's just a suggestion that you try one. If its something you are interested in, you might want to try it. Like I said, lots of work, so I would only consider it if its something you really want to do.
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beyday Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow awesome!! :) one question, how strong are these usually? sounds like it'd be flimsy seeing how its made from paper, but that looks pretty solid. If I accidentally pressed it against a wall (while wearing it), would it get squished down? D:
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Thanks! :lol: They're fairly strong! You can mush them slightly, like a roll of toiler paper. But only before you add varnish. The varnish hardens them quite a bit. I'm trying to flatten one now, and it just feels like a frozen pea. :XD: They should hold up pretty well.
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beyday Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!! :) thank you very much for the tutorial, I am most definitely doing it :D
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FieraRosette Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a book on how to do these but was never sure quite how I wanted to paint them!!! This just gave me a great idea for my own jewelry :D Thanks so much. Making these is super addictive and easy. I am going to make many of my holiday gifts this way lol.
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Thanks so much :heart: That sounds like a book I'd be interested in reading! :lol: I couldn't think how to decorate them either, and then one day I was looking at some nail art, and realised how appropriate it would be to copy it. I mean, the canvases are equally small, so the same kinds of designs would make sense.
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Jonathanjo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
:iconsobeautifulplz: Amazing
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Thank you! :aww:
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vya Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Oh wow, that's so cool?! :heart:
I never thought of making these for myself, thank you so much!<3
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Thank you, glad you think so! :XD: I love making them, it's addictive.
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MaxCooper67 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
can you use any kind of wire for this? the only thing I have access to is like wire sculpture wire... the stuff thats basically coated in oil :( or I might be able to find some aluminum wire but it's a really thick gauge
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I don't see why not, but then I've never used any other kind, so I'm not sure of the possible drawbacks. There's also no reason not to use cord or elastic.

The reason I used memory wire is because it's practically impossible to accidentally bend it out of shape. You can tug and twist as much as you need to get it on and off of your wrist, and it springs back into a perfect circle.
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MaxCooper67 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
that's what I thought, thanks :D
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
My pleasure! :lol:
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