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December 12, 2012
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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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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!
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? 
ZephyrOfStar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You glue the end and when you paint it it holds the bead together
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!
YammiYammi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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!
Crimefish Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Thanks! Of course you may. :)
t0nnii Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
W0w, this is really unique!
HelenaRothStock Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hi there, your stock has been featured here: [link] hope you don't mind :happybounce:
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?
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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