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Paper Charm Bracelet Tutorial by Crimefish Paper Charm Bracelet Tutorial by Crimefish
:bulletblue: This is exactly how I make these:

:bulletblue: My other paper bead tutorials:

:bulletblue: 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


There are plenty of paper bead tutorials on the internet! But few of them show how elegant the beads can look. There's nothing wrong with overt recycling, but I wanted to offer a different perspective.

Also! Most of the tutorials say only to use one strip of paper, which makes the beads much narrower than mine. Since the ones I've made here are chunkier, they may be more suited for use as charms or pendants, while the narrower variety may be best to string on thread or wire.

This tutorial assumes you've never made jewelry, and have crap instincts when it comes to what colours go well together. Although, I'm a beginner myself, so my advice may not be the best. I'm just describing how I do it. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them.
Google stuff for a second opinion, or search on dA.

The findings I used here were all bought from [link] but I also get a lot of findings from [link] on ebay.

(Will probably replace this with the .png, if I don't get bored of editing the file first. It won't make a difference... until the next version of dA comes out and the background colour's different. Eww.)

Credit for the arrow brushes goes to ewanism.

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BlackAnime Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist
These are beautiful for something so simple. :) Thank you. <3
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I can't believe that's paper, it doesn't even look like it! I'd love to try this out! C:
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Happi-chan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Oh WOW This looks super cool!
I definitely have to try this out!
Thanks for sharing!
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RunePixie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I've never seen paper needs look this great. Thank you
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Lasago Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've tried it a couple of times, and i really liked the outcome! That is.. till I had to get the beads off the sticks... They just won't come off and if I force 'em, they get damaged... Am I rolling them too tight or something?
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
There are a few possible reasons: As you say, you may have rolled them a little too tight. This, or you left them on the sticks too long while they were drying, so they got glued on. I try to remove them as soon as I'm sure the varnish is dry enough that they can be handled, then I put them back on, but gently so they're just sitting on top of the sticks, not shoved on tight.

I had the same problem yesterday when I tried using acrylic varnish instead of nail polish; it dries too quickly, so there's little time to remove the bead from the stick before it gets glued on. *SIGH*

If you continue to have trouble with it, I've read that some people use fishing line instead of cocktail sticks (and I've tried this, but there's nothing to keep the beads steady while I varnish them), and ideally I'd recommend using a metal tool (something like these, in fact: [link] ) instead of a cocktail stick, so the beads slide off easier. Cocktail sticks are just more readily available. :(
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Lady-Winterlace Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Versy nicely written, and very good pics! Thanks for the nice tutorial. You make gorgeous beads.
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NightmareCupcake Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So smart :D cute ^^
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WolfChild18 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. Really pretty. Gotta try it when I have the time.
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