Sunday, March 02, 2008

Paper beads...bet you cant make just one:>

One heat gun later(It died after two uses...guess its off to Michaels again...sigh!) and just when i had figured out how to do them fairly quickly...

there are now 27 beads done...these are mine....very like lampwork beads when you see them up close....they are made following the directions in Cloth Paper Scissors July August Issue...VERY fun to make but very labor intensive...these are made with UTEE (Ultra thick embossing enamel found in the stamp department of your local craft show ...you also need Boss Gloss to make the first layer stick) dipped in pearl ex with some glitter and microbeads added.

I tried seed beads but they seemed too large ....sort of like rocks...i never got around to the angelina i was having so much fun with the thread wrapping and pearlex and glittery stuff...who needed more...

They look like they could be ancient artifacts-glass beads- from an archeological dig...the pictures of course do not do them justice...if i have time this week...i will scan them on some black paper...NOW what to do with them...any ideas?! Before...drying...i cut slivers of paper and glued them on with more Liquitex mat medium...think fingers coated in it...i failed to read the directions that said you could cut straight strips...oh well...next time... i still have more paper:>

Wrapped with thread and ready to go in the UTE

My favorite bead..not the best picture...
will try to scan them this week...but the first of the month is ALWAYS a very busy week for me...quilt guild, book club AND PTA....add in daily trips to the gym...well you get the picture....

2 comments:

Heather P said...

Love your beads! Thanks for posting this -- I can't wait to try it.

Heather
www.heatherquilts.blogspot.com

juj said...

These are great! That last one is really lovely. I remember making tons of these back in the day. I used Mod Podge for mine (cheap) and old wallpaper sample books (free). It was great fun. I never knew what to do with them - I just liked making them. The kids would string them up on shoe leather and decorate the dogs. I think there are still a few floating around the house somewhere.