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Paper Bead Making 101

These instructions are for making beads from any type of paper. The basic techniques are the same no matter what paper you use or what the designs are on the paper that you use.

Paper Bead Making Materials

You will need some basic materials to make your beads. This is where you can be very creative and experiment with different papers, cutting methods and finishes.

Choosing Paper

Stack of paper

You can use any type of paper you can imagine. In this section you will learn what papers you can use for paper beads and my experiences with each one.

Set Up Your Printer

Setting Up Your Printer

This section explains how to set up your printer for printing bead sheets.

Glazing Your Beads

Finishes for Paper Beads

On this page you will find out what glues and finishes can be used for glazing the beads.

Bead Making Tools

You will need a number of tools to make the beads and the following sections explain the tools and how to use them.

Cutting The Papers

Different Cutters to cut papers

There are several ways you can cut your papers into strips. This section talks about my experiences with each one.

Rolling The Beads

Different Bead Rollers

There are various methods to roll the beads, this page explains how.

Drying Paper Beads

Paper Bead Drying Racks

This page explains the various ways to dry your glazed beads whether you dip them or brush on the glaze.

Paper Beads As Art

Paper bead making to me is an art! Not only can you create your own papers to make into beads but you can turn those beads into all sorts of things! You need to start with the basics of bead making though and below wer just a few different types of beads you can make. I will be adding more types in the future.

Applique Paper Beads

Applique Paper Beads

In this section I explain the process to apply Nail Art Decals onto paper beads!

Roundish Paper Beads

Roundish Paper Beads

In this section I explain the process to start making paper beads that are round or almost round. Making perfectly round beads is very tricky!

Pandora Inspired Paper Beads

Pandora Inspired Beads

In this section I will teach you how I make pandora or European style paper beads including the little metal eyelet that is inserted into them.

Little Cardstock Beads

Tray of little round pink beads made from Cardstock

In this tutorial, I teach you how you can recycle some cardstock and how to create these little pink beads.

Rolled Fabric Beads

Rolled Fabric Beads

In this tutorial, I teach you how you can make fabric beads that mimic paper beads.